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Whatever Happened to the Indonesian Rehab that Didn’t Insist on Abstinence?

NPR – September 7, 2022

In 2019 NPR profiled Sam Nugraha, who ran a rehab center about an hour south of the Indonesian capital in the mountain town of Bogor. During college Nugraha became addicted to heroin and started his recovery participating in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) programs that emphasized sobriety. He later worked as a counselor at an AA-style rehab program. But when a former client died of an overdose, he started wondering “What if AA’s focus on abstinence isn’t right for everyone?” He ended up creating his own addiction treatment program and rehab center called Rumah Singgah PEKA or the “Stop-by House.” He worked to create a place where people who use drugs or alcohol didn’t feel ashamed about their addictions – or about relapsing – as long as they tell their counselors. We checked in with Nugraha to see what’s happened in the past three years.

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Another Road to Sobriety

SaltWire – August 18, 2022

Dee MacLean first tried SMART Recovery when she was in the provincial addiction treatment centre in Mount Herbert in 2018. After three years of struggling with prescription opiate addiction, MacLean was ready to go to rehab.

One of the programs she took part in was Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), an alternative to traditional groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

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SMART Recovery’s Program for Veterans and First Responders

Treatment Magazine – July 7, 2022

“People with PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder], in my experience, can have exaggerated fear reactions and aggression. The Army did a poor job of identifying my problems while I was in, even though I had been to mental health treatment before I got out of the service. I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder and sent on my way. I eventually entered an IOP [intensive outpatient program], which was difficult for me, listening to people complain about petty issues when I was upset about babies being killed and the like. If my trauma had been identified earlier, it would have been much easier for me.”

These are the words of a man who served eight years as an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army. He is part of the SMART Recovery Veterans and First Responders national group meetings, which have been providing not just recovery support for participants, but valuable information for a new initiative called the SMART Veterans Program.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director to Speak on Addiction Recovery April 6

The News-Herald – April 6, 2022

National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow will be the inaugural speaker for its Jonathan von Breton Memorial Lecture Series at 4 p.m. on April 6 online, SMART Recovery officials announced this week.

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Guest of the Day: Angie Chaplin

Hello Iowa – February 15, 2022

Angie Chaplin was told if she didn’t stop drinking, she would die. She recently marked two years of being sober. Angie is a speaker, facilitator, and educator guided by mindful behavior. She shares her story and how Smart Recovery can help.

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A Podcast on Addiction, Recovery, and Mental Health

Tapping Into the Human – February 10, 2022

Tapping Into The Human is a podcast on addiction, recovery and mental health, hosted by Alex Colyer, Founder and President of the Albertus Project non-profit. Weekly, listeners will hear powerful stories from people about their journey with recovery and be inspired by individuals and organizations that are leading the charge in decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction. By tapping into the human behind addiction and mental health, we can empower those suffering by creating a culture of empathy and support.

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She Was Told If She Didn’t Stop Drinking, She Would Die. Now She’s Two Years Sober

Fearless – February 6, 2022

Angie Chaplin is the founder and owner of Mindful Leadership, a consulting practice that works to build leadership capacity in individuals, groups, teams and companies. Chaplin started her business following a decade long battle with alcohol addiction.

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AHM’s SMART Recovery Provides Support During Trying Times

Hartford Courant – January 17, 2022

Throughout the pandemic, the lives of so many people have been turned sideways and upside down. For some the challenges are overwhelming. AHM Youth and Family Services’ Clinical Director, Megan Aldridge, recently shared that she has never seen as great a need for mental health services. “The need for mental health supports for children, teens, young adults, and family members has never been greater,” said Aldridge.

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New Addiction Recovery Program Offered for Oakland County Residents

C&G Newspapers – January 13, 2022

The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities is welcoming families struggling with addiction to join them in a new program utilizing the SMART technique.

SMART stands for “self-management and recovery training.” “It’s an enhanced program that will complement a current recovery program they are in with a four-point system,” explained Tracy Chirikas, the community relations manager for the alliance. “The alliance became certified in SMART recovery in 2021. We were trained in this amazing program that was created in 1994. It is a science-based approach to recovery that utilizes tools, strategies and exercises to help complement an individual with their recovery program. It is going to enhance our support groups (that) we currently do.”

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New Douglas County Recovery Program Provides an Alternative

Superior Telegram – December 24, 2021

A new support group for those in recovery kicks off Jan. 6 in Superior.

Reclaim Recovery, a non-faith-based group, is grounded in the Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery program, which focuses on four main points:

  • Building and maintaining motivation.

  • Coping with urges.

  • Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

  • Living a balanced life.

Brittany Gauthier, program coordinator for Harbor House Crisis Shelters, said the meetings offer an alternative for those who are uncomfortable attending a faith-based program.

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Improved Health Services for People with Opioid Use Disorder in Federal Institutions

Yahoo Finance – December 17, 2021

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), and Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) have finalized a collaborative agreement that works to improve health services for people in CSC’s custody with an opioid use disorder. These improvements were made in response to the opioid crisis, and to assist in resolving a complaint filed by PLS with the CHRC.

Building on the work the organizations have undertaken over the last several years, the agreement lists measures that will further support incarcerated people with an opioid use disorder in federal custody. More specifically, CSC will continue its efforts to provide timely access to Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) through the elimination of waitlists and a focus on continuity of care, including a focus on ensuring program discontinuation only when clinically appropriate or at the request of the patient.

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Harmony Academy, Oregon’s Only Recovery High School, Is About Recovering the Whole Person

The Oregonian – November 3, 2021

When she was 10, Emily Rask found herself struggling at school — in and out of the classroom. Some kids noticed and zeroed in on her.

“I was bullied really hard, and I blamed myself,” she recalls. “I just thought I wasn’t good enough, that that’s why they were picking on me.”

The bullying continued for years, and she turned to drugs as an escape. In the eighth grade, she spiraled into despondency, she says. She ended up at a mental-health treatment facility.

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National Recovery Month: How SMART Recovery Helps People Heal

Spectrum News 1 Ohio – September 22, 2021

September is National Recovery Month and more than 20 million Americans consider themselves in recovery from a drug or alcohol use problem.

For decades, SMART Recovery, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, has helped people battling addiction. The northeast Ohio nonprofit has a global footprint and thousands of volunteers that make it happen.

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Shamokin Recovery Club Hosting SMART Program for Teens

The Daily Item – August 12, 2021

A support group for teens seeking recovery from addictive and compulsive behaviors begins Sept. 1 at Oasis Community Recovery Club in downtown Shamokin.

The first meeting for the SMART Recovery Teen & Youth Support Program begins at 5 p.m. Sept. 1. Meetings continue each Wednesday at Oasis, located in the basement of the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library, 210 E. Independence St.

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Researcher Begins Trial on How LGBTQ Individuals Experience SMART Recovery Substance Use Program – July 7, 2021

Sexual and gender minority individuals experience alcohol and substance use disorders at rates much higher than their peers, yet little is known about how treatment and recovery programs work for them. A University of Kansas researcher is leading a study to better understand how members of the LGBTQ community experience SMART Recovery, an alternative to traditional 12-step programs, and potentially guide improvements to the program.

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NTC Taking Substance Abuse Recovery to the Next Level – June 16, 2021

The Homer City Council at its meeting Monday night heard a presentation about the Ninilchik Traditional Council’s Medical Assisted Treatment Program by Kathleen Totemoff.  She talked about a lot of advances in opioid and alcohol treatment that NTC is offering. One of them is “SMART Recovery.”

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Self Help Groups and Medication Use in Opioid Addiction Treatment

Health Affairs – June 14, 2021

Self-help groups and medications (such as buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone) both play important roles in opioid addiction treatment. The relative use of these two treatment modalities has not been characterized in a national study. Our study found that self-help groups were only rarely connected with medication treatment: among all adult discharges from opioid addiction treatment between 2015 and 2017, 10.4 percent used both self-help groups and medications, 29.3 percent used only medications, 29.8 percent used only self-help groups, and 30.5 percent used neither self-help groups nor medications. Use of self-help groups without medication is most common in residential facilities, among racial/ethnic minorities, criminal justice referrals, and uninsured or privately-insured patients, as well as in the South and West. These subgroups may be important targets for future efforts to identify and overcome barriers to medication treatment and to create multimodal paths to recovery.

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Summit Focus Community Spotlight – June 10, 2021

Michael Hopper, SMART Recovery’s State Outreach Director for Ohio was interviewed on the Summit Focus Community Spotlight radio program.

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Lakes Area Community Coalition Now Offering Addiction Support Groups for Youth, Friends & Family

The Spinal Column – May 5, 2021

The Lakes Area Community Coalition is offering a new tool to support young people struggling with addictive behaviors.

Last month, they officially rolled out their youth-only SMART Recovery groups.

The SMART Recovery model is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addictive behavior (to drugs or alcohol, or to activities such as gambling or over-eating.)

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What is SMART Recovery

RecoveryCast – March 31, 2021

SMART Recovery’s State Outreach Director for Ohio, Mike Hooper, was featured on the RecoveryCast podcast.  This engaging interview gets to the heart of  what is SMART Recovery is all about.

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How to Foster Peer Support for Addiction Recovery During Quarantine

Public Health Degrees – March 18, 2021

Peer mentors and sponsors often provide crucial support and accountability for people recovering from addiction. But building and maintaining networks can be difficult for people in recovery—especially those who are new to sobriety—when public health measures prevent people from meeting in-person. Substance use disorders are particularly dangerous when paired with COVID-19, as they have been linked to higher COVID-19 susceptibility, according to research from the National Institutes of Health.

