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Volume 19, Issue 1 • Winter 2013
Rosemary Almond, Editor
Please note: Rosemary Almond, News & Views Editor extraordinaire, is currently focused on helping the Document Update Team complete a new and improved SMART Recovery Handbook. As a result, this issue of the News & Views has been “loosely edited” by staff. Please focus on the excellent content, and if you encounter a grammatical error, typo, etc., please be reminded of how grateful we are for Rosemary’s editing skills.
want to tell you about my VACI. And I would love to hear about yours!
A VACI is an activity that you I decided to take up crochet. And I enjoy doing, which absorbs your attention, (diverting it away from addictive love it. It’s really, really easy (easier than knitting, I feel). If you mess up, it’s thoughts). Examples are photography, painting, writing, playing an instru(Continued on page 2) ment, playing sports, and other hobbies or recreational activities. After I joined SMART and heard about the power of Inspirations a VACI, I decided to take up one. I VACI relieves eating disorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 thought and thought and thought. I 4-Point Program® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 by Hope12, as posted on the SMART Message Boards started to focus on a couple of things. A note of encouragement to all (hopefully) . . . . 2 One of the many things I have learned My life included a lot of frequent travel People Power to help take care of a parent with through SMART is there are alternaA well earned thanks and a much serious cancer. Also, most of my bingedeserved welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 tive ways to escape pain. Something It’s awesome being a facilitator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 that has helped me is the cultivation of eating occurred on the couch of my living room. So I decided I wanted to Faces & Voices of Recovery/ARCO Executive a VACI — Vital Absorbing Creative Director’s Leadership Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 be able to engage in my VACI while I Interest — to ward off addictive feelSMART Ideas was traveling away from home, and ings. Soon after I joined SMART, I SMART Recovery: growing our while I was sitting on my couch. decided to involve myself in a VACI. presence in PA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 In the past couple of days, I have used Some people say a VACI needs to be Why should I??? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 VACI again, and it has helped me get a big-time creative activity, in which The Matrix: oops! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 back on course with avoiding trigger you write like Steinbeck or play a jazz Life In Recovery Survey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 foods to numb some holiday pain. I instrument like Miles Davis. I disagree. SMART Progress
I think ANY activity that is enjoyable and absorbing at the same time is effective. I can testify to this.
VACI relieves eating disorder
2012 annual conference a great learning experience for all! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program
The program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the program points:
Point #1: Building and Maintaining Motivation Point #2: Coping with Urges Point #3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors Point #4: Living a Balanced Life
Help us grow SMART Recovery! . . . . . . . . . . . 13 SMART Recovery Online update . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Court status update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 SMART events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
he SMART Recovery® (Self-Management And Recovery Training) program helps individuals gain independence from addictive behavior. Our efforts are based on scientific knowledge and evolve as scientific knowledge evolves.
Mutual help group parity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Almost Alcoholic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
SMART Recovery Australia® celebrates 10th anniversary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 SMART Recovery Alberta update . . . . . . . . . . . 19
for me. It does NOT take a lot of complex thinking. They are simple. Suite F. changing out yarns to make stripes of new colors. to the “seasoned veteran”. He loves it to this day and will someday understand the story behind it. Instead of horrible memories of binges. and create a pattern just by starting a different color yarn occasionally. I like to write. Mentor. I use a simple stitch. What do I crochet? — you may ask. I guess there’s a certain amount of guilt or shame that comes when you realize you have an addictive behavior that YOU can’t control. and irritable ones. It was fun picking out the colors of yarn to go with my friends’ kitchens. I plow snow for a living in the winter). I read somewhere that hobbies we enjoy cause the brain to release dopamine. Every time I go to SROL (SMART Recovery On-Line). Usually it is a post from one of you. It will be helpful to everyone to learn some new ways to get away from unhealthy addictive thoughts. too. or both. I started out with small things. from the “newbie” who is just starting out. D. and I think they may have thought. fast forward 6+ months… I recently completed the FAST Distance Training (which I would recommend for everyone). I now spend quite a lot of time on the Message Board as a volunteer. People loved them. and urge surfing. Occasionally. either text or voice. I noticed my increasing use and focus around alcohol. I am working on a book right now. I don’t care how long they take to finish. I . Do you have a VACI? What is it? I invite you to post about yours.org • www. food thoughts disappear. and finish quickly. “That’s a good idea to calm your nerves outside of a doctor’s office.” Funny. Inc.Inspirations Continued simple to fix. However. is very strengthening and empowering. for 45+ years alcohol was a part of my life. (BTW. One day she made the statement “I’m tired of living with a drunkard. Like many “teens” in the 60’s (I am now 62).smartrecovery. Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. alcohol. it has been the people here at SMART who have really empowered me on my journey. I get to join a meeting. The primary “tools” that have been helpful are the CBA (Cost/Benefit Analysis). and on. SMART has helped me to change ALL of that. including those sad. She saw the benefits. When I first joined SMART (Nov. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. My wife noticed it too. BUT. playing the tape forward. So. Well. So.A. in the last 5 or maybe 10 years. and am continually impressed by those who facilitate these meetings. I decided to quit (although I had “quit” many times before). big. But. we crocheted away! Other patients watched intently. Now I make afghans. and she never has “used” alcohol). Keeping my hands busy is just generally good for my eating disorder. so you have something nice to show soon for your efforts: a quick reward — another feelgood benefit. I feel so relaxed when I pick it up and work on it. your basic crocheted dishrags (we have all probably seen our grandmothers make these). though. 2011) however. I have this big. my high school sweetheart is still my wife after 43 years.B. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 2 . I cannot write like Steinbeck. telling “my story”. While we waited to hear the results of her cancer tests. It absorbs my attention. My DOC (drug of choice) was alcohol. When I am upset enough to want to binge-eat. believe me. the encouraging part of this story is. A note of encouragement to all (hopefully) by 1plowman. scared. I decided to make these and give them away. I love planning the colors. a ‘feelgood’ hormone. I won’t mention any names or usernames (you know who you are) so as not to embarrass anyone. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. When I am involved in my VACI.” My mother made a beautiful baby afghan for her newborn grandson. I have noticed that even my husband feels relaxed when I am working on it. My husband told me last night that I am a crochartist. I wanted to remain anonymous (that’s why the username “Plowman”. then giving them to those grateful friends. and on. SMART Message Board Volunteer For me. After a Google search. Well. like many. beautiful thing to show for my time. and she started doing it. I chose to look into SMART Recovery® (it was the first one I noticed that was free). I guess you could say it was a natural progression after so many years of drinking. because I love the process. The VACI was so helpful for handling difficult feelings that I used to carry it into the waiting rooms of doctors’ offices with my mother while she had cancer. beautiful ones. So… I pick up my crochet!!! It keeps my hands busy.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. which I CANNOT do when I am upset and want to binge. and fortunately for me. angry. It’s hard for me to put two simple thoughts together in such challenging moments. I had the choice of using drugs. And… I feel better!! So I don’t want to binge!! I think there may be some science behind this. and on… but you’re probably getting the idea anyway. I think it’s probably a good time to end this post. In fact. HOV (Hierarchy of Values). Your value here cannot be over-stated. I find something that encourages me to continue to abstain from alcohol. never saw myself that way she was right. I could go on.
