Listen to the latest podcasts from SMART Recovery
A Study of the Effectiveness of SMART Recovery with Dr. Sarah Zemore
The results speak for themselves. Alternative treatment programs are as effective as traditional 12-step programs for alcohol recovery. These results have been identified thanks to Dr. Sarah Zemore’s 2018 research project, “A longitudinal study of the comparative efficacy of Women for Sobriety, LifeRing, SMART Recovery, and 12-step groups for those with AUD,” published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
SMART Recovery: The ABCs of Recovery
Peter, SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator for South Dakota, shares his life story with Adina Silvestri, EdD LPC, on her podcast, Atheists in Recovery. You will hear how Peter’s existential crisis led him to embrace the joy in recovery and how he is now working to help others do the same.
Words Matter: Addiction Terminology, Accuracy, and Stigma
Words matter to Richard Saitz, M.D., who edits medical journals and publications for accuracy surrounding addiction terminology.
In this talk, borrowed from our collection of 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference presentations, Dr. Saitz discusses substance use disorders as health conditions; how language can promote stigma and affects policy and care; and the emergence of accurate, non-stigmatizing terminology.
SMART Recovery Clarifies Position: Announces ‘Abstinence Oriented’ Recovery Support
Recently, the SMART Recovery USA Board made a minor but important change by replacing the term “abstinence-based” with “abstinence-oriented” in describing our approach to helping people. This is because people with opioid addiction are dying from overdoses when their “abstinence-based” treatment and recovery support preclude the use of opioid agonist medications, such as methadone and buprenorphine. A large part of the U.S. treatment and recovery support world continues to regard the use of these medications as “substituting one drug for another.”
SMART strongly opposes this position because these agonists help maintain tolerance to protect people from deadly overdoses when they relapse, which is common in opioid use recovery. This position is shared by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, American Medical Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, World Health Organization, and many other prominent authorities worldwide.
- Dr. Meyers speaks to the SMART community about an effective approach for influencing a loved one with addiction to seek treatment. Dr. Meyers is co-author of the book
“Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives To Nagging, Pleading and Threatening”
- and the creator of the CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) approach to family treatment.
About CRAFT: CRAFT has been clinically tested and shown to be a highly effective alternative to Johnson Interventions.
Ed Garcia describes how we can manage emotions by focusing on and analyzing our thoughts and self-talk. We have the power to change self-defeating thoughts and self-talk, and Ed Garcia tells us how to do it.
About Ed Garcia: Licensed social worker and Former Director of Training of the Albert Ellis Institute