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Humanism and SMART Recovery – March 3, 2021

SMART Recovery’s principles and practices provide a science-based, self-empowered method for battling addiction—one of the most significant healthcare crises of this century. From the beginning, there was a strong alliance between the secular community and SMART Recovery, which stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training.

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SMART Recovery to be Next Topic in Lakeland Community College’s Knowledge Exchange

The News-Herald – February 11, 2021

Lakeland Community College will host an online presentation, “The Scientific Method: Evidence Based Approach to Addiction Recovery,” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 17.

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State Expert to Discuss Addiction Recovery in Free Webinar February 17th

Patch – February 10, 2021

Lakeland Community College will host a virtual presentation, “The Scientific Method: Evidence Based Approach to Addiction Recovery,” Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The program is part of the college’s Knowledge Exchange programming and is free and open to the public. Participants may access the program by logging in to the presentation via Webex at, password: Knowledge.

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The SMART-Secular Alliance to Help End the Addiction Epidemic

The American Humanist Association – February 1, 2021

Over more than a quarter-century, the secular community has supported SMART Recovery in helping millions of people overcome addiction with a self-empowering and science-based model. Today, well over 4,000 weekly SMART meetings online and in person are helping individuals and their families recover around the world. Many more meetings are needed as the COVID pandemic has exacerbated an already severe epidemic in addiction and drug overdose deaths. William Greer shared SMART’s ambitious plans for growth based on a new strategic plan and how humanists and other members of the secular community can support these efforts.

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SMART Recovery In The News – January 2021 – January 25, 2021

SMART Recovery IN THE NEWS is a video summary of SMART’s growing media presence.

The SMART mentions are from articles and press conferences from around the world.

Addiction Researchers Recount How They Made Recovery Meetings Available Remotely During Pandemic

The University of Kansas – January 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new perils and challenges for people experiencing substance use disorders and addictive behaviors. Social distancing and isolation can trigger loneliness, anxiety and depression. These circumstances have put some “recreational users” at risk for developing addictions and caused some in recovery from addictions to relapse.

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SMART Recovery Presenting a Virtual Talk January 20 Via Zoom

The News-Herald – January 20, 2021

Illustrating the new digital reality in the present recovery movement, SMART Recovery USA Board President William Greer will deliver a virtual talk on the night of Jan. 20 via Zoom.

The presentation is part of the American Humanist Association’s Speaking of Humanism series. The association has been a long-time ally of SMART in the secular pathway to recovery for those battling substance use disorders and patterns of negative behaviors.

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Media One Radio Show Round Table – January 18, 2021

Mike Hooper, SMART Recovery’s State Outreach Director for Ohio was interviewed on the Media One Group Round Table program.

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Michael Hooper, State Outreach Director Ohio SMART Recovery

Your Voices of Hope – January 18, 2021

Michael tried other ways to get sober such as 12 step programs, going to AA, and rehab, but then a friend introduced him to SMART Recovery.

A recovery program that gets to the root of your addiction not just telling you to stay away from your addiction.

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Reimagine Your Relationship to Alcohol

The New York Times – January 15, 2021

Seven years ago, Laura McKowen started a drinking journal. She knew alcohol was an issue for her — she knew it when her 4-year-old daughter helped her clean up the morning after a blackout, and she knew it the 10th time she drove to work hung over — but she needed to see it.

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17 Best Online Sobriety Support Spaces for 2021 – January 13, 2021

So much of our world has gone digital, especially with the pandemic. For people in recovery who previously relied on in-person support, the need to replicate that network virtually is more important than ever.

Online sobriety support spaces are also great starting points for people who are new to sobriety and are hesitant to put themselves out there in-person. They provide a space to be open and honest with relative anonymity.

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SMART Recovery’s HOHO Initiative Aims to Combat Holiday Isolation

The News-Herald – November 30, 2020

Mentor-based SMART Recovery is launching the Holiday Outreach Helping Others, or HOHO, initiative – an array of online support and resources to combat isolation and the accompanying addiction and mental health challenges over the holidays.

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Holidays + COVID-19 = Best and Worst of Times

Today’s Family- November 30, 2020

In his book, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens tells the story of politics and a romantic competition against the backdrop of the French Revolution. He writes about opposite conditions existing simultaneously: wisdom and foolishness, hope and despair, light and darkness. Dickens concludes that “it was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” And with the holidays fast approaching, combined with COVID-19, many of us can relate to this sentiment.

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They Sacrificed for Us Interview

Facebook – October 27, 2020

Mike Hooper, SMART Recovery’s State Outreach Director for Ohio was interviewed on the They Sacrificed for Us program.

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Providing Addiction Services During a Pandemic: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment – October 2, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing measures have made in-person mutual help groups inaccessible to many individuals struggling with substance use disorders (SUDs). Prior to the pandemic, stakeholders in our community had sponsored a program to train volunteers to facilitate local Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) groups. As a result, the community established seven weekly SMART Recovery groups, which more than 200 community members attended. In March 2020, the community discontinued these groups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To provide SMART Recovery during social distancing, we developed a one-on-one phone-in service for people with SUDs and addictions: the SMART Recovery Line (SMARTline). In this paper, we share our experience training volunteers to facilitate SMART Recovery groups and SMARTline. As a result of our experience, we have learned to: (1) establish plans in advance to migrate services from face-to-face settings to remote platforms; (2) consider remote platforms that are easily accessible to the greatest number of individuals; (3) include as many stakeholders in the planning process as possible; (4) consider recruiting volunteers to help in the provision of services, especially since many people want to help fellow community members during crises; and (5) anticipate and prepare for crises well before they occur.

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Media One Radio Show Round Table – September 13, 2020

Mike Hooper, SMART Recovery’s State Outreach Director for Ohio was interviewed on the Media One Group Round Table program.

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SMART Recovery In The News – August 2020 – September 2, 2020

SMART Recovery IN THE NEWS is a new video summary of SMART’s growing media presence.

The SMART mentions are from articles and press conferences from around the world.

“Army Veteran Finds the Beginning of a New Road With SMART Recovery USA”

The News-Herald – September 1, 2020

Ever since Michael Hooper started with SMART Recovery USA, it’s been his dream to be employed by the not-for-profit organization.

Now, for the U.S. Army National Guard veteran, his dream is a reality.

“I wanted to dedicate all of my time to this program, so when I found out about this, I was elated,” said Hooper, who has been hired by the Mentor-based SMART Recovery USA Inc. to be Ohio’s outreach director. “I haven’t had news like that since my daughter was born, so this was a phenomenal achievement.”

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“YSS Offering Addiction Recovery Program for Teens and Older Youth”

The Intelligencer: Wheeling New-Register – August 29, 2020

Youth Services System Inc.’s Peer Recovery Support team will hold an information meeting for teens and older youth in recovery at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Unity Center, 4850 Eoff St., Benwood.

YSS invites people ages 14-22 who have struggled with alcohol or drugs to attend the meeting and learn about SMART Recovery, a self-help recovery program. For information, call Abby Baker, YSS peer recovery support specialist, 304-639-4902. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend this initial meeting.

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“YSS Offering Addiction Recovery Program for Teens” – August 28, 2020

A new program is lending teens and young adults who are fighting against addiction a helping hand.

It’s for any youth struggling with any kind of addiction, according to the new program. But it is only limited to 14 to 22 year olds.

Youth Services System is calling it the SMART Recovery, which is a self-help recovery program. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training.

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“Substance Recovery Group Meetings Online During the Pandemic”

Cincinnati WCPO – August 27, 2020

Not many substance recovery groups have been meeting in person since the pandemic started, but one local group has moved online to make sure those recovering from substance addiction still get the support they need.

A lot of people have been stuck in their homes and isolated from others since the start of the pandemic, and for people recovering from substance addiction, isolation and boredom can lead to issues with their recovery.

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“Collegiate Recovery Community to Launch SMART Recovery This Week”

Iowa State Daily – August 24, 2020

Iowa State’s Student Wellness will be launching a new program this week to help students who struggle with addiction.

Last spring, Student Wellness launched Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) to support students in their recovery or those seeking recovery from substance abuse, gambling, gaming or other issues.

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“Mental Health Association Has SMART Recovery”

Observer Today – August 20, 2020

While Mark Hurst is a pastor, when he facilitates the SMART Recovery group at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, it is not religion-focused.

The Mental Health Association is a peer recovery center offering support groups and individual coaching for people looking to improve their lives, deepen wellness, thrive in recovery or support those on a recovery path. Peers use their personal stories to help people find recovery in their own lives in their own way.

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“Dear Harriette”

The Mercury News – August 11, 2020

DEAR HARRIETTE: Thank you for the advice that you offered to “On the Edge,” who was concerned about their increased drinking. May I offer one additional piece of information for future reference? Alcoholics Anonymous (or any 12-step program) is not for everyone.

An alternative or supplemental resource (for some) is SMART Recovery, which utilizes the concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy to examine, analyze and alter the way in which we think and rationalize our thoughts.

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“SMART Move – Support Group Facilitator Draws on Her Own Recovery”

Daily Inter Lake – July 27, 2020

Self-empowerment is the reason Brett Rinebold became a SMART Recovery support group facilitator.

The vibrant 34-year-old has been through addiction and recovery. She’s experienced the fallout of substance abuse and addiction among family and friends who never made it to recovery.

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SMART Recovery In The News – June 2 – July 14, 2020 – July 14, 2020

SMART Recovery IN THE NEWS is a new video summary of SMART’s growing media presence.

The SMART mentions are from articles and press conferences from around the world.

“SMART Recovery Increases Staff In Response to Growth”

The News-Herald – July 7, 2020

Even before concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic impacted operations at Mentor-based nonprofit SMART Recovery USA, Executive Director Mark Ruth realized he needed more staff to support the organization’s growth and service needs.