And. Due to his announce a new addiscientific perspection to the Board of tive and caring Directors. including the board focused and contemplative on critiques of the SMART Recovery all issues. we simply want to say — John. stands and lives the program. your mentorship. Perhaps his greatest gift has program and its benefits compared to been the time and energy he has given other recovery programs. His meetings and presentations to groups For many years. Patrick’s not just able to spread helped SMART Recovery determine where best to invest funds. once the orga. for Dr. and he level of success has mentored without you.A. In addition to sharing aneccontributions. we want to publicly recognize his level. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 3 . My students in a selfless manner to make SMART have the opportunity to ask him questions Recovery what it is today — financially and challenge his ideas. and your financial Volunteer Advisor in the Washington. I have known Patrick for eight years now. growing rapidly and enjoying time. John served on and students create energy and exciteSMART’s Finance Committee where he ment. I have never seen him as focused significant respect throughout the In with the new… Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. Inc. Thank you. many faithful years of service. Let’s ALL keep up this fine work. but mostly from me.org • www. while John SMART Board. Patrick attitude about Garnett of Chicago. Boren also provided a signifi. Patrick offers an honest account the years. SMART “As a lecturer at Northwestern Recovery was able to avert more than one University’s School of Education and financial crisis. But that’s not the whole story.smartrecovery. Dr.the message.B.Inspirations Continued Before I go. John has kept the heart of SMART Recovery. he’s able to get people involved and motivate them to make a nization reached a point where difference. THANK YOU ALL. John! dotes. In all this strong. Through his and hope with so many. D. PhD has well served the SMART Recovery Board of Directors for 16 years. John thank you for your wisdom. Shari Allwood John has been guidance for the invaluable to the SMART Board Chicago recovery community. he provides a comprehensive Never afraid to be a lone voice of overview of the values and principles at dissent on any given issue. OK? Hoping you have a great day. your dedicabegan his activities with SMART as a tion. He shares his personal story investments were feasible. Mentor. addiction issues at Here’s what some of both the national those who nominated and international Patrick for the Board level (working at had to say: NIDA – the National Institute “Patrick has shown Patrick receiving the 2012 Outreach Champion of the Year Award from on Drug Abuse) great leadership and SMART Recovery Executive Director. People Power A well earned thanks and a much deserved welcome John Boren.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19.Social Policy (SESP). SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. Boren now lives in North Carolina and has decided that it is time to retire and welcome new faces to the recovery community. from my wife and children and grandsons (3). OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. many new meeting facilitators over the We’re pleased to years. Before he concludes his continues to stay active on the local tenure. I invited Patrick to present quarterly to my undergraduate cant number of personal donations over students. Suite F. It is difficult to say whether we of his experiences with addiction that led would have survived these crises without him to his involvement with SMART his personal dedication and financial Recovery. We could not have reached this DC area.” guidance and leadership. He underand staff. support. YOU “SMART people” are the greatest.
I thought I’d at least briefly mention it here.com 858-453-4777 La Jolla (San Diego). Meeting attendees have also commented on how they enjoy the way we tend to complement one another with our different strengths. and his kind nature. With a busy schedule. Suite F. I was thrilled.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. the SMART program. by extension. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue.” “Having been a SMART facilitator since 2006. Canada When I was asked whether I’d be interested in writing a short article about my experiences facilitating SMART groups. from all walks of life. come together to mutually inspire and support one another on their paths. He has a broad perspective on peer group recovery that I believe will make him a genuine asset to the Board of Directors.” Welcome. focusing on values and meaning-making. group dynamics: I’ve saved the best for last. clinicians and individuals become aware of SMART Recovery. but since I’ve found it to be so rewarding. such as we do with the Hierarchy of Values. The amount of genuine sharing and encouragement I’ve witnessed has been an incredible inspiration. I also believe in the healing power of. My favorite part of facilitation has been having the honor and privilege of watching strangers. For me. since my co-facilitators always bring their unique personalities and perspectives into the room as well. Having someone else in the room running things with me has helped me to broaden my way of working with groups and since we also have some important shared values and attitudes (like striving to meet people “where they’re at”). Furthermore. CA. “The more the better. which stand out for me. Mentor. Patrick! You are a great addition to our team. So now is my chance – thank you for the opportunity! There are three main things. the opportunities for mutual learning are endless. when I met Patrick I was immediately impressed with his motivation and dedication to. I say. these aspects have helped to make the whole experience very rewarding and inspiring. as well as (3) the group dynamics which can be fostered within a SMART group. I realize that not all SMART support groups might have this as a part of how they work. In terms of the tools. PSY7732 advertisement Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. One of the main reasons for this is that this request has given me the perfect opportunity to take some time to reflect on what has made facilitation so rewarding. I appreciate how many there are because this allows for a wider selection of choices for a large variety of tastes and issues. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. I find it can be challenging to sometimes remember (and make it a priority!) to pause long enough to reflect on things.B. his patience. for example. D. It is extremely clear to me that Patrick cares a great deal about the SMART Recovery movement. (2) the chance to co-facilitate with other likeminded and inspirational people. this combination of tools and traditions makes for the possibility of a deeper (and potentially more healing) connection with the self and. with others. He will be an asset to your Board of Directors. his creativity. Inc. Ottawa.A. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 4 . I also firmly believe that the non-shaming. Facilitator – Sandy Hill Community Health Center. I attribute this first and foremost to the amazing people who come to our support group meetings. And finally. I continue to be impressed with his unflagging efforts to help communities. non-judgmental environment provided by the SMART framework also plays an practicalrecovery. open. and knowledge of. along with our little quirks.” I also enjoy the fact that there are a few therapeutic traditions represented in the array of tools and not just one or two.org • www. As much as I very much value CBT and REBT. his insights. I have no doubt that he will bring to your team his energy. In terms of co-facilitation. It’s awesome being a facilitator by Elke.smartrecovery. Having said that.People Power Continued and passionate as he has been working with SMART Recovery in Chicago. in terms of what makes SMART facilitation so special: (1) the variety and efficacy of the tools. Since one size really can’t fit all.
Accordingly. Executive Director. I was honored to be in a room with him.org • www. non-judgmental environment? I think that that’s a tough set of criteria to beat. recent grad of our distance training who four weeks prior started a meeting at the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery in Augusta. One of the speakers was Patrick Kennedy (as if he requires an intro). an Executive Director from the DC area who attends and loves SMART meetings. job training. I went into the conferI’m sharing a ence fully Patrick Kennedy with Pat Taylor.). we’re a bit “on the fringe” when it comes to those organizations fully operating from within a community. on November 29 –December 1st. Maine??? (Pat should be jealous. application was approved by ARCO. Facilitator. And they inspired me so much! Faces & Voices of Recovery/ ARCO Executive Director’s Leadership Academy by Shari Allwood. and they readily accepted my participation with the “fringe factor” in place. slips. housing. and Executive Director of Regardless. employment. I firmly believe that this type of meeting environment allows and encourages participants to talk about their struggles (blips. unhealthy thoughts/urges.smartrecovery. Their passion. and participants regularly tell us how comfortable and safe they feel when they attend our meetings. Shari with Darren Ripley. Maine SMART meeting. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue.People Power Continued important part. Pat Taylor. FAVOR embraces many pathways to recovery. But. dedication and enthusiasm at very least match Patrick Kennedy’s — and mine. how provide an amazing array of services… about that photo of me and Darren. But.A. etc. And that’s good by me. this attitude fosters greater trust and ease for participants to move beyond their current challenges in much more positive and life-enhancing ways. I attended anticipating not all information would be 100% applicable to me/ SMART. And the gentleman who is beginning a recovery community organization who lamented that he and our SMART Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. Mentor. I had an amazing experience attending the 2nd Annual ARCO Executive Director’s Leadership Academy. Augusta. While SMART has meetings in a growing number of communities throughout the US. D. Thank you for the opportunity to share and wishing you all much success and joy with your own SMART groups. How can true change happen without an open. But. our membership the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery It was one of the most amazing experiences in my 18 years with SMART. Wow. but isn’t “centered” in one. FAVOR photo of Patrick realizing that Kennedy and my most of the organizations would be guru of recovery advocacy. I was equally astonished by so many of the attending executive directors. Perfect.) Then there was Lisa. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 5 . Suite F. He’s an amazing advocate for people in recovery. yes. SMART has been familiar with — and supportive of — Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) as they strive to share and promote the positive impact of people in recovery.) .B. I was delighted. And. by the third day. the attendees were mostly 12-step. In 2012. SMART Recovery For several years. 12-step. as they Executive Director of FAVOR. Warm regards and happy holidays.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. As a result. In comparison. but unsure of the outcome of my participation. relapses. Executive Director. etc. Inc. SMART impacts communities. we applied for membership in their “Association of Recovery Community Organizations” (ARCO).
