Subject: News & Views - August 2019

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August 2019
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Helpful Resources 
September is National Recovery Month!
6 Ways You Can Celebrate in Your Community
Did you know that September is National Recovery Month?

Recovery Month was created 30 years ago by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
During this month, many prevention, treatment and recovery programs, and service providers across the country find creative ways to share their successes and information with neighbors, families, and friends with the goal of promoting recovery and recovery programs.

Of course, we think the best way to celebrate Recovery Month is to join us at our 2019 SMART Recovery National ConferenceBut, if you're unable to join us, here are some other ways you can celebrate at home or in your local community.

Friday is the Last Day to Order 
25th Anniversary Shirts!

Spread the word and show your SMART pride by purchasing a commemorative t-shirt which celebrates 25 years of self-empowered recovery. Several styles available. 

Sales close this Friday, August 30 at midnight!

A Sample Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of Addiction
The Cost/Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a great way to take a good, hard, honest look at the real risk/reward profile of your behaviors, and then make sound decisions accordingly.

In a CBA, you consider the following questions: 
  • What are the advantages of using/doing? 
  • What are the disadvantages of using/doing? 
  • What are the advantages of not using/doing? 
  • What are the disadvantages of not using/doing? 
Take a few minutes and watch this new Tips & Tools video to learn more about this CBA exercise, then head over to our Toolbox to find our printable CBA worksheet that you can use to do your own cost benefit analysis.

Family & Friends CAN Help a Heavy Drinker
8 Tips to Support a Friend or Loved One with an Alcohol Problem
If you’re concerned about someone else’s drinking or drug use, this post is for you.

The research is clear that family members and friends of heavy drinkers have higher levels of stress, depression, and anxiety that stems from their loved one's drinking. And the old saying that "there’s nothing you can do about it" just isn’t accurate anymore.

This article provides eight clear suggestions for what to do and not do when helping a heavy drinker.

A New Look at the Stages of Change
Hear from the Co-Creator of the Stages of Change at the 
2019 SMART Recovery National Conference!
All individuals who change problematic behavior owe a debt of gratitude to the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, developed and refined since the late 1970s by, among others, Carlo C. DiClemente, Ph.D., ABPP.

The five stages of change are: 
  1. Precontemplation
  2. Contemplation
  3. Preparation
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance
Learn more about what happens at each of these stages and how someone might work their way through them in this recent guest blog post, provided by David Koss of Capital SMART.

We are pleased to welcome co-creator of the Stages of Change, Carlo DiClemente, Ph.D., ABPP, as keynote speaker at the 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference in September.

SMART Recovery Featured in Cigna Podcast
Freedom From Addiction, with Board President Bill Greer
SMART Recovery was recently featured in Cigna’s Behavioral Awareness Series, in an episode entitled Freedom From Addiction.
In this interview with Cigna, Board President Bill Greer explains that recovery is so much more than stopping your addictive behavior. It is creating a new life full of new opportunities. Bill says, “Recovery has many different meanings, some of which are stopping the challenging behavior. Long term recovery requires us to build a new life, recovering what we lost, the person or self we were before addiction started controlling your life.”

Learn more about SMART Recovery and its 4-Point Program® in this interview.

Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Register!
We are less than one month away from the 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference, and less than two weeks away from our September 9 registration deadline. Please plan to join us September 20 – 22 in Itasca, Illinois.
In celebration of our 25th anniversary and our dedication to increased growth and impact in our next 25 years, we have gathered leading addiction scientists and public policy experts who will educate and inform our community on the latest recovery strategies.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers, participate in informational breakout sessions that will further your education in recovery related topics, and network with SMART Recovery volunteers and friends, treatment and health care professionals, and more.
Registration will close in less than two weeks! Don't miss your opportunity to learn from the best. 
12 NAADAC-approved CEUs are available for treatment providers who register as treatment professionals.
Book Your Hotel Room Before August 29!
The SMART Recovery group discount will close tomorrow! 
We have secured a nightly rate of $109 at The Westin Chicago Northwest. Take advantage of this insider price by booking your hotel room before August 29, 2019. 
Want to spend a few extra days exploring Chicago? Based on availability, conference attendees may take advantage of the SMART rate September 17–24.

Place a Sponsor or Tribute Ad in Our 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book
We are pleased to reveal a SMART Recovery Silver Anniversary commemorative book at this year's National Conference to Celebrate Our Past, Present and Future. The 60-page book will highlight historical and organization information, a timeline of our journey through 25 years, recognition of individuals who have contributed to our success, and much more. It will be given to all conference attendees and will be available online after the conference in our online Book Shop.
Placing an ad in this commemorative book is an opportunity to get your message in front of SMART Recovery volunteers and friends, treatment and health care professionals, community leaders and government officials around the country – both at this year's conference and beyond as we continue to share it in our efforts throughout the year. 
Take this opportunity to feature your business, share a congratulatory message to SMART Recovery for our Silver Anniversary, or place a tribute message for someone who benefited from or contributed to SMART Recovery through the years.
Last call! Purchase your ad by this Friday, Aug. 30. 
Get more details about this and other sponsorship opportunities on our conference website.
SMART Recovery REGIONAL Conference (Washington D.C. Area) 
SMART in Action!
Please plan to join Capital SMART, DC Metro area’s SMART Recovery group, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, for the 4th Annual SMART Recovery Regional Conference, SMART in Action!

The keynote speakers, Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD and Dr. A. Thomas Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, are two of the nation’s leading experts in the causes and best practices in the treatment of substance use disorders. 

Conference Details: 
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About SMART Recovery
Self-Management And Recovery Training
Founded in 1994, SMART Recovery uses science-based techniques that have proven to be effective in helping people recover from addiction problems involving any substance or behavior, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, over-eating, shopping and internet use.
Each week, thousands of people discuss recovery progress, challenges and SMART tools at more then 3,000 local meetings, daily online meetings and 24/7 online message boards and chat rooms

Participants use SMART to take ownership of their recovery and become empowered through its 4-Point Program®: Building motivation; Coping with urges; Managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and Living a balanced life.
For more information, please visit

Contact SMART Recovery at or 440.951.5357.
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