Consequently, Ruth decided to pursue Northeast Ohio talent, successfully bringing on three new employees with strong ties to Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and surrounding counties.

According to SMART — Self-Management and Recovery Training — the additions bring the national office staff to 17 full-time, part-time and support resources and professionals.

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“What Most People Don’t Know About Trauma and Addiction”

Psychology Today – July 7, 2020

If you are like most people, you may think addiction is a rampant problem in our society. And you’re partially right. It is. But that misses the forest for the trees. It’s not the root problem itself. It’s actually a failed solution to the underlying problem: the pandemic of unhealed, psychological trauma. It’s essential to realize that addiction is the symptom of the problem in reality. It’s no coincidence that about 28 percent of those with diagnosable PTSD have an addiction issue and another 35 percent have a full-blown, serious, physiologically-dependent addiction. The good news is it’s very treatable, but it takes effort.

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“NCAD Spotlight: Connecticut Center Focuses on Recovery Support for Young People”

Addiction Professional – June 24, 2020

Although recovery supports for youth and young adults generally have lagged in comparison to those for such services for adults, the Wheeler Clinic’s Connecticut Center for Prevention, Wellness, and Recovery in Plainville, Connecticut, is making strides toward closing that gap.

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“Addiction, Hope, and Recovery in the Time of COVID-19”

The Christian Science Monitor – June 23, 2020

Four summers ago, Frederick Shegog ate a bag of donuts from a dumpster. Homeless and hungry in downtown Philadelphia, he says the sweets replaced a meal he’d have to buy with the last of his cash.

“I wanted that money to save, because I wanted to drink and hopefully I wouldn’t wake up,” he says. Living with an alcohol use disorder, Mr. Shegog had tried 20 different rehabs without success.

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“How Americans’ Drinking Habits Have Changed During the Pandemic”

PBS News Hour – June 11, 2020

Stay-at-home orders posed a special challenge to Americans who struggle with addiction and rely on the support of in-person recovery meetings. Many others found their alcohol consumption patterns changed significantly during the pandemic. William Brangham reports on the impact COVID-19 has had on Americans’ substance use — including consequences that could long outlast the virus.

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SMART Recovery In The News – May 16 – June 2, 2020 – June 2, 2020

SMART Recovery IN THE NEWS is a new video summary of SMART’s growing media presence.

The SMART mentions are from articles and press conferences from around the world.

“Top 25 Drug Addiction Blogs, Websites, & Influencers in 2020”

Feedspot – May 27, 2020

SMART Recovery is ranked #1 on Feedspot’s Top 25 Drug Addiction Blogs, Websites, & Influencers in 2020 list.

SMART Recovery In The News – May 1 – 15, 2020 – May 15, 2020

SMART Recovery IN THE NEWS is a new video summary of SMART’s growing media presence.

The SMART mentions are from articles and press conferences from around the world.

“SMART Recovery Moves Massively Online Amid COVID-19”

The Sober World – May 1, 2020

Like the minor wave that precedes the tsunami, the first call came in early March from Roger Weiss, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Addictions at McLean Hospital in suburban Boston. He broke the news to me gently: all 6 weekly SMART Recovery meetings at McLean Hospital had to cease and desist because all visitors to the campus who were neither staff nor patients/clients would now be barred from entry. I realized SMART Recovery would need to move massively online amid COVID-19

As volunteer advisor to SMART Recovery/Massachusetts, I am often the point of contact within the organization. I immediately contacted the facilitators of the four SMART Recovery meetings, the SMART Family and Friends meeting and the facilitator who visited the Detox Unit to present an Introductory Presentation each week and told them not to show up for their meeting. I advised them to contact participants if they had any way to do so, and to contact the central office in Ohio to obtain a ZOOM license.

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SMART Recovery In The News – April 18-30, 2020 – May 1, 2020

SMART Recovery IN THE NEWS is a new video summary of SMART’s growing media presence.

The SMART mentions are from articles and press conferences from around the world.

“Why COVID-19 Can be Toxic for People in Alcohol Recovery”

PBS News Hour – April 23, 2020

For millions of people in recovery or looking for help for alcohol use, in-person group meetings can be a source of relief. But social distancing measures that were put in place to help curb the coronavirus have disrupted the support networks people rely upon for help.

The “COVID pandemic has created an explosion of people who are in crisis as a result of isolation and anxiety,” said Dr. Yngvild Olsen of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. For people in recovery, those feelings can increase the chance of a relapse. Support groups have hastily stitched together a patchwork of video meetings and virtual support networks to try to catch people when they need help. But the system is imperfect, and health professionals won’t have a true picture of the long-term consequences of COVID-19 on addiction recovery for months, if not longer.

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SMART Recovery In The News – April 3 – 17, 2020 – April 20, 2020

SMART Recovery IN THE NEWS is a new video summary of SMART’s growing media presence.

The SMART mentions are from articles and press conferences from around the country.

SMART Recovery In The News – Week of March 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020

SMART Recovery IN THE NEWS  is a new video summary of SMART’s growing media presence.

The SMART mentions are from articles and press conferences from around the country.

“SMART Recovery Helps Those with Addiction Problems”

Today’s Family – March 30, 2020

If you ask Mark Ruth, running out of office space for employees is a good thing.  And running out of room in the staff fridge is okay too.  After all, the need for expansion is about being able to help more people who are trying to overcome various addictions.

Ruth is the executive director of SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery USA, Inc®.  The organization’s national office, located in Mentor, Ohio, supports a community of mutual support groups.

“Alcohol and the Outbreak” – March 29, 2020

SMART Recovery Board President, Bill Greer, participated in a video discussion with Phil Cain on Alcohol and the Outbreak.

They discuss how to respond to the radically new conditions coronavirus creates for those working to reduce alcohol harm. With contributions from: psychiatrist and alcohol expert, Peter Rice, Bill Greer, President of SMART Recovery USA; Alison Douglas of Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland; And Andrew Brown of Public Health England.

Why Addiction Treatment Isn’t “One Size Fits All” – March 3, 2020

The cycle of addiction remains untreated for a large group of Americans due to lack of awareness that recovery is possible and that there are multiple avenues to get there.

The good news is that recovery is attainable, and research shows that over 22 million Americans have successfully resolved a significant drug or alcohol problem using a variety of traditional and non-traditional means.

For many individuals, successful recovery includes participation in a mutual support program such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). But for individuals that have not found success with 12-Step programs or are not willing to consider this as an option, a growing number of recovery pathways are available.

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Montcalm Alano Club focuses on helping area youth – March 2, 2017

GREENVILLE — The Montcalm Alano Club (MAC) is an organization committed to helping those struggling with addiction make it through to the other side.

In the group’s quest to meet addicts where they are in life and help bring them through their struggles, members have seen a need for support of children, teens and young adults. To help fill that need, the Alano Club has secured a $10,000 grant from the Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC).

The grant funding is earmarked for educational resources for adolescents affected by addiction. Funds have also helped to cover the costs several computers, toys and other things for children as well as childcare for parents involved in the various addiction programs offered at the MAC building.

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Can ‘Sober High’ schools keep teenagers off drugs? – February 22, 2017

Skinny and teeming with nervous energy, Matt Langley grew up with an outlook that was anything but upbeat. “I guess I was never comfortable in my own skin,” he says. “Everything that came out of my mouth, I would second-guess.”

Drugs relieved him of that burden, starting with marijuana, which he said a friend’s mother introduced him to at age 13.

Over the next six years, more powerful substances followed: acid, Ecstasy. Then, he says, “A friend of mine asked if I’d like to try Xanax.” That was in January 2016. For the next six months, he took Xanax every day.

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SMART Recovery Issues Research Statement

February 15, 2017
Statement by SMART Recovery President Joe Gerstein, MD, FACP

We welcome the first review of research on SMART Recovery by an international team of addiction scientists, “Systematic Review of SMART Recovery: Outcomes, Process Variables and Implications for Research,” published in the February, 2017 issue of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, one of the world’s leading addiction journals.

This review of scientific literature covered 12 studies published from 2000 to 2016. This growing body of research, especially in the most recent years, reflects the increased interest in the scientific community about the important role SMART could play in addiction recovery, alleviating one of the most serious global healthcare crises. (See PDF below for the entire statement.)

Download and read the entire statement here (PDF)

Before it’s too late – February 15, 2017

The numbers are revealing and frightening.

More than 14 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills are legally sold through prescription in Madison County per year (2014 statistics). That breaks down to 54 pills per Madison County resident. By comparison, the statewide average is 1.22 pills per resident, and nationally, the number is 1.73 pills per resident.

Once the prescription for painkillers ends, more and more people are looking for another solution to manage their pain or ease their new addiction to these potent narcotics. Most often, they turn to heroin. It is cheap and easily available, often costing as little as $5 per dose. Unfortunately, the most critical side effect of heroin, unlike some other street drugs, is that it is instantly addictive.

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Greengates woman gets job with The Hidden Homeless charity which helped her turn her life around

Telegraph & Argus – February 10, 2017

MUM-OF-FOUR who stole to fund her next heroin fix has got a job with the same charity that helped turn her life around.

Catherine Holmes was desperate to change when a drugs worker referred her to a recovery programme with The Hidden Homeless in Bradford.

The 33-year-old from Greengates said she had been too ashamed for years to get help being caught up in a destructive cycle of stealing to feed her drugs habit and having a boyfriend who was also a heroin addict.

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Court program presents framework to regain control of life

Chicago Tribune – February 7, 2017
Tom’s path to recovery has not been an easy one.

Tom, who asked that his identity be protected because he’s in recovery, lived through alcoholic parents and constant moves as a child because of his father’s military career, learning early to develop what he calls a mask he wore as a shield against what was going on in his life.