but he vows they will.org • www.S. grateful for had everyone singing and dancing! their recovery. who asked if I knew Tom Horvath. Their volunteers vocal talent (along with a great choir). and Bunny Sigler provided outstanding entertainment! where the need is truly greatest. and many of our volunteers do on the local level. and Grammy award winner Bunny Sigler rival ours — enthusiastic. Day two at their community center. We joined the volunteers and local center attendees for “fun Friday”. He likes Albert Ellis.A. D. recently trained and started a SMART meeting. a volunteer at Mary Jo’s facility. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. and she said he has leadership skills shining through that had previously been less evident. And fun. Day one my participation. PhD. today” — Stanton Peele. Mentor. I can’t wait to tell Michael I met Shari from SMART. So proud to show Big thanks to FAVOR for allowing PRO-ACT’s Recovery Center. “The Life Process Program is the most advanced addiction‑prevention program available in the U.) She wants more info about our Family & Friends meetings online and in San Diego. Inc. Then there was Gretchen from San Diego. It is — for him. . Another favorite… Mary Jo from Salt Lake City said “Oh. Big thanks to the Help yourself or a loved one. JD advertisement Call toll free 888-778-5833 Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. but feels lifetime meeting attendance is key. from Ohio Citizen Advocates. who hasn’t gone a week without an AA meeting in 31 years. I’d previously communicated with Donna Conley. Sounds vaguely familiar.People Power Continued Hugh in Maryland haven’t connected. Many of these Recovery Community Organizations focus on and bring in the local community to plan and run activities. Then there was Tim. Wouldn’t try to convince him otherwise after he came through a massive heroin and alcohol addiction and now enjoys a productive and rich life. much like we do with committees on the Central Office level.smartrecovery. housed in the heart of the inner city Fun Friday at PRO-ACT… the choir of recovered participants. It’s working for you? Stick with it — whatever it is! off “their” center. and delighted to host a (Who said recovery can’t be fun?) One of the really amazing things bunch of executive directors from was where the event was hosted — at around the country. And the beauty of it is… it IS their facility.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19.B. The Life Process Program© is an 8-week residential Life skills/ cognitive behavior training program that offers an alternative to 12-step drug rehab and alcoholism treatment programs. and met her face to face! We’ll be in touch to determine how we can be helpful to one another. it truly was! Their two recent “Recovery Idol” winners wowed us with some amazing was hosted at their job training center. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. and she continued by saying that he’s an amazing “front man” for SMART and their facility. Suite F.” Michael. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 6 .
And when I went to gather materials from the display table at the end of the conference. Moving forward. I was in no position to argue and begrudgingly did what I HAD to do! It is the desire of SMART to have all meeting facilitators and volunteers complete the “Get SMART FAST” Distance Training Program. county Drug & Alcohol Departments and ther- Why should I??? by Jim Braastad.firstname.lastname@example.org • www. Inc. we have a few other tips to share about what is working for us. non-believer and secular organizations. I was visited by so many people inquiring about the program that I never got a chance to eat my lunch. there was a need for outreach – a need to let folks know our group existed. and often with great emotion. simply stating “Because I said so”. apists) by mailing them invitations to attend a seminar about SMART Recovery for providers. Facilitator. After the conference. At the time. SMART Recovery Distance Training Coordinator. As we reached out to recovery service providers (treatment centers. “You just don’t know how lucky you are to have that support option available to you in your community!” Another is that having business cards printed that include our group location. being ever optimistic. Dennis and I have been working hard to make folks in our area aware that SMART Recovery is an option available to them through our face-to-face weekly meetings and through on-line services. they were ALL gone. Other providers we contacted have also been receptive – even those who didn’t attend the seminar – as evidenced by their referrals of clients to our group. we hope to see the start-up of some new groups in our area in the near future. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. We are frequently privileged to greet new members. Only the poster remained. Suite F. was “Why didn’t anybody tell us you were here???” Clearly. Their response to our program was overwhelming! They were thrilled to hear about the availability of a program for recovery that is non-religious and non-12-step. and I started the first and only open SMART Recovery meeting in the state of Pennsylvania.People Power Continued amazingly talented leaders of Recovery Community Organizations for their warm welcome to me. I recall many times my parents used the authoritarian approach in response to that question. They were very excited to hear about the availability of a recovery program that has no objection to the use of psychotropic medications when they are prescribed by professionals who may legally prescribe them. In addition to tips about receptive audiences. I can think of SEVERAL! When growing up. one of questions new attendees frequently asked us. my co-facilitator. Dennis Dougherty. Mentor. and from an adult attendee who was interested in learning about how he could volunteer with SMART Recovery. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: email@example.com SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. email: training@smartrecovery. And supplying service providers with them makes it easy for providers to give their clients information about our group. One of them is that having our group listed on SMART Ideas the SMART Recovery website is very important. As the result of these and other efforts we’re happy to say that our group has remained viable through its first year. Numerous participants have indicated they found us that way. Early on. SMART Recovery: growing our presence in PA by Holly Hartman. I was told that the materials had been taken for sharing with State officials (with whom one group would be meeting the next day) and for sharing with interested members of a nonbelievers organization who were not able to attend the conference. we anticipate continued growth of our group and.smartrecovery. Other groups we found to be especially receptive were atheist. I received e-mails from a teen attendee who was interested in starting a SMART Recovery group at her school. I had the privilege of making a presentation about SMART Recovery to the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference and also to have a display table there. So over the months since then and now. During the lunch break. He told us that the facility recommended SMART Recovery to him as a preferred aftercare option saying. And may we all continue to collectively move forward to ensure people in need receive all the services and programs they deserve to achieve recovery. meeting times and contact information has proven very effective for us. smartrecovery. D. The cards are easy for folks to carry with them and distribute. including one who recently completed treatment at a facility in California. we’ve learned some things that we thought might be helpful to pass along. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 7 .com In January of this year.org I think it’s pretty safe to say that EVERYONE could come up with at least one instance in their life where the “Why should I?” question has popped up. One of the biggest things we learned was about the existence of some very receptive target audiences. Along the way.B. however. Recently.A. we found that providers of long-term replacement therapies for opioid dependence were particularly receptive to hearing about our program. this training is required of all new Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. Personally.
