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Mentoring was the gift he didn’t know he wanted.

Mentoring was the gift he didn’t know he wanted.

Aaron Adkins loves everything about being in recovery. He lists the support he gets from his SMART Recovery peers, the practical tools he uses to address negative thinking, the understanding and insight he gains from being a meeting facilitator, and, perhaps most...

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[Podcast] Growing into someone I never thought I could be

[Podcast] Growing into someone I never thought I could be

Gee Matamoros' journey to recovery included some very dark passages. Now he travels a brighter road, and insists on enjoying life as much as possible. Fortunately for us, one of the things he enjoys most is spreading the word about SMART. In this podcast, Gee talks...

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Creating a Successful Recovery Pathway

Creating a Successful Recovery Pathway

As SMART Recovery meeting facilitator Jeffry Muhleman sees it, the journey to a full-blown substance use disorder is never intentional. “The crazy thing is that when you take your first drink or first hit, nobody tries anything and says, wow, that’s so good I’m going...

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The Ripple Effect of Recovery

The Ripple Effect of Recovery

As Gerardo (Gee) Matamoros understands it today, his descent into substance use disorder (SUD) was the result of not knowing how to believe in himself. Gee says this resulted in his developing an identity based on what others thought he should do and be, instead of...

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On a Recovery Journey of Learning, Growing, & Healing

On a Recovery Journey of Learning, Growing, & Healing

When Loretta Billingsley found SMART Recovery, she says she wasn’t fully committed to addressing her troublesome alcohol use, but wanted to understand more about it. Perhaps her long career as an editor in the media industry led to her practice of breaking down issues...

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New Year’s Eve Around the World 2023

New Year’s Eve Around the World 2023

This special event is a celebration of community by observing together the arriving new year in each time zone. Schedule of Meetings Time (EST)When It's Midnight In...Topic & Facilitator & Zoom Link5:30 - 6:30 a.m.New ZealandDealing with Loss in Recovery –...

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NEW Family & Friends of Veterans & First Responders Meeting

NEW Family & Friends of Veterans & First Responders Meeting

The effect on family members of Veterans and First Responders (VFRs) who are suffering from substance use or mental health disorders can be severe. Military households face the anxiety and strain of having loved ones deployed or assigned. When the individual returns,...

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Help! My Loved One is Gaslighting Me!

Help! My Loved One is Gaslighting Me!

Guest blog by AnnabelleW, SMART Recovery Online Facilitator The word “gaslighting” frequently creeps into Family & Friends meetings.  A participant might share that their Loved One says “I didn’t say that I was going to go to a SMART meeting,” or “Of course I...

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[Podcast] Becoming a Shadow of Myself

[Podcast] Becoming a Shadow of Myself

Johnny Allison’s substance use started as a way to cope with the trauma of war and chaos of military life. His recovery started as a way to become the soldier and person he knew he was and could be. Today, he is a Veteran, SMART Facilitator, and the Lead of the SMART...

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International Veteran & First Responder’s Webinar

International Veteran & First Responder’s Webinar

The world’s veteran, currently serving, and first responder communities are filled with brave, strong, and honorable individuals. They are true heroes and inspirations for all of us. Some of these individuals also display bravery by their commitment to recovery from...

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Women United in Recovery

Women United in Recovery

Guest blog by Natalie Umesi, MD, MBA, SMART Recovery NYC Women's Meeting Facilitator I feel honored to be a SMART Recovery facilitator. I facilitate local meetings with a group of warm, supportive, and dedicated individuals, led by “G” (Matamoros), who is impossible...

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[Podcast] Coming to Your Own Conclusions About Alcohol

[Podcast] Coming to Your Own Conclusions About Alcohol

Years ago, Brett Macdonald and his friends had the time of their lives backpacking across Australia. After many conversations, they realized that heavy alcohol use had become a staple in their lives. This led them to creating a “sober competition” to see who could...

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What’s on Your Recovery Bookshelf?

What’s on Your Recovery Bookshelf?

Guest blog by Ted Perkins, Facilitator and "Tips & Tools Guy" Successful recovery from any addiction is a holistic process that  involves  not  just SMART  Recovery meetings, but also social support from friends and loved ones, ...

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