“I started my drinking career probably at 16 or 17,” said Tom, 36, who lives in Valparaiso.

After his second arrest for driving while intoxicated in less than three years, he landed in Porter County Jail.

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New Findings on Alternative Support Groups

Alcohol Research Group – January 18, 2017

A new study from ARG Senior Scientist Sarah E. Zemore and colleagues found that people in recovery who attended alternative support groups experienced more cohesion and greater satisfaction when compared with members of traditional 12-step programs. Alternative programs included Women for Sobriety, LifeRing, and SMART Recovery. Study team members included ARG scientists Lee Kaskutas and Amy Mericle, and research associate Jordana Hemberg.

Results also indicated that people who attended alternative groups were less religious, had higher education and income, were older, more likely to be married, and less committed to lifetime abstinence. These members also reported lower lifetime drug use and psychiatric severity than 12-step members.

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County to get new addiction recovery program

New Jersey Herald – Dec 13, 2016

Not all addiction recovery methods work for everyone.

While a 12-step faith based program such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous may work for some people, it doesn’t for others.

In an effort to bring as many treatment and recovery options to Sussex County as possible, The Center for Prevention and Counseling, on Dec. 19, will launch a SMART Recovery group meeting at its office in Andover Township.

In an effort to bring as many treatment and recovery options to Sussex County as possible, The Center for Prevention and Counseling, on Dec. 19, will launch a SMART Recovery group meeting at its office in Andover Township.

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Criticism of 12-Step Groups: Is It Warranted?

Psychiatry Advisor – October 5, 2016

For people entering recovery, whether on an inpatient or outpatient basis, or some option in between, it is highly likely they will be encouraged to attend a 12-step group such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. In fact, many facilities and therapists require participation in these types of programs.

A 2014 study found that nearly 80% of clinicians surveyed had referred clients to 12-step groups, which are also routinely mandated by the judicial system for individuals convicted of offenses involving alcohol or illicit drugs.1 A 2013 paper in Social Work and Public Health reported that approximately 5 million people in the US aged 12 or older attended a self-help group for substance use issues.

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Event gets word out on help for addiction – October 5, 2016

A few hundred people showed up at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock on Sunday to participate on the Rockin’ Out Addiction, Rollin’ in Recovery event.

The event was co-organized by Not One More in Wyoming County and Young People in Recovery, two organizations that have called for assistance and awareness for people suffering from chemical dependency.

John Fabiseski, Chapter Lead for Wyoming County YPR, said that he is amazed at the response the event received from the public.

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Ohio University students going through alcohol recovery face particular challenges

The Post (Athens Ohio) – September 29, 2016

Three weeks after Jimmy Stitt started his freshman year at Ohio University, he found himself in a back alley wearing handcuffs.

He was arrested after receiving after his first underage drinking charge in fall 2012.

“Didn’t think too much of it,” Stitt said.

Fast forward one year later, and he picked up an underage drinking citation after the police broke up a party he was attending.

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WVU Collegiate Recovery Program aims to help students in recovery

Exponent Telegram – September 25, 2016

MORGANTOWN — Efforts to provide support for individuals struggling with addiction and other behavioral disorders are much-needed in West Virginia. One such effort, and the only of its kind in the state, is West Virginia University’s Collegiate Recovery Program.

The program aims to provide a safe place for students in recovery to come and socialize, study, meditate and find support among a community of peers who are also in recovery.

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Joy Trumps Grief For Loved Ones Of Recovering Addicts – September 14, 2016

Things started quietly at the Live 4 Lali SMART Recovery Family & Friends support group, held in a small Arlington Heights office Tuesday evening, Sept. 6.

Live 4 Lali is a local addiction awareness organization founded in the memory of Buffalo Grove resident Alex N. Laliberte, who died in 2009 from a heroin overdose at age 20. At the Live 4 Lali office, 3275 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Suite 403, various meetings are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays for addicts, family, friends, and grieving loved ones.

Just four participants arranged themselves in a semicircle facing Director of Operations Laura Fry: three mothers and one father. A common lament among organizers for groups such as this one in the Northwest suburbs is that it’s hard to get people into meetings. Read More…

The Addicts Mom vigil set for Sept. 10 in Augusta

The event is to raise awareness and honor those in the addiction community, living and deceased. – September 3, 2016

The Second annual The Addicts Mom event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Mill Park Pavilion, 1 Water St. and Northern Avenue.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and honor those in the addiction community, living and deceased. TAM will be a large presence with moms whose children have been affected by the disease of addiction.

In addition to TAM, The Maine Alliance of Addiction Recovery will be present to provide literature and information about where resources can be found and assistance given for those affected by addictive disorders.

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Faces & Voices of Recovery – September 2, 2016
The nation’s leading recovery advocacy agency has given those marginalized by the traditional system a louder voice and encouraged people to speak out about multiple pathways to recovery.

Through the hard work and dedication of hundreds of recovery advocates at a 2001 summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, the nation’s leading recovery advocacy agency was born: Faces & Voices of Recovery. Out of that summit came a clear path to begin to organize people in recovery community organizations (RCOs) so they may come out of the shadows and share their powerful stories of recovery in efforts to reduce the stigma, shame, and discrimination that are associated with addiction.

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Marc Maron’s Homecoming

Albuquerque native talks WTF, recovery and growing up in the city – September 1, 2016

Marc Maron has a long memory. Through nine years of hosting his podcast—called WTF—the sometimes-bitter, but always sharp comedian has confronted his past, not only through the therapy-like dialogue that precedes the interviews that the series is based around, but through the conversations that he has with others. There is often the sense that Maron walks away from each conversation a better person.

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SMART Recovery charts new addiction treatment – August 30, 2016
A new anti-addiction program is available in Cayman.

According to organizer Marney Motsinger, the Cayman representative for the Canadian-founded SMART Recovery program, the local chapter is just starting and has drawn only about four people so far. She wants to expand the group’s reach, minimize the pressure of constant meetings and encourage self-reliance.

“I’ve never been someone for AA and the Bible, never able see things through that Christian lens,” she says, although encouraging everyone to find the best path to self-help.

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A Different Type of Addiction (High Country News) – August 16, 2016

After being sober for 27 years, Bruce Bender started drinking again.

It started just as a drink, something to help him deal with the crushing loneliness he felt living alone in Washington, D.C. It was the first time in his adult life he had lived by himself.

He rationalized the drinking, told himself he had control over it, that it was just a little booze and that, being an adult, he was entitled to drink whenever he wanted. Besides, since he had already stopped drinking once, he could do it again.

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Locals discuss mental health – August 16, 2016
Several local organizations came together with the goal of improving health care accessibility to Airdrians at an inaugural meet-and-greet event, Aug. 12.

The event was the brainchild of local health advocates Michelle Bates, who chairs the Airdrie Health Foundation, and Kim Titus, the founder of the mental health advocacy group Thumbs Up Foundation.

Representatives from organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, SMART Recovery Alberta, EMS, took part, sharing what services they offered with one another.

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Do you or a loved one struggle with addiction? A new treatment option is here. – August 12, 2016

A new recovery program is offering addicts a means to get better without leaning on faith-based counseling.

SMART Recovery, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, is based on the latest medical research into addiction behaviors and offers online message boards, in-person meetings, 24/7 chatroom sessions and more.

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Options for addicts: New support group offers non faith-based treatment – August 12, 2016

A non-faith-based addiction support group has formed in Hancock County, giving residents who struggle with substance abuse a path to recovery not previously offered through free county treatment programs, officials said.

SMART Recovery, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, gives participants tools to change their behavior that are based on the latest medical research into addiction behaviors, organizers said. Methods to reach patients are as varied as those who seek treatment, organizers said, including online message boards, in-person meetings, 24/7 chatroom sessions and more.

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Cyclist almost finished 2nd cross-country tour in 3 years

CBC News – August 3, 2016

A man who inspired Canadians with his cross-country bike trek and documentary about prescription drug abuse is back on the road.

Chris Cull made the Victoria to St. John’s journey in 2014, which resulted in the film called Inspire.

He’s gone on to become a leading public speaker and advocate for people trying to recover from addiction, and an advisor to federal government and medical panels and bodies.

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Teaching Future Doctors About Addiction

July 28, 2016 –

Jonathan Goodman can recall most of the lectures he’s attended at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He can recite detailed instructions given more than a year ago about how to conduct a physical.

But at the end of his second year, the 27-year-old M.D.-Ph.D. student could not remember any class dedicated to addiction medicine. Then he recalled skipping class months earlier. Reviewing his syllabus, he realized he had missed the sole lecture dedicated to that topic.

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This article also appeared on NPR: As Opioid Epidemic Surges, Medical Schools Try To Keep Pace

SMART program tackles addiction in Cowichan Valley

July 22, 2016 –

Looking for help dealing with your addictive behaviours?

A free self-help program for those who have chosen or are considering abstinence from addictive behaviours, whether they are substance abuse or addictive activities, is now being offered in the Cowichan Valley.

The program is called SMART, an acronym for self management and recovery training.

SMART is a nation-wide, non-profit network of abstinence-based self-help groups that use cognitive-behavioural methods of behavioural change.

Dave Street, who facilitates the SMART program in the Cowichan Valley, said the program is a recognized alternative to the traditional 12-step programs, and was brought to the valley in March at the request of Duncan Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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Addiction Recovery for the Nonreligious Works at SMART Program

July 19, 2016 –

It’s been 18 months since Lisa K. had her last drink and she says she has the SMART Recovery Program to thank.

In and out of AA for years, Lisa said it just doesn’t work for her.