is this request really unreasonable? Why SHOULDN’T I be asked to do this? Is there any evidence that I’m being singled-out? Is there evidence that I’m being questioned on my ability to conduct a SMART Recovery meeting? Has anyone said or implied the training I previously received wasn’t adequate? Do I know for a fact that I “won’t learn anything new”… I won’t get something from my participation in the training program? Do I really know all there is to know about SMART. or buts about it. ands. So the approach I’m going to take here is to answer the question with a question and ask “Why shouldn’t you?” In both questions. Heck! I can probably even teach the teachers a thing or two! What would your ABC exercise look like? One might also utilize the CBA tool on this. For the most part. An ABC exercise might look something like this: A (activating event): Being requested to complete the SMART Recovery training program. and we believe it is important for our volunteers to be on the “same page” regarding who we are. listing the “costs” and SMART Recovery Program Tools & Techniques ® SMART's 4-Point Program uses many tools and techniques that may help you gain independence from addictive behavior. Suite F.A. it may be an inconvenience and may encroach in a small way into my free time. and my prior experiences may benefit others. so I SHOULDN’T have to do this! It’ll be a waste of my time… I won’t learn anything new! C (consequent emotions and behaviors): Disbelief. etc. I’m not being “singled out” in this request. We just so happen to have a “tool” to help in that exploration process… the ABC’s of REBT #2 (Emotional Upsets). These tools include: Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. as most agree and understand the need of this quality and consistency in our program.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19.org • www. Having trained facilitators and volunteers is something that sets us apart from other mutual aid support groups. nor am I being questioned on my abilities. This provides both quality and consistency in our meetings and online activities. I SHOULDN’T be asked to do this! I know the SMART Recovery program… I’ve been holding a meeting successfully for XX number of (months/years). B (beliefs): This is TOTALLY unreasonable. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 8 . Yes.B. This “quality and consistency” is obtained through participation in our training program.? E (effective new philosophy/beliefs): There is no evidence this request is “unreasonable”. when looking at the big picture of the long-term growth and success of SMART Recovery. D (dispute): When looking at the “big picture” of things. no ifs. it goes against “what we do”.smartrecovery. In fact. this “requirement” has been readily accepted. The “authoritarian” approach could be used and policy could be set that everyone MUST complete the training. • Change Plan Worksheet • Cost/Benefit Analysis • ABCs of REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) for Urge Coping • ABCs of REBT for Emotional Upsets • DISARM (Destructive Images Self-talk Awareness and Refusal Method) • Brainstorming • Role-playing and Rehearsing • Hierarchy of Values We encourage you to learn how to use each tool and to practice the tools and techniques to help you progress toward Point 4: Living a Balanced Life. the training will likely be rather easy for me to complete. But that isn’t a very “SMART” approach. facilitating a meeting. However. no matter where they take place. it actually makes a lot of sense! With my past experience. Mentor. suggesting exploration of the thoughts and beliefs behind them.SMART Ideas Continued meeting facilitators and volunteers. anger. Inc. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. not everyone has embraced this with open arms and the “Why should I?” question has come up. but I am a part of the SMART organization and I want to be the best I can be in my role. D. frustration. what we do and how we do it. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. you’ll notice instances of “should” and “shouldn’t”… something SMART Recovery teaches to be both aware and cautious of.
Maine.” I can’t go fishing without leaving home and work. This past year. The Matrix. from things we actually can experience with our five senses: touch. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. You can see the difference when you think about the concepts of “going” and “leaving. and Canada. the same action might be taken to “pursue the good stuff. on to my effort to fix my error. Kevin Polk. Iceland. try to fix it if you can. I’ve been involved for 3 years now. I’ll be the first to admit I’m biased. if everyone was already doing that. during the fall FUNdraiser. SAVE A COPY. etc. Thus. the aim of the tool is to help a person identify if her responses to thoughts.” What I should have said is. Mentor. 2012) was about a tool developed by two staff at the Veterans Hospital in Togus. Now. Inc.SMART Ideas Continued “benefits” of participating in the training program. smartrecovery. I previously wrote. we’ve had participants from Chile. Importantly. would make important in life or away from painful experiences. taste and hearing. PhD and his colleague Jerold Hambright. (HINT: If you do either or both of these exercises on this. one can view some of the feedback we’ve received. It hasn’t failed me yet! It is these little added “lessons” that make each training session so different from each other… keeping me coming back for more! So that’s my long answer to the “Why should I?” question. or avoid. and try not to make the same error in the future. It’s common to have participants from countries around the world as well. D. Ireland and South Africa joining us. We aren’t going to MAKE you do it… we hope that you CHOOSE to! We know you’ll find it “worth” your small investment of time.org/moodle/). SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. It won’t be anything “new” though… “taking the training” has been the subject of ABC and CBA exercises from other training participants. images and sensations are moving the person toward what a person Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. Feelings. what the person would choose to make important in his or her life. some being from “experienced” facilitators who’ve completed the training. What’s the short answer. PhD. The horizontal line “—”divides the world inside one’s skin from the world outside one’s skin.) When it comes to the training program.smartrecovery. you might ask? Because you “should”… ☺ On the training website (http://www. smell. However. The training course is designed to allow participants to gain and broaden their knowledge and skills. Then again it might be. Images. not only from the course materials. So the discrimination provided by the first line looks like this: Five Senses + Actions We Take With Our Body ______________________________ Mental Events (Thoughts. PhD. I’m not asking you to take my (or anyone else’s) word on it! Find out and make the determination yourself by joining us in one of the upcoming training sessions. step one done: I admitted my mistake. ABPP What do you do when you screw up? Well. for example. the point of your action may be to “go toward” or it may be to “get away from. there’s a broad mix of participants from throughout the U. China. feelings. the bad stuff. You can’t really tell simply by looking at an action in isolation what “the point” of the action is.org • www. with varying backgrounds and walks of life. images and actions are moving the person toward. India. I realized I failed to explain it correctly on both occasions when I attended a training program and someone else began explaining “The Matrix.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. The Matrix is formed by two lines that cross.A. but the leaving might not be the point.” And. Denmark.” You can’t go some place without leaving some place else. I have not yet to become “bored”.) + Mental Actions The Matrix: oops! by Hank Robb.” the tool not the movie! OK. Each training session brings a change in the group dynamics and another opportunity to learn something new.” is the point actually to “fish” or to “get away from home and work. As I rightly stated in my previous article. but from the life experiences and perspectives shared by the other participants. However. I tell people that the thing to do is admit error. trying to change a thought or an image. Along with our five senses are the actions we take in the world outside our skin while along with the first group are the actions we can take to affect things inside our skin. nor would I be so bold to say that “I know it all”. it divides thoughts. as you’ll have already completed part of the training exercises in the course.B.” When I “go fishing. Suite F. I went on to talk about his tool.S. images. This article will be my latest chance to “practice what I preach!” My last column (fall issue. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 9 . and have gone through 27 (soon to be 28) completed training sessions (including the one I originally took as a “participant” in May 2009). In any given session.” Greek sages are supposed to have encouraged any who would listen to “know thy self. or away from.” or “escape. etc. memories. “[t]he aim of the tool is to help a person identify if his or her thoughts. sight. there would be no point in telling individuals that they’d be wise to start.
or center. “get you away from” painful thoughts and feelings.B. even with those painful thoughts and feelings. one thing worth noticing right now is one of the big helps in both admitting my error and trying to correct it: USA. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. Conversely. I also rightly said the further right from the centerline. Suite F. line. Unconditional Self Acceptance. “get away from” painful thoughts and feelings. also move toward the things you want to make important in your life. You didn’t INTEND to move away from what you would choose to make important. Mentor. generally speaking. the tool helps you see that when your move is to escape.” It may also be true that my error wasn’t “that bad. and at the same time. That just turns out to be an unfortunate consequence of adopting the “get-away-from-painfulthoughts-and-feelings” move. the better each of us will get at achieving USA. the discrimination provided by the second line should have looked like this: < < < AWAY from painful experiences TOWARD > > > what you want to make important what you want to make important in your life. So. readers have now seen that I have admitted my error and tried to straighten out my previously “crooked” presentation. the things you do in the service of those ends also. avoid or. I could have admitted error and tried to correct it while also buying into “What a stupid looser you are!. The strategy has the result of moving you away from Life In Recovery Survey Faces & Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) is conducting the first nationwide survey designed to document key aspects in the lives of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.A. To say it in a slightly different way. indeed. the further away from what you would choose to make important. even if all you were trying to do was get away from pain.” or the strategy of “go toward” works in practice. However. However. my mistake. It isn’t what you already have to understand in order to use the tool. The tool aims to help those who use it to more readily see the how a high focus on either the strategy of “get away from. USA! It is certainly true that if you are trying to get away from painful experiences. the tool helps you see that when you have painful thoughts and feelings.” No one died. the tool also lets you see that when you put a high focus on “go toward. To use the SMART Recovery motto. NO. move you away from the very things you would make important in your life. I still can unconditionally accept myself – and the more each of us practice doing so. a piece of crap. you COULD. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 10 .smartrecovery. D.” you are very likely to do things that do. While I also promise to try to do better in the future. And. service planners and providers and the recovery community – about the milestones that people achieve in recovery. and attempting to correct. I DO NOT! Sure. indeed. “[t]he further to the left of the centerline. you also may be moving away from what you want to make important in your life. I wrongly said. Whether my errors are GREAT or small. can do so even as you also take painful thoughts and feelings along for the ride. However.” job in making the presentation I wished to make – YES I DID! And do I have to buy that this makes me a piece of crap? NO. However. Why? Because I would have admitted my error and made my correction while feeling even worse about that error! The pain of my now publicly exposed error is pain enough! I don’t have to add more suffering by buying into the nonsense that crappy behavior makes the author of that behavior.” What I should have said was: the further to the left of the centerline. The information will contribute to educating the public about recovery and to address discriminatory barriers facing people in or seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Perhaps just as importantly. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. we will have to wait in order to find out if I do. the tool helps you open up “the power of choice!” Hopefully. Inc. as an important side effect. When you are highly focused on “get away from.” even a “crappy.SMART Ideas Continued When I talked about the vertical. policy makers. that is what the tool helps you to realize. the size of one’s error isn’t the issue when it comes to rating one’s personhood. the more you are moving toward what you would choose to make important in your life. Faces & Voices is gathering this information to inform a variety of diverse audiences – the public. Did I originally do a “less than great. WHO SHOULD TAKE THE SURVEY? Anyone who considers themselves in recovery from alcohol and other Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network.org • www. we know very little about what happens in a person’s life in recovery. USA. NO. namely me. Not even a drop of blood was spilled.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19.” you. take you away from what you want to make important.” but it sure would have been a lot harder. I can also recognize that I don’t now rise to one of the elect and select and better than all those “non-admitters” and “non-correcters” by admitting. While much is known about the many costs of addiction. Just one more member of that naturally mistake-making bunch called “The Human Family. the more you are focused on getting away from painful experiences. I remain what I always have been and always will be.
smartrecovery. Dr.com/s/ Life_In_Recovery_Survey-Spanish attendees from throughout the US.SMART Ideas Continued drug problems is encouraged to take the survey. outreach strategies.org • www. The survey is available in English and in Spanish. technology. All of your answers are completely confidential – we don’t ask for your name or any other identifying information. TAKE THE SURVEY NOW. where those who have been facilitating meetings for years fielded questions and shared insights. In addition to Richard Phillips. For a copy of the presentations visit http://www.A. English: www. You can take the survey between November 5 and December 31. Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. updates on tools. It takes about 10 minutes to complete. If you know other people who may also be interested in sharing their experiences for this important project. SMART’s Annual Conference was hosted in Chicago.surveymonkey. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. PhD. D. Additionally a new annual award — The Joseph Gerstein Award for Exemplary Service to SMART Recovery debuted. Inc. Practical Recovery. and following the banquet a lively round of Jeopardy pursued! Sunday’s program included Dr.surveymonkey. Facilitator of the Year: Gregory Lopez SROL Champion of the Year: Kalar and Charlie Outreach Champion of the Year: Patrick Garnett Emerging Champion of the Year: Ashley Phillips Innovator of the Year: SMART Recovery UK® (award accepted by Richard Phillips) Unsung Hero Award: Jonathan von Breton Leadership Award: Gary Bagley. Be sure to mark your calendars and begin your plans to join in the 2013 Annual Conference scheduled for October 11–13 at Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites in San Diego! SMART Progress 2012 annual conference a great learning experience for all! In September. international activities.surveymonkey. and a panel discussion/Q&A session featuring all of the speakers from the day. ABOUT THE SURVEY. Mentor.org/ chicago2012/slideshows. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue.B. ——— SMART Recovery ——— award recipients included: Champion of the Year: Co-recipients: Brett Saarela and Hank Robb. and while the weather wasn’t especially conducive to a walking tour. shortly before the fall quarterly issue of the News & Views was issued. 2012. Suite F. Gregory Retreat Center. Enjoy the photo summary of the event shown on the pages that follow. please send them the survey link www. those who participated enjoyed having learned so much about beautiful Chicago! The Saturday program began with a video welcome from Gil Kerlikowske. Faces & Voices of Recovery is partnering with Alexandre Laudet. AToN Center.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19.html. Sweden. David Saenz presenting advanced strategies for groups. The remainder of the day was filled with a variety of organizational updates – training. the Conference included participants from India. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 11 .com/s/ Life_In_Recovery_Survey Spanish: www. John Kelly’s overview of Treatment and Recovery. Saturday night finished on a high note with the 1st Annual SMART Recovery Community Awards Banquet (hosted by AToN Center). Gerstein was presented a lifetime achievement award on Saturday night. England and Ireland! Friday afternoon began with an optional guided walking tour of Chicago. followed by Dr. Director of The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. It wouldn’t be a Conference without SMART Jeopardy. Director of the Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery at the National Development and Research Institutes to conduct the survey.com/s/Life_In_Recovery_Survey and encourage them to participate. We are especially grateful to our Conference Sponsors. IL.smartrecovery. and St. SMART Recovery UK®. and a panel of “master facilitators”.
Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 12 . D. Dr. Suite F. Joe Gerstein receiving the 1st Lifetime Achievement Award.smartrecovery. Some of the many online volunteers and participants who attended. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue.B.org • www.SMART Progress Continued Webmaster Charlie’s presentation. Inc. Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. Presenter Lee Stout from NYC. The attentive audience.A. Dr. Mentor. John Kelly presenting.