“I just don’t agree with the 12 steps,” she said, saying she used her late mother as her “higher power.” “I honestly came out of the meetings feeling worse than when I went in.”

She said she was poking around on the computer in late 2014 hoping she could find something else that would help her so she went online and searched for “non-12-step programs.”

The first one she saw was SMART Recovery so she tried it. And loved it.

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Addiction Recovery Program Comes to Belmont

July 11, 2016 –

The SMART Recovery Program, as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, will be hosting weekly meetings in the basement of the Belmont Mill on Mondays beginning in August.

SMART is different from AA or NA in that it employs known psychological reinforcements for drug and alcohol recovery that do not including(sic) accepting a higher power.

“It is recognizing that some people do not believe in a higher power,” said Welfare Director Donna Cilley who said she has had a number of requests for NA meetings somewhere in Belmont.

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What Happens at a SMART Recovery Meeting?

June 27, 2016 –
A SMART Recovery meeting offers people who want to stop doing something – but find themselves still doing it – an opportunity to meet together with others with similar challenges. The free meeting is chaired by a volunteer trained as either a host or as a facilitator.

A facilitator has completed a 30-hour training. A host has completed a self-paced, online training that takes 4-6 hours.

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SMART Recovery Plays A Role In Helping People Change

June 21, 2016 – WSKG

It’s not easy to change. No one knows that more than someone who struggles with drug or alcohol abuse.

A couple of times a week, people in Binghamton have a recovery option that’s different from the more well-known Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. It’s called SMART Recovery, short for Self Management And Recovery Training.

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Groups Offer Secular Help for Alcohol Abusers

June 17, 2016 – Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I know I have an issue with alcohol. I have read about local AA groups, but they don’t seem right for me because I’m an atheist. When I went to my doctor, along with my supportive husband, she had no suggestions to offer. I know I need help beyond what friends and family can provide. Do you have any ideas for me? — TAKING THE STEP IN PENNSYLVANIA.

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Straight Street on the Move

Straight Street on the Move
May 18, 2016 –


The Straight Street Addiction Recovery Group has moved its business offices to Belding from Ionia as it continues to grow.

Straight Street Director Nate Smith said the move to Belding is beneficial because the city is more centrally located between the drug treatment organization’s facilitates in Ionia, Greenville and Lowell. Straight Street opened the Lowell facility earlier this year, and has also had several people staying at a rural farmhouse outside of Ionia since January.

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Offering support

On the Record with Brenda Butz and Nikki Myers
May 11, 2016 –
Although Brenda Butz and Nikki Myers work in the office of Braden Counseling Center, 2600 DeKalb Ave., Suite J, in Sycamore, they wanted to take an active role in counseling.

Butz, the office manager, and Myers, an office assistant, are facilitators for SMART Recovery, a science-based addiction support group that started in April. The international nonprofit organization uses non-confrontational motivational, behavioral and cognitive methods to teach self-empowering skills and to support people struggling with addictions.

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New addiction recovery center opening in Concord

Hope for NH Recovery has centers in Manchester, Newport
May 8, 2016 –

A new weapon in the fight against opioids in New Hampshire opens Monday morning in Concord.

Hope for NH Recovery has locations in Manchester and Newport. On Monday, the organization will the doors to a new center in Concord.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, and the staff is looking forward to helping people struggling with addiction kick drugs and alcohol for good.

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New addiction recovery center opening in Concord

Hope for NH Recovery has centers in Manchester, Newport
May 8, 2016 –

A new weapon in the fight against opioids in New Hampshire opens Monday morning in Concord.

Hope for NH Recovery has locations in Manchester and Newport. On Monday, the organization will the doors to a new center in Concord.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, and the staff is looking forward to helping people struggling with addiction kick drugs and alcohol for good.

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New program helps Sheboygan inmates beat addiction

April 22, 2016 – Sheboygan Press (USA Today Network)

This is part four in a series: “What is Sheboygan doing about addiction?”

A pilot program underway at the Sheboygan County jail is helping incarcerated drug users deal with their addiction, but Sheriff Todd Priebe said it will take a community-wide effort to fully combat the issue.

The new program at the jail, called SMART recovery, aims to help inmates struggling with addiction work toward recovery though an intensive 6-week program. Once placed in the program, inmates attend multiple sessions each week working on topics such as managing stress and anger and living a balanced life.

“We are hoping to make this a regular program to help those in our facility deal with their addictions,” Priebe said.

The new program is in response to Priebe’s belief that those suffering from addiction need treatment more than they need incarceration. It is aimed at helping the drug users, not dealers, who Priebe said are detrimental to addicts attempting to get clean.

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Recovery program expands options

March 30, 2016 – Concord Monitor

For those struggling with addiction, detoxing from drugs and alcohol is just the beginning.

Maintaining sobriety takes a lifetime of work, but for decades, the options for those in long-term recovery were limited to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, two spiritually based programs.

Now, in addition to those 12-step programs, there are other recovery options, including Self Management and Recovery Training, also known as SMART.

SMART recovery has only been available in New Hampshire for about two years, with meetings in Concord, Manchester, Nashua and Exeter.

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SMART Recovery® Meetings Cross 2,000 Mark, Including 1,000 in U.S

March 28, 2016 – Digital Journal

500 Launched in 2015 as More People Seek Self-Empowerment to Overcome Addictions

The number of SMART Recovery addiction support group meetings crossed two milestones early this year: 2,000 overall and 1,000 in the U.S. In fact, nearly 500 were launched in 2015 alone, after about 300 were started the previous year. And the fast growth rate continues with nearly 100 having already been started in the first two months of 2016.

Fueling this growth is the large number of people completing the training program required to facilitate or host SMART meetings – 1,095 in 2015 alone. “Numerous volunteers are starting meetings in their communities to broaden free support group choices. They are attracted by the program’s use of science-based tools and positive and practical measures to help people overcome addictions,” said SMART Recovery Executive Director Shari Allwood. Read More…

Note: You can download an announcement here (PDF)

SMART Recovery program expands to Summerside, Alberton

March 18, 2016 – CBC News (Prince Edward Island)

The SMART Recovery Program — an alternative to the typical 12-step program — will be expanding across the province with plans to continue to grow in the future.

Starting next week, the program — which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training — will be available at the Youth Recovery Centre in Summerside, P.E.I., and next month, services will be offered in Alberton, P.E.I.

The program is also training facilitators in Souris, P.E.I., and Montague, P.E.I., with plans to expand to eastern Kings County this summer.

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Local Nonprofit Opens Sober Living Homes

February 26, 2016 – (Jackson, NJ)

A nonprofit that focuses on preventing heroin addiction and supporting sobriety has opened sober living homes in Jackson and Howell.

Since 2012, CFC Loud N Clear Foundation has been focused on successful recovery for hundreds of addicts in the state of New Jersey. At the beginning of the New Year, CFC expanded its program to offer superior and affordable sober living homes for men and women.

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Doing away with pejorative labels can ease path to getting help with addiction

February 9, 2016 – Boston Globe (Letter to the editor)

I am responding to Felice Freyer’s excellent article on the negative effects of pejorative labeling in describing people with addiction problems or of asking them to so self-identify (“A struggle to rewrite the language of addiction”).

Freyer sought opinions on this issue from a wide variety of prominent addiction researchers and people who have suffered from addictions. However, she could also have noted there have been more than 26,000 free meetings in Massachusetts since 1990 of groups using the SMART Recovery Self-Help Program, which eschews such labeling.

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SMART Recovery: Mutual help for addiction recovery

January 31, 2016 – Times Publishing Newspapers (Bucks County PA)

Addiction and drug and alcohol abuse continue to take a destructive toll on society, especially right here in our community. Based on federal statistics for 2011-2013, Pennsylvania led the nation in drug overdose deaths among young adult men and Bucks County ranked at the top.

According to new federal data, alcohol is killing Americans at a rate not seen in the last 35 years. The substance abuse treatment field is moving toward a long-term integrative approach, very much like the care for diabetes or hypertension.

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Recovery from addiction is a journey, not a destination

January 25, 2014 – The Register Guard

I am an addict in recovery. I remember when I first started thinking about getting into recovery I had no idea what recovery was. How do I do it? Where do I go, and when I get there, what will recovery be like? Will I magically just be in recovery? I imagined that recovery was some kind of fantastic destination and I was simply going to arrive there one day.

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Talking SMART with Steve Bergier

January 24, 2016 –

Steve Bergier, a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator in Orange County, California was kind enough to not only submit a story to AA Beyond Belief, but also to spend his Sunday morning having a conversation with me about his experience with SMART Recovery. Steve isn’t an official spokesperson for SMART Recovery, so his comments during the podcast and his essay are solely his opinions, and not necessarily the opinions of SMART.

Listen to the podcast here.

SMART an acronym for Self Management and Recovery Training, provides a completely secular, science-based approach to recovery that’s intended to evolve over time as we gain new insight…

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Addiction recovery program coming to Bellingham

January 11, 2016 – The Bellingham Herald (Washington)

A recovery program for addiction is starting up in Bellingham.

The SMART Recovery program will have its first weekly Tuesday meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Bellingham Public Market at 1530 Cornwall Ave. The program uses scientific research to address addictive behavior, according to a news release from the international nonprofit organization.

The SMART acronym stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training.

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Get SMART to face addictive behaviors

January 4, 2016 – The Southwest Times (Virginia)
by Melinda Williams

Whether your addiction is drugs or spending too much time on the Internet, New River Valley Community Services [NRVCS] has a new support group to help those dealing with addictive behaviors.

Self-Management for Addictions Recovery Training, SMART Recovery, meetings begin Sunday at the New River Room of NRVCS’ Montgomery Center, 700 University City Blvd., Blacksburg. The hour-long meetings from 4 to 5 p.m. continue each Sunday at the same time and location.