D.smartrecovery. One goal of the Regional or State Coordinator role is to leverage the current resources of the organization towards the primary goal of increasing the availability of. RCs help other volunteers understand SMART Recovery principles more fully. and its vast array of resources and materials to become volunteer Regional Coordinators or State Coordinators. and how involved local volunteers are willing to be in these organizational development and administrative outreaches. other volunteers. Mentor. the organization. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 13 . and number of SMART Recovery meetings. Inc. In addition to providing coordination by and between volunteers.SMART Progress Continued Help us grow SMART Recovery! Are you interested in helping to grow SMART Recovery? We are looking for current or past facilitators who have a good working knowledge of SMART Recovery. presenting to Ashley Phillips. These Coordinators primarily serve as a resource for SMART participants. speaker solicitation. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. many RCs also provide a substantial amount of new business development. Conference Chair. and administrative support for local meetings.org • www. and consider options for how to apply them. Suite F. Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. meeting facilitators. In conjunction with Central Office staff and SMART Recovery Volunteer Advisors. How much support will depend on local traditions and circumstances.A.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19.B. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. and advisors within their respective region or state. President Tom Horvath Panel of expert facilitators fielding tough questions. Alex and Vanna during SMART Jeopardy! Greg Lopez from NYC presenting. its approach to recovery. The Regional Coordinator (RC) serves as a consultant to volunteers as they apply SMART Recovery principles in their activities. Brett Saarela.
REBT. 4. 3. As usual. Oklahoma. Oregon. Texas and Louisiana Mid-America – Nebraska. distribute and provide regional marketing and promotional material. MI) Kacie Best (Interim) Ginger Frank Michael Collins (TN) WV & KY Vacant Doug Hanshaw (CO) Vacant other than Colorado Bill Abbott (Interim) Michael Abbate Vacant Ashley Phillips Robert Brown Vacant Kacie Best (FL) RC’s contributions include: 1. 5. SROL On November 3. IN. 2.smartrecovery. hosted by John Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. Many RCs also function as meeting facilitators on an ongoing basis. hosted by Kelly Dr. Bill Knaus – Combatting Addictions and Depression. South Dakota and Wisconsin Southeast – Georgia.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19.com. recruit. Virginia and New Jersey Great Lakes – Illinois. Dr. Follow up. Thoughts. If you are interested in helping with an open region or with the state in which you live please contact Patrick Garnett. and mentor volunteers expressing interest in starting new meetings. As feasible. Massachusetts. Encourage facilitators to organize and participate in Recovery Month activities. Besides the regions that are currently vacant.B. Henry Steinberger – Six Deep Slow Breaths: Using Mindfulness as an Anchor for Accepting Negative Emotions. and transition replacement RCs prior to completion of term. Michael Edelstein – Addiction. current and prospective activities. Missouri. Florida and Mississippi Coordinator Hugh Delaney Dave Willis Dick Bozian (OH) Patrick Garnett (IL. Hawaii. Mentor. This was the 14th anniversary of SMART Recovery On-Line. attend the SMART Recovery Annual Conference.com to report on past. D. Suite F. Regions and regional coordinators are as follows: Region Central East – Delaware. and West Virginia Mountain West – Colorado. and Philosophy. and Arkansas Mid-Atlantic – Kentucky. 6. Urges and Cravings.SMART Progress Continued RC’s may also help arrange new meetings and occasionally facilitate new meetings as a model of how to conduct meetings. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. hosted by Richard Dr. nominate. Rhode Island and Vermont Northeast – New York and Pennsylvania Northwest Frontier – Alaska. successes and goals for their assigned region. Director. Maryland. Tennessee. at patrickg1200@gmail. Inc. 7. Montana. Serve as a clearinghouse to provide ideas/feedback to the Central Office from volunteers within your region. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. develop. Minnesota. Utah and Wyoming New England – Connecticut. Washington and Pacific Islands Pacific Southwest – Arizona and California Prairielands – Iowa. Develop. we had our annual celebration and fundraiser. 8. at least once between quarterly RC meetings. SMART Recovery Online update by Jonathan von Breton. Leads not otherwise developed within the region will be provided more routinely through the SMART Recovery Central Office. Regional Coordinator Chair. such as having someone take Indiana and or Michigan.org • www. Idaho. Make contact with meeting facilitators in assigned regions. New Hampshire. we would like to break up some regions into more state coordinators. Identify. we had an amazing line-up of guest speakers with excellent volunteer hosts. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 14 . borrow. DC. or states. Indiana.A. Michigan and Ohio Gulf Coast – New Mexico. Nevada. This contact focuses on what is working well and what is needed to further establish and maintain SMART Recovery Meetings in the region. North Dakota. Maine. Kansas. North Carolina and South Carolina Southern Coast – Alabama. Attend and participate in quarterly Regional Coordinator meetings hosted via gotomeetings.
Dr. We’ve created a simple working website from help with fund raising. Speakers: Arranged for and looked after As we’ve been experimenting with by their hosts. M. As this is one of SROL’s major fund raising events. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. and are looking forward to strong partnership with SMART Auction photos: Mata and Hammer Regional Coordinators so we can really Auction list: John11 Auction posts: Richard. Bill Knaus.com. CSW. That makes giving Dr. and following up with them in SROL desperately needs volunteers to concerted ways to build ties.D.A. or would like to help out. Mr. please contact us at smartcourtsus@gmail. or you can leave a message at 513-399-6534. We are exploring a and mail them to the winning bidders. Hank Robb.. Tom Horvath – How could I less immediate and tangible. D. Dr. JvB.smartrecovery.B. Message Board. Bob Meyers – CRAFT hosted by MomRox and TwoPutts mation. Dr. have some ideas.net. discussions and presentations by Dr. and SMART’s President. and freedom of choice concerns of the legal community. It includes staff and technical support. Ed. Tom Horvath. We are excited at the growth and expansion of SMART acceptance as an optimum choice for mutual support. Or the round of applause! Central Office. we need fundraising volunhosted by Kalar and Hammer teers. and Facilitate Jonathan von Breton – Ask the Pro. Henry Steinberger. we are Here is a second huge ‘THANK undertaking a targeted effort in YOU’ to Jodi at the Central Office. Mentor. the informal court team auction raised over $5. SROL has explain my addictive behavior to others? to raise money other ways. So here is a huge Committee by the Board of Directors ‘THANK YOU” to the organizers. There is no physical hat to pass at meethosted by GJBXVI ings in cyberspace. Dr. Suite F. Dick Bozian and Rod Outreach Committee Chair Allwood each put up a $250 matching I am delighted to pledge challenge. and Hammer reach into the facilitator communities to provide help and support in Auction results: Momrox concrete ways. and when you are moving away from it. Court status update SMART events by Dee Cloward. Dr.D. Establishing this model is a critical piece of the structure SMART needs to formally address court outreach challenges. All told. Then she had to package them volunteer(s). Edward Garcia. established as the Events like these don’t organize and SMART Recovery Court Outreach run themselves. MA. model for identifying court contacts This was no small task. Horvath. in addition to a $500 announce that our anonymous challenge.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. Yes — we emphasize CHOICE! If you are interested.. Michael Edelstein. philosophies. Special Events Coordinator We are continually amazed and delighted at the generosity of our speakers’ interest in SMART and in sharing their knowledge directly with our recovery community! This past year included workshops. Patrick Garnett and local came in. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 15 . Hank Robb. local facilitators and meeting participants. would like more information. process. Dr. We are closely aligned with the goals. It costs thousands of dollars to bring you those valuable resources. Just as we hosted by Bandita depend on volunteers to help in Chat. which to gather and distribute inforSMART Recovery On-Line provides Dr.200 of much was recognized and needed and appreciated money.org • www. In addition. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. what you want to make important in life Chatroom and meeting room fees. Court items to bid on. including Dr. Hank Robb – The Matrix a tool to help notice when you are moving toward That covers the website. Knaus. direction. Dr. Surprise! Surprise! There were over 62 by Dee (aka Dolores Cloward). She Chicago in partnership with Regional had to organize the auction items as they Coordinator. Remember. and detail. Interested persons please contact All of the speakers and hosts deserve a me at jvonbreton@cox. Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. the Online Annual Auction and FUNdraiser in November featured eight speakers. Inc.SMART Progress Continued open access to many valuable resources for your use. We look forward to expanding the model in the spring of 2013 and designing outreach efforts with each of the regional coordinators -and through them. on the Message Board. we had an auction. in November! We have been moving Main Organizer: Hammer along. meetings.
It appears to be an emerging norm that addiction professionals mention SMART Recovery. suggestions. and Dr. For instance. SMART Recovery has gained a new level of respect and acknowledgment. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 16 . 7:00 PM ET The SMART Room New Year’s Around the World Party and Fundraiser December 31.B. From 2006 to 2011 our growth rate averaged 14% per year. Suite F.* That time is within sight! Then individuals seeking recovery will truly have the option (choice) of a selfempowering approach to recovery. It is good we are a patient and yet persistent organization! We have been working on this project for nearly two decades already. We expect acceptance of this method of experiencing SMART Recovery to grow. 2013 – 5:00 AM (24 full hours) Join our worldwide community celebration not appear poised to grow to the numbers needed for comparable availability. Mentor. availability is comparable.org • www. and the speakers were phenomenal. Mental health professionals are also increasingly aware of SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. Jonathan Von Breton. The lists of mutual help groups published by various organizations now typically include SMART Recovery. Facebook.org. When I give presentations to professionals I get no overt objection when I state “it is Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. worldwide. Twitter and the SMART Message Boards. SMART Recovery Online is already available 24/7. President’s Letter Mutual help group parity SMART Recovery looks forward to the time when. We are taking off! Although a growth rate of 25% per year could drop down again. D. and are regular referral sources for meetings. and one SMART Recovery meeting within 20 minutes. there are changes in the recovery field that suggest the growth rate will actually increase. when mutual help is mentioned. However. many individuals will continue to prefer face-toface meetings. at least in the US and UK. 13 Tips to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever! Dr.A. Bill Knaus December 29. NOTE: We also have two final and very exciting events for 2012 coming right at the end of the year. We are poised to achieve comparable availability within approximately a decade. resulting in 828 meetings worldwide. We also welcome comments.SMART Progress Continued EVENTS IN DECEMBER! Joe Gerstein. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: email@example.com. Inc. as you’ll see here. along with 12-step groups. From 1997 to 2006 our growth rate averaged just 3% per year. we plan on having favorites return and to invite some people we may not have heard from recently (or ever)! Look for details as they become available on The SMART Blog. Our rate of growth has increased considerably. 2012. if there are three 12-step meetings within 15 minutes travel. Other support groups do What is “comparable availability” and when will we achieve it? Comparable availability means that at least one SMART Recovery meeting is close enough to the availability of 12-step meetings. The auction was fun and lively as is usual. Robert Meyers. and feedback always.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. So far in 2012 (as of late November) our worldwide growth rate has been nearly 25% per year. our meetings will be comparably available to 12-step meetings. ➜ During 2013. Just send to information@smartrecovery. 2012 – 5:00 AM to January 1.
MD. Other approaches are quite different. Review. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 17 .” meaning find two additional volunteers. For our participants specifically. we exist to support all of us to be our highest selves. or other impediments.President’s Letter Continued unethical to say 12-step is the only path to successful recovery.000 needs one meeting. If we grow at 33% per year. About the authors.000. Massachusetts General Hospital. it is worthwhile to investigate your options.A. San Diego appears to need about 50 meetings. which also bases itself not just on the author’s opinions.000 meetings within a decade. Suite F. How will we do it? I propose a new slogan: “Recruit 2. written by Harvard Medical School faculty along with other experts. I look forward to giving you updates on the exciting years ahead! * The article is based on a presentation made at the SMART Recovery Annual Conference.” the idea that one form of recovery is better than another. irrational objections. MD. we will hit 5. This estimate is based on San Diego County.000 facilitators we will probably need to train one to two thousand facilitators a year. we need to continue to oppose “recoveryism. We need about 5. My first impression when I was asked to review this book was that it was going to either be (1) a stuffy. These are the first publications to help general readers recognize and address these problems. we exist to support everyone in making good decisions. in order to justify why the advice in the book pertained to you. or (2) a boring set of case studies set as examples whose sole purpose was to have you find something that you could connect with. Illinois.” Why are we doing it? I suggest that SMART Recovery exists to provide guidance to everyone about how to lead a happier life. strong emotions. or a combination of them. it is a well written and often anecdotal monograph. Chicago.smartrecovery. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org meetings. Joseph Nowinski. as documented in the notes at the end of the book. and possibly “clinician’s handbook”. and our second recruit grows SMART Recovery. Our first recruit replaces us. published by Hazelden Health Publications. All of us will move on from volunteering at some point. In short. but rather on facts and clinical studies. When we have 5. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. work. Inc.000. About the book. Secondly.000 US meetings in order to have comparable availability. Yes. would need about 5. They then guide you in developing strategies and goals for changing the amount and frequency of your alcohol use and show you how to measure your results and make informed decisions about next steps. and following through on them despite cravings. PhD As reviewed by Richard J Lacroix This Self-Help book.” Although this statement has always been true. Book Review Almost Alcoholic Is My (or My Loved One’s) Drinking a Problem by Robert Doyle.org • www. He is currently a columnist for the Huffington Post and works in private practice. where I live. We are in the process of increasing the number of new facilitators we can train.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. Robert Doyle. In Almost Alcoholic. is another in “The Almost Effect” series. I am pleased to report that I was pleasantly surprised that this book is neither of those things. with a population of 3. We’ll have 20 meetings soon. PhD. Harvard Medical School and Joseph Nowinski. so I’ll keep you apprised of developments.000.B. Instead. Doyle and Nowinski provide the tools to identify and assess your patterns of alcohol use and evaluate their impact on your relationships. is a nationally recognized expert on alcoholism and a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is on the medical staff at Harvard’s prestigious teaching hospital. but someone will not know which one is better until there is exposure to several. September. is a clinical psychologist. highly theoretical. some forms for recovery are better for some individuals than others. We need to educate all addiction and mental health professionals to say: “There are many ways to recover. there are occasions in the past I would have been reluctant to state it aloud. was a professor of psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco and associate adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut. AA and 12-step groups are one approach. If you have not chosen one. Every city of 50. with a population of about 300.000. 2012 normal health and a full-blown medical condition. and by indirect influence on all of humanity. Our US meeting count is 445. Mentor. The US. Some additional milestones: We need 15-20 meetings per million people. They offer guidance on common behavioral and physical problems falling in the spectrum between Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. D. and personal well-being.