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A SMART, alternative recovery program

January 4, 2016 – Simcoe Reformer
By Jacob Robinson

When it comes right down to it, life can be broken down to a series of choices.

Norfolk native Brady Henderson is providing one more choice to the people in her community. A mother of three about to complete a master’s degree in counseling psychology, Henderson will lead a recovery group meeting this year.

SMART Recovery is an international non-profit aimed at helping people kick habits of all kinds, including alcohol, gambling, food, and self-harm. Henderson will act as the ‘recovery facilitator’ for gatherings once a week (which began Monday) at Mike Fidler & Associates (39 Kent St. North in Simcoe).

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Marking a Pathway Towards Meth Recovery

December 4, 2015 –
By Dr. David Fawcett

In this pair of excerpts from the new book Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery, veteran psychotherapist Dr. David Fawcett defines the pitfalls of meth use – and how to overcome them.

In Chapter 8, titled The Recovery Process, Dr. Fawcett explains how meth raises the bar for sexual pleasure to impossible heights. In Chapter 9, titled Healing Old Wounds, the author outlines the steps required to achieve abstinence and attain recovery.

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Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but now I’ve lost my faith

November 29, 2015 – The Guardian

Jon Stewart spent 14 years attending AA meetings. They got him sober, but at a cost. He asks why so few alcoholics are offered alternative treatments.

My first day of sobriety was the first day I prayed. I’d always been a staunch atheist; I grew up in Yorkshire during the miners’ strike, and was raised on left-wing politics. When I went to my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 15 years ago, God was and always had been the opium of the people. But AA’s 12-step programme demanded, or at least strongly suggested, that I relinquish myself to a higher power.

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Former drug user now offers counseling to those struggling with their own addictions

November 7, 2015 – New Hampshire Sunday News
by Shawne K. Wickham

When Charles Novak tells his clients he knows how drugs can make you abandon your values and neglect those you love, it’s not just professional empathy.

Novak, 49, is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

He’s also a former inmate, former drug dealer, and a recovering addict.

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Interview with Rose Barbour, Addictions Advocate

November 3, 2015 –

Like most people, my husband and I were shocked when we found out that our son was using drugs. It wasn’t supposed to happen in families like ours where there was never any alcohol, drugs or even cigarettes around. Kids are supposed to model their parents’ behaviors, right? We found out the hard way that nothing is ever that black and white. His addiction took everything we thought we knew and turned it on its head.

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Recovery program teaches inmates negative behavior trigger recognition, coping skills

October 31, 2015 – Johnson City Press

Note: This article discusses the InsideOut: A SMART Recovery Correctional Program®.

When Carri Clark woke up Tuesday morning, she celebrated her 34th birthday.

And she received a gift so precious, it’s hard for her to put into words: her freedom.

She lost that freedom 40 months ago after being ordered to serve an eight-year prison sentence for fourth-offense DUI and several related convictions. Clark flattened her time, so she won’t be on probation or parole after her release.

She knows the road ahead won’t be easy, but she has several reasons she’s determined to make it, including her three children, but most importantly, herself.

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Let’s Stop Overselling 12-Step Recovery

October 29, 2015 – Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches

A person recently asked me to what I attribute long term recovery to. I immediately said “Alcoholics Anonymous.”

We, as professionals, or those of us who have earned admission to 12-step recovery, tend to spread the message that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is wonderful. We love it. You need to love it too. Are we setting people up by overselling 12-step recovery?

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Heroin in Maine: Addiction center closures impact those seeking help

October 28, 2015 – WGME Channel 13

Heroin addiction is a growing problem in the State of Maine with a shrinking number of answers. There are fewer places in Maine for addicts to get help than there were last year.

In July, Mercy Recovery, southern Maine’s largest treatment center, closed its Westbrook facility. Last week, Spectrum Health, York County’s only drug clinic, closed as well. Both organizations blame a decrease in state reimbursements.

Steve Danzig has been helping locals get clean for 20 years. He says with Maine leading the nation’s heroin epidemic it’s hard to believe treatment centers are closing. “It’s just completely baffling to everyone,” said Danzig.

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SMART Recovery support group now meeting

October 25, 2015 – The Salem (Missouri) News

A growing number of individuals nationwide are joining the SMART Recovery movement, and Salem is now home to the only SMART Recovery support group meeting for nearly 100 miles. The SMART in SMART Recovery is an acronym for self-management and recovery training. The movement is founded on the use of evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals seeking to abstain from substance abuse in a non-confrontational setting.

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New program offers tools, techniques for Islanders with addictions

October 24, 2015 – Charlottesville Guardian (PEI)

Bill has taken a beating from booze.

He started drinking at age 16.

Alcohol took hold, and held on hard.

Bill (not his real name) started to get sick and miss work. He had hallucinations. He became delirious.

The battering from booze progressed to seizures and acute pancreatitis.

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How to Help Someone Who’s Addicted to Drugs

Live Science – October 21, 2015

Note: This article mentions SMART Recovery Family & Friends.

Former NBA player Lamar Odom has emerged from a coma after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel, allegedly after several days of using cocaine and unregulated supplements that some call “herbal Viagra.”

Odom’s experience echoes the worst nightmares of the friends and family of people with drug addictions: a downward spiral, a medical crisis and even the possibility of death. And because people with addictions often deny their problems or avoid seeking treatment, loved ones can feel helpless.

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Smart Recovery program expands to Ionia

October 1, 2015 – Ionia Sentinel-Standard (Michigan)

The Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) welcomed Smart Recovery to the Belding area in May. With increasing interest, ICSAI is excited to welcome an additional Smart Recovery program to Ionia as well.

Smart Recovery is a free support group open to everyone with addiction in their lives, whether it is you or someone you care about. The Smart Recovery program utilizes self-empowering tools while promoting resilience and community support.

The goal of Smart Recovery is for people to achieve a healthy, positive and balanced lifestyle using individualized skills from a “tool box” of scientifically proven methods and approaches.

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Where Should the Power in Addiction Recovery Come From?

October 1, 2015 –

Is there a necessary and sufficient “power” source for addiction recovery? Twelve-step programs encourage members to accept a “higher power” as the key element in recovery. Medical providers and advocates of the “hijacked brain” concept of addiction might argue that pharmaceutical power is the logical fuel of recovery, as manifested in Medication-Assisted Treatment. Others, including Dr. Tom Horvath, believe that the power that generates solid recovery should come from within the client, and views treatment as a vehicle for promoting “self-empowering” recovery.

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Time To Get SMART and Leave AA?

September 30, 2015 –

After 4 years of Alcoholics Anonymous, and yet another relapse over this summer, I feel that I have very little to show for all my efforts. And I have made a gargatuan effort in my eyes. I have attended over 1,000 meetings of all different types. I attended Hazelden’s 30 day inpatient program which is 12 step based. I go to 5-7 meetings per week. I have a home group. I’ve made coffee, and swept floors. I have a sponsor.

I’ve worked the 12 steps with a men’s Big Book step study group. I did a long and comprehensive 4th and 5th step with my group and sponsor. I also see a private therapist, and do boxing several times a week for exercise.

I’ve had over 1,000 days of sobriety, so it’s not as though I’ve been a total failure. But in the eyes of AA, I’m at day 1 and have to get a 24 hour coin.

Is it time to switch to SMART Recovery up and leave AA? Maybe.

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The Recovery Road Less Traveled: Getting Sober With SMART Recovery

September 29, 2015 –

Dee Cloward’s recovery from addiction mirrors a path taken by millions of people worldwide. She began working the 12 steps, attending meetings in church basements, clubhouses and office buildings with the New York City fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

“I attended a variety of AA and NA meetings for maybe six months or so and found them comforting and safe,” Cloward says. “I related to the stories and the courage and strength of those who had gotten clean and sober.”

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Boy whose brother OD’d inspires support group

September 23, 2015 –

Ryan Bartell knows some people may not listen to a 10-year-old, but that isn’t stopping him from getting his message out.

Two years ago, Ryan’s older brother overdosed on heroin and died. Family members found 26-year-old Denny Bristow dead in his bedroom.

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Changes Outpatient Wellness Center Opens in Santa Barbara

September 11, 2015 –

Santa Barbara welcomes a new incredible resource to the community, Changes Outpatient Wellness Center, which is focused on providing confidential recovery treatment from alcohol and substance abuse.

Changes offers a day program that started offering sessions in August.

William Oswald, CEO, also owner of Summit Malibu Treatment Center, and Santa Barbara native Jeffrey Clark, COO, have collaborated to create an outpatient recovery program that is both traditionally therapeutic and uniquely holistic.

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Imperial County Sees Chance To Bring Addiction Treatment ‘Into Modern Times’

September 10, 2015 –
By Megan Burks

A tour of El Centro with Susan Ireland takes a quick 15 minutes. It covers less than 10 square miles and spans about four years of her life. But it feels like a lifetime.

To the right there used to be an abandoned house where she would get her heroin fix most days. A block down, there was once an apartment complex where she got high – or stripped copper pipes so she could get money to get high. See that stack of pallets next to the warehouse? She used to shoot up back there. Cross the highway and there’s the apartment where Child Protective Services showed up to take her kids. That’s the day she says she lost it.

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Humanist Group Defends Atheist Sentenced to Attend Faith-Based Substance Abuse Program

September 9, 2015 –

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to state officials in the King County District Court and the Municipal Court of Seattle on behalf of an atheist who is unconstitutionally being forced to attend a faith-based substance abuse program.