We were fortunate to have Dr. Conference. SMART Recovery AU began as a pilot group at St Vincent’s Hospital in 2002 and has now become a not-forprofit organisation with 100 active groups per week throughout the country. as opposed to Almost Alcoholics. Mentor. Instead it addresses those who may fit into the grey area. 2. and to promoting improved standards in clinical practice and in research into this and allied subjects throughout Australia. SMART Recovery® 7304 Mentor Avenue. Weave It tells us that we may be “Almost Alcoholic”. Suite F. or feel that we have to “hold out”. Founding President. nor do they need to deliberately resist them.smartrecovery. but more importantly in this reviewer’s opinion. and other quick and easy In November. and offers specific methods to gradually change the undesirable behaviors. if we like to maintain a “buzz” before a social or other event. SMART Recovery Australia honored its ten year Anniversary in Australia at the annual Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Pictured left to right: Peter Kelly. until we can drink. “Almost Alcoholic” is a good read. in addition to the studies cited. of while not being totally abstinent. do not experience cravings. SMART Recovery AU. it’s an effective handbook for those who have been seeking a tool to help them to identify and solve a problem with their alcohol use. and includes specific cases as examples of real-world clients.org • www. once they were assisted in identifying that there was indeed an issue.A. New South Wales Corrections Department Jim Villamor. are by the same token not alcohol-dependent. SMART Recovery AU Joe Gerstein. this is one of the better executed Self-Help books on alcohol related behavioral issues. Inc. SMART AU conducted facilitator training to a not-for-profit organisation called Weave. APSAD is dedicated to raising awareness about the problems related to the use of alcohol and other drugs.Book Review Continued Also. In my opinion. and how setting attainable goals to gauge your progress can be of use as well. SMART Recovery AU Board Member and Director. as well hear firsthand from the people who are personally involved in overseeing and continued development of the program. 3. Joe Gerstein present for this launch who spoke on his experience introducing SMART to Australia. The book goes on to give many other examples of behaviors that we may have noticed in ourselves and become concerned about. “Almost Alcoholic” establishes a five point criteria that help to define a possible problem with alcohol use: 1. author Robert Doyle draws on his experiences in practice. Recently. D. and suggestions on what to do about it. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 18 . 4. either. as well as some history of his experience and commitment to SMART Recovery over the years. if you are experiencing some concerns regarding your alcohol use. but do not think that the label of “Alcoholic” fits you. Lecturer. International Development SMART Recovery Australia celebrates 10th anniversary ® Teen/youth SMART Recovery: Teen and Youth SMART AU has been gaining more awareness throughout Sydney with an increase in agencies and services interested in getting trained as facilitators so they can begin running groups within their organisations. Published by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. or that if we count down. Clinical Psychology and deputy director of Clinical Training at Wollongong University. The book also explains that social drinkers. Josette Freeman. OH 44060 • Phone: 440/951-5357 • Fax: 440/951-5358 • E-mail: information@smartrecovery. 5. Included are some exercises. SMART Recovery Sue Henry-Edwards. Drinking to relieve stress Drinking alone Anticipation of drinking Negative consequences Drinking causing suffering tools that can be used to identify the depth and breadth of your “almost” problem with alcohol.B.org SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. short questionnaires. who were helped by the suggested techniques. This provided a professional and appropriate platform to further increase the profile of SMART Recovery in Australia.
Suite F. Weave supports the principles and philosophy of SMART Recovery and will begin running weekly meetings throughout their various service 2013. Watch your actions. Issue 1 • Winter 2013 Page 19 . and provincially after I can make it up to Edmonton to do my presentation for them. Besides. what have people battling addiction done to get that next bottle. they become actions. and should be updated on our website shortly. Mentor. ® Articles are welcome! If you have a story or information you would like to see published in News & Views. There is a sense of pride in our members’ eyes when they save up and purchase the Handbook. Hopefully when we have more trained facilitators. I’ll wrap up with some info on our Handbook sales. For many. and they are proud of that. please submit it to Rosemary Almond. Inc. A large proportion of people who access their services are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Staff will also inform potential members about our multiple on-line meetings and wonderful website as potential resources. We now have four solid meetings each week. That is an average of more than 22 Handbooks on a monthly basis. where I hope to have the news that our Charitable Donation Status has been approved.com Unsolicited material is most welcome! SMART Recovery relies on volunteer labor and donations. they become words. ☺ Here in Calgary we’ve had a pretty good quarter since my last update.International Development Continued provides a range of services to socially excluded young people. or a $20-piece of whatever? I just ask them to review their motivation. Christmas and birthday presents seem to end up broken and in the garage within a few months. Calgary. All statements regarding self-help in this newsletter are the views of the author and are not an official endorsement of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Self-Help Network. with 32 in November alone. it becomes your destiny. One of our biggest supporters has been Alberta Health Services. Please be generous with your time and money! ©2013 ADASHN. Since our Handbook is the foundation of our program. Going forward. rosemaryalmond@gmail. 7304 Mentor Avenue. children and families in the Sydney Metropolitan area. there will be SMART flyers and a Handbook at each kiosk in each casino! People will be directed to our face-to-face meetings where they can pick up the Handbook and further their recovery. But when a child saves up for six months to buy a bike. and help keep SMART Recovery running in Canada. media coverage. I presented SMART to the Southern Alberta Staff. THANK YOU IDA! The highlight of the quarter has to be my presentation to the Alberta Liquor & Gaming Commission.. Developments: SMART AU is committed to increasing the awareness of SMART Recovery in order to provide even more weekly SMART meetings throughout the country. Editor. In the first 11 months of 2012 we have sold 249 Handbooks. all rights reserved. that bike is pretty shiny for a long time. OH 44060. growth and understanding of the SMART Recovery Program. Until then. Watch your words. “Watch your thoughts. I recommend that all members pick one up and work through it.☺ I look forward to our next quarterly update. starting in Southern Alberta. AB. SMART AU continues to partner with many organizations which have strengthened our reputation for grant opportunities. I am pleased to announce that the new meeting will be held at a new location at the Victory Foundation’s Ogden location: 7012 Ogden Rd SE. it is the first “investment” they’ve ever made in themselves.” SMART Recovery Alberta update by Curtis Boudreau. because they’ve earned it. and we continue to average 3–6 newcomers each meeting. we can continue to do the presentation ourselves. SMART Recovery Alberta Hello to all of the SMART people around the world. We sell each Handbook for $20. they become habit. Attendance has been solid. Watch your habits. and I’m excited to let everyone know we’ll be opening up our fifth weekly meeting in December. There is a two week Intensive Day Program and IDA has been wonderful enough to present the program to their graduating class every other week. they become character. I continue to present the program to two detox centres on a weekly basis as well as Alberta Health Services every eight weeks for their Relapse Prevention Program. Watch your character. and we become a Registered Charity in Canada! Until next time. SMART Recovery® News & Views Volume 19. The meeting at the Berkana House has been suspended due to lack of facilitators. The ALGC has Responsible Gambling Information Centres in each casino where people who suspect that gambling has become more than a game to them can obtain information on various recovery options. women.” — Lao Tzu I do expect this meeting to re-open in the New Year as we have new facilitators training and completing our Distance Training program as we speak. Inc.
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