The letter states that after a DUI hearing in February, Michael Baker was sentenced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”) meetings as a condition of his parole. Baker repeatedly asked for information on secular substance abuse programs and informed his parole officer and his treatment manager that, as an atheist, the faith-based aspects of AA made him extremely uncomfortable. At several AA meetings, Baker was verbally harassed for his atheism by attendees. At the most recent hearing in August, Baker informed the judge that he objected to AA because of its religious nature. Despite acknowledging that AA has a “spiritual basis,” the judge ordered Baker to attend two AA meetings a week without providing a secular alternative.

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‘Recovery is beautiful’

September 9, 2015 – (Findlay, Hancock County, NW Ohio)
By Sara Arthurs

People do recover from mental illness or drug addiction and go on to live happy lives, which is the purpose of National Recovery Month, being celebrated in September in Findlay and around the country.

“What we say is that recovery is beautiful,” said Wayne Ford, executive director of the nonprofit recovery center Focus on Friends.

A number of activities are planned, including Findlay’s first Recovery March. It will take place at the Dock at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St., on Saturday.

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The Business of Recovery: A Documentary Film

August 31, 2015 – Huffington Post

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Results guaranteed! 92 percent recover! Pool, personal chef, and equine therapy included!

A promotion for snake oil? For a destination resort? Not exactly. That’s what families often read when they go online, frightened and desperate that a loved one with an addiction may die unless they are treated and get better. That’s what those in the throes of an addiction read as well, and the seduction can be alluring.

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Woycik: Day of Caring creates a special bond in Porter County

August 27, 2015 – Chicago Tribune
By Lorrie Woycik

Who cares? Thirty-seven Lake, LaPorte, and Porter county not-for-profits found out last Friday that many of its citizens care.

Even though it was a work day, more than 1,000 people of every age joined forces to pull weeds, plant flowers, put the sparkle back on windows, wash walls, put on new coats of paint, and do whatever was asked of them.

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Santa Barbara welcomes a new incredible resource to the community

August 25, 2015 – Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara welcomes a new incredible resource to the community, Changes Outpatient Wellness Center. Their primary focus is providing confidential recovery treatment from alcohol and substance abuse. Changes offers a day program that will begin offering sessions on August 26, 2015. William Oswald, CEO, also owner of Summit Malibu Treatment Center and Santa Barbara native Jeffrey Clark, COO, have collaborated to create an outpatient recovery program that is both traditionally therapeutic and uniquely holistic.

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What It’s Like to Go to SMART Recovery After Eight Years in AA

August 19, 2015 –

I never wanted to go to AA, even when I needed it. After doing a bit of research when a private doc suggested it eight years ago, I decided it wasn’t for me. The steps upset me, the prayers upset me, and the group itself was a bit too smothering at first. But I had no idea that other recovery programs existed. Not one medical professional or therapist knew of any other means to get sober outside of AA.

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SMART Recovery Programs for Vancouver, Victoria and All of British Columbia

July 30, 2015 – WLNE-TV

Sunshine Coast Health Center, one of Canada’s top-rated drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment centers, is proud to announce participation in the SMART Recovery methodology to treat substance abuse. SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. It is of particular note in that it is a “non Twelve step” methodology, compatible with the methods used by Sunshine Coast Health Center.

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Holliston doctor give patients an alternative road to recovery

July 12, 2015 – MetroWest Daily News

When the 2012 ballot question to legalize marijuana for medical use passed with 63 percent of the vote, Dr. Vasu Brown was in the minority.

These days, Brown has a practice in Holliston where she uses cannabis as a tool to help people struggling with addiction and navigates her way through the complex and changing marijuana laws to help her patients.

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1,500th SMART Recovery Meeting Opens as Fast Growth Rate Continues

June 26, 2015 – Digital Journal

The number of SMART Recovery meetings reached the 1,500 milestone today – less than three years after crossing the 1,000 mark – as more people embrace the program’s emphasis on becoming empowered to overcome addictions using science-based tools and peer support.

The 1,500th, a Friday evening weekly meeting, opened at the Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC), 468 Forest Ave., Portland, Maine. Niki Curtis, the SMART trained facilitator for the meeting said: “I have been working at the Center for two years. I love that we offer all types of meetings and that, like SMART, we respect all types of recovery.

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Characteristics of SMART Recovery Groups in Australia

June 16, 2015 –

Kelly, Deane, and Baker conducted a cross-sectional survey of people attending SMART Recovery groups in Australia. The objective of the survey was to describe participants accessing meetings, determine how frequently participants use cognitive and behavioral skills outside of meetings, and examine variables that may predict use of these skills.

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Addition Recovery Advocates Call for Improved Services

June 5, 2015 – Owatonna Peoples Press
By William Morris

The message for southeastern Minnesota leaders who attended a listening forum Thursday was simple: Recovery programs for people fighting drug addition work, and more programs are needed.

The forum was sponsored by Recovery is Happening, a nonprofit headquartered in Rochester, and was attended by judges, law enforcement and probation officers and nonprofit directors from Freeborn, Steele, Rice and Mower counties.

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A Blind Eye to Addiction

June 1, 2015 –
By Lloyd Sederer,
Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health

Addiction is America’s most neglected disease. According to a Columbia University study, “40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs.” That’s more Americans than those with heart disease, diabetes or cancer. An estimated additional 80 million people in this country are “risky substance users,” meaning that while not addicted, they “use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in ways that threaten public health and safety.” The costs to government coffers alone (not including family, out of pocket and private insurance costs) exceed $468 billion annually.

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Dr. Stanton Peele on Recreating Addiction Treatment in the 21st Century

May 28, 2015 –
by John Lavitt

The maverick addiction specialist discussed a wide range of topics in a podcast with SMART Recovery’s Dr. Tom Horvath.

In a podcast interview with Tom Horvath, Ph.D., the president of SMART Recovery, recovery maverick Dr. Stanton Peele, peered into the future of addiction treatment in the 21st century. The conversation focused on three primary themes: Commitment, Choice and Change.

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Getting SMART about Recovery

Spring 2015 – Renew Magazine
By Dylan Barmmer

Celebrating 20 years with the organization that encourages empowerment and personal choice in the face of addiction.

It was a gala affair, held in an historic location.

At the end of September, a conference unfolded in Washington, D.C. at the headquarters of National Geographic. The conference included a message from President Barrack Obama, and delivered in person by U.S. “Drug Czar” Michael Botticelli… Read more(PDF)…

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A SMART way to deal with addictions

May 13, 2015 – The Sheboygan Press

…Among the booths and displays was information on a new peer support group being offered in Sheboygan — SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery — Self-management and Recovery Training — is a self-empowering addiction recovery support group. It is not a 12-step group, like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, but is based on scientific knowledge and the theories involved in cognitive behavioral change.

SMART Recovery uses a four-point program to help people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction…

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A SMART route to beating alcohol addiction

May 6, 2015 – Seacoast Online (Letter to the editor)

As I am someone in long-term recovery from alcohol dependency, I read with great interest, the article in Medical Sunday about Alcohol abuse.

I found some of the comments by Dr. Piotrowski did not ring true for most people in long-term recovery. He said “they have to make a decision, every day, not to take a drink. The brain will crave alcohol every day, for the rest of their lives.”

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New group for service members struggling with substance abuse

April 5, 2015 – Killeen Daily Herald

Bring Everyone in the Zone, a local nonprofit aimed at helping service members, veterans and their families, recently began hosting a SMART Recovery group to assist individuals with breaking substance abuse and dependence.

The sessions are from 6 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Bell County Human Services HELP Center, 718 N. Second St., Suite B…

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Arts comes to the aid of addictions

March 31, 2015 – Journal-Pioneer (Prince Edward Island)

For the second year in a row, art has come to the aid of addictions. © Mike Carson/Journal Pioneer Summerside artist Catherine Ann Dickson displays some of the artwork that will be up for auction in support of P.E.I. Reach Centre.

The centre deals with addictions and families and much of the artwork reflects that effort. Dickson’s works involve a bird with a birch tree with the birch representing transformation and renewal. The snowflakes represent the first steps taken towards rehabilitation. The lighthouse, painted by Wendell Cameron represents hope through the darkness…

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SMART Recovery 12 months on

March 4, 2015 – Fife Today

It’s been exactly 12 months since the Smart Recovery programme held its inaugural meeting at DAPL in Leven.

Since then, it has expanded to serve several towns within Fife, with seven meetings per week now taking place all over the Kingdom.

Susan Innes, a counsellor at DAPL, helped to set the addiction programme up in 2014, and she commented on why it has proved so successful.

“At the Smart Recovery group, people are being shown cognitive behavioural tools that they can take away and use…

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Addiction support group to resume meetings

February 27, 2015 – The Courier (Findlay, Ohio)

A support group for people struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction and other addictive behaviors will start up again in Findlay on Tuesday.

The SMART Recovery program is an alternative to traditional 12-step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, with “smart” being an acronym for “self-management and recovery training.” A group that previously met has been on hiatus.

Don Iliff, who will facilitate the group, said there are many different approaches to recovery and different things may work for different people…

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House provides place to continue recovery

February 26, 2015 – The Chippawa Herald

… John is also poised to start a program, this one helping those new to recovery from addictions. He said there will be a “Smart Recovery” meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 6 at his church, Central Lutheran Church in Chippewa Falls, to provide help beginning on their recovery… Read more…

New addiction help program comes to Mac

February 16, 2015 – McPherson Sentinel

McPherson resident Jerry Ryan is starting a new program to combat addiction in McPherson. The Self Management and Recovery Training Program, or SMART, was started in 1994 and has gained international recognition as the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group.

“The last 10 years in my retirement I have worked and studied diligently to develop a program to reduce addiction recidivism in our community,” Ryan said. “All of my attempts have failed to accomplish this. But I have a new hope today [with SMART].” …

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SMART Recovery offers addictions alternative

February 3, 2015 – The CBC (PEI)

Two Prince Edward Islanders have started up a new and different kind of support program for people recovering from addictions.

The Smart Recovery program is an alternative to 12-step programs offered on P.E.I. for those with addictions to alcohol, narcotics or gambling.

Nicole Publicover and Rose Barbour have both taken training in the program. Barbour told CBC News the program gives people tools they can use to avoid certain situations and behaviours…

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Addictions group offers secular alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous

January 30, 2015 – The CBC (Ottawa)

Some Ottawa groups are aiming to help alcoholics recover without the spiritual element of Alcoholics Anonymous, which says people have to submit to a higher power to beat addiction. Clifford Beninger Secular Recovery Ottawa alcoholics addiction treatment program Jan 2015 Clifford Beninger says he started Secular Recovery Ottawa after about 20 years of trying Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step programs.

The recently-formed Secular Recovery Ottawa says it provides a “non-religious,” peer-based service with a code of conduct, fellowship and acceptance similar to AA but without the spiritual themes found in six steps of the 12-step process…

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SMART Recovery program to debut Feb. 4 on Athens Campus

January 27, 2015 – The Athens Messenger

A new recovery program for addiction is being sponsored by Health Promotion through Ohio University’s Campus Involvement Center.

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support program in the United States. It is founded on a four-point system that offers tools and techniques for building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and living a balanced life.

The program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, gambling addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction and other problem addictions to other substances and activities. …

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Former addict guides others to recovery

December 29, 2014 – Albuquerque Journal

Demian Rubalcaba, a licensed social worker, sees more out his fourth-story window than meets the eye. His view spreads from the Sandias to Downtown, where he often wandered, either high or withdrawing from heroin.

“It reminds me how far I’ve come,” he says. “When I was a teen and a young adult, I blamed my dad and my mom. It was about my 10th time in jail when I realized, it’s OK if it’s their fault, but it’s still my responsibility to fix it.” …

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Two years of helping people

December 19, 2014 – The Kelowna Daily Courier

For the Kelowna Secular Sobriety Group (KSSG), January will mark two years of helping local people tackle their addictions. The peer support group follows the SMART Recovery program, which encourages self-empowerment by providing a safe, respectful and anonymous setting for anyone who wants to work towards becoming and staying alcohol and drug free.

Unlike 12 step programs, SMART promotes self-empowerment, and teaches self-directed, science-based techniques that help individuals learn how to change their situations, improve relationships and achieve lifestyle balance…

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Four Reasons to Try SMART Recovery® if 12 Step Meetings Aren’t Your Thing

November 24, 2014 –
Article by
Randy Withers, MA, NCC, LPCA

Today I am highlighting treatment resources for substance abuse and addictions. While the general public may be aware of Twelve Step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), there are other alternatives. SMART Recovery® is one such organization that is gaining popularity.

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Group provides a vital lifeline for families of addicts

November 3, 2014 – Plymouth Herald

ONE of the country’s first support groups has been set up to help families come to terms with the “guilt” of having a loved one with addictive behaviour.

The Family and Friends SMART Recovery group now runs every week in Stoke and gives families and friends a chance to come to terms with their loved one’s habit, whether that be drugs, alcohol, gambling…

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Addiction treatment options growing

Oct. 28, 2014 – Journal-News

An Alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and similar 12-step programs is now being offered at two Butler County locations.

SMART Recovery — Self-Management and Recovery Training — is a four-point program that uses “rational thinking” to help the person achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle, said Randy Marshall… Read More…

Anti drugs campainer makes a SMART move

October 23, 2014 – Driffield Times and Post

A Driffield dad who has overcome his addiction to heroin is now helping to run a new service for other addicts in the town.

Charlie White, 28, served four years as a soldier in the British Army before he began using heroin which he says cost him everything – right down to his self-respect and reputation, not to mention friends and the relationship with his girlfriend. At the height of his addiction he was spending £60 every day …

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Walking toward recovery

October 1, 2014 – Fife Today

Staff and volunteers from organisations across Fife took part in a special walk at the weekend which celebrates the recovery movement across Scotland.

A group of 50 people travelled from Fife to the centre of Edinburgh for the two hour event along the length of the Royal Mile, joining over 500 others from around the country…

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If Not AA, Then What? Five 12-Step Group Alternatives

August 19, 2014 –
Article by Anne Fletcher

Most of us know someone who was saved from a serious drinking or drug problem by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or a group based on its 12 steps such as Narcotics Anonymous. And that’s where most minds go when we think “recovery” from addiction. Yet AA and similar groups are not treatment – rather, they’re support groups or what professionals call mutual help groups because participants … support and help each other without professional therapy or guidance. However, such groups existed long before AA was established…

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Dept. of Health: SMART alternative to addiction recovery

July 24, 2014 – Las Cruces Sun-News

You’ve heard the cliché before: the first step is admitting you have a problem.

But we all know it’s much more than that; once you admit you have a problem, there’s the even greater challenge of figuring out what to do about it. That couldn’t be more true for New Mexicans coping with addiction. It doesn’t matter whether it’s alcohol, drugs, gambling or anything else, addictions follow the same course.

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SMART Recovery: A Different Way to Tackle Alcohol Abuse

July 10, 2014 – Addiction Helper

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in the 1930s by two Americans who realised there was an astonishing lack of support for those struggling with alcohol issues. Their support group approach spawned the well-known 12-step programme that is the pillar of addiction recovery today. Yet one of the most important things we have learned since the 1930s is that recovery is a very individual process. No single treatment method works for everyone. Thus the introduction of the SMART Recovery alternative in the mid-1990s.

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This Recovery Program Is an Increasingly Important Alternative to AA

July 6, 2014 – Huffington Post
Article by Helen Redmond

Chances are, the vast majority of Americans struggling with a drug problem have never heard of SMART Recovery. And that’s a shame, because this modern, evidence-based alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous might help many of them.

There are over 1,000 SMART groups worldwide, and in any given month…

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Why SMART Recovery Is an Increasingly Important Alternative to AA

June 30, 2014 –

Chances are, the vast majority of Americans struggling with a drug problem have never heard of SMART Recovery. And that’s a shame, because this modern, evidence-based alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous might help many of them.

There are over 1,000 SMART groups worldwide, and in any given month, between 20,000 and 30,000 people attend meetings. These figures are climbing, although they’re still dwarfed by AA.

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Josh’s Recovery Story

June 20, 2014 –

My name is Joshua Dupee and I am from Weston, Massachusetts. I had a great childhood with wonderful and loving parents but still managed to fall victim to the disease of addiction. I am a prime example that environment is not the sole cause of addiction as I had all the opportunities in the world.

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SMART Recovery offers growing alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous

June 9, 2014 – Chicago Tribune

Patrick Garnett spent years fighting a losing battle against crystal meth. He went to hundreds of 12-step meetings, sometimes twice a day, but relapse always followed.

Then, about four years ago, an Internet search pointed Garnett toward something different: SMART Recovery, a self-help group whose analytical, science-based methods differ markedly from those of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.

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Help mend lives and families affected by addiction, support SMART Recovery

Support Meetings for Family and Friends Who Love Someone Struggling with Addiction

April 04, 2014 – Digital Journal

The addictive behavior of a loved one can profoundly impact others. Whether it is a child, spouse, significant other, parent or sibling, the addiction of a loved one can be a painful and isolating issue for loved ones, and may even cause them personal and health problems.

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Smart approach to recovery in Levenmouth

February 19, 2014 – Fife Today

A revolutionary new group treatment for those affected by drug and alcohol addiction is to start in Leven next month.

Smart Recovery sessions are to be run by DAPL (Drug and Alcohol Project Ltd) at its Leven premises, starting on March 5. The peer-led group treatment was established in America in 1994.

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A Life in Vivid Colors

January 10, 2014 by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
Addiction Professional Magazine

Growing up and living life in Oakland, Calif., those who knew Candyce Scott probably never suspected what was happening behind closed doors. The single mother had an 11-year career as a computer technician for a public transit agency, had her own house that she was making mortgage payments on, and was a crack cocaine addict. Read more…

New addiction treatment program offered to soldiers at Fort Hood

January 8, 2014 – Fort Hood Herald

Army spouse Robin Howard is on a crusade to bring more addiction treatment options to Fort Hood soldiers. SMART Recovery, a nationwide nonprofit, is now available in the Fort Hood area thanks to Howard. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery is non-religious and science-based.

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Empowering addicts

January 2, 2014 – Pasadena Weekly

There is certainly no shortage of recovery programs and rehab centers in Pasadena and the rest of the San Gabriel Valley. Las Encinas Hospital is one. Impact House and the Pasadena Recovery Center are two other popular facilities.

When demand is heavy, apparently the supply is there. With so many to choose from, one can be selective and pick the right philosophy that fits their needs.

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Alternatives to 12-Step Addiction Recovery

November/December – Social Work Today
by Christina Reardon, MSW, LSW

Support is available for people seeking options beyond the 12 steps, and proponents believe recognition will grow with future generations’ exposure to different approaches.

People trying to overcome addiction have a variety of experiences in treatment. They may receive outpatient, intensive outpatient, or residential treatment. They may access services in luxurious surroundings, community clinics, or prisons.

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SMART Recovery Can be Good Alternative or Addition to AA: Researcher

October 1, 2013 –

For some people in recovery, SMART Recovery groups are a valuable alternative or addition to traditional 12-step groups, according to a researcher at Penn State University.

SMART Recovery groups are facilitator-led, structured discussion groups that are closely aligned with counseling techniques.

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