Subject: News & Views - December 2020

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December 2020
Inside This Issue:
The Holidays are Here
Happy Holidays from SMART Recovery
This year has been tough, a time of challenges and adaptation for everyone. While difficult, finding the good is possible.

One place where good continues to be present is in our SMART Recovery community. Attending a SMART meeting to get support and share support for others is a great way to celebrate this holiday season. Building yourself and others up can help you feel better and more positive than you did yesterday.

Thank you for allowing SMART Recovery to be a part of your journey! We share in your commitment to living a Life Beyond Addiction during the holidays and beyond.

Everyone at SMART Recovery wishes you, your family, and friends healthy and safe holidays and a happy new year!

The National Office will be closed 
Thursday, December 24 - Sunday, December 27, 2020 
Friday, January 1 - Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Tips & Tools for Recovery That Works!
Overcome Holiday Triggers Video
The holidays can be challenging for those in recovery. The latest video offers ways to help overcome triggers during the holidays.
Podcast Release
Going into the Holidays with Eyes Wide Open
Stacey McKeever is a librarian in southern California. Her lifelong struggle with food addiction has led her to use SMART Recovery as one pathway to maintaining balance in her life.

In this podcast, Stacey talks about:
  • Being put on diet pills at eight years old
  • Using food to cope with her feelings
  • Finding out she had a food addiction
  • How needing food to live makes the struggle more difficult
  • Learning how to have boundaries with words, not food
  • Incorporating SMART Recovery and Weight Watchers programs into her life
  • Going into the holidays with eyes wide open
  • Learning how to be a whole person with SMART
  • What is most valuable about SMART meetings
  • Advice for staying on the balance beam
  • Learning that recovery is an individual journey
  • And much more!
Guest Holiday Blog
Ways to Manage the Urge to Drink During the Holidays
Family gatherings, year-end celebrations, seasonal stress: there are lots of opportunities to drink—and drink heavily —over the holidays. Yet, with a little planning, you can deal with these triggers and urges from a place of personal power.

Consider these five helpful tips to successfully deal with urges and stay to sober this holiday season. 

1. Identify Your Triggers
Triggers can be internal (positive and negative feelings, physical conditions like thirst or hunger) and external (people, places, situations). What triggers your urge to drink?

Continue reading as Dr. Reid K. Hester, founder of CheckUp & Choices, shares four other helpful tips for staying sober this season.
Support SMART This Holiday Season
A Chance to Make a Lasting Difference
The pandemic has affected people around the world.  Isolation, decreased support, and financial and emotional burdens have taken a toll on all of us, and those with addiction are some of the hardest hit.   

Through your generous contribution, we can continue to increase the number of online support meetings to help the countless individuals whose recovery has been challenged by the disruptions of COVID and additional stress of the holidays. 

They are our parents, siblings, family, and friends. Too many never get the help they need. You are helping to change that.
Two Ways to Shop Online While Supporting SMART
ShopRaise - A New Way to Shop Online
SMART is using the new ShopRaise app, which gives a portion back to SMART whenever you shop online at over 1,000 stores like Macy’s, Home Depot, and Walmart.

Please help us support and promote our program by doing these three simple things:
  • Click the link to get the ShopRaise app
  • Use tools in the mobile app to share it with family and friends
  • Shop online and support SMART in the process
Click the link to get started. 
AmazonSmile - Experience Feel Good Shopping
When you shop with AmazonSmileand select SMART Recovery as your charity, Amazon will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to SMART. 

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support SMART by shopping at
New Partnership with OhioMHAS
The HOHO Initiative for Ohio
In partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and other Peer Recovery Organizations (PROs), SMART Recovery received funding to help reduce social isolation for Ohioans with mental health or substance use disorders, as well as other addictive or problematic behaviors. These FREE resources are provided through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) funding for use during the holiday season. 
From the Board President
Bill Greer's Message to the SMART Recovery Community
I bring greetings to our entire community and a special welcome to seven new SMART Recovery USA board members, bringing our total to seventeen. Not since SMART was founded more than a quarter-century ago have we assembled a more talented and dedicated group of people to help lead our organization. They have the diverse skills and vision we need to innovate our services and extend SMART’s reach to every individual and family who needs our help.

The need for SMART Recovery has never been greater as the COVID pandemic has made an already daunting addiction epidemic even worse. Our community will meet these challenges more quickly and more effectively with this infusion of new leadership.
Become a SMART Recovery Volunteer
Download the FREE E-Book
Are you interested in helping others overcome addictive substances and/or behaviors? Did SMART Recovery help you change your life, and now you want to give others the same opportunity? Consider being trained in the SMART Recovery program!

Being a SMART facilitator is an important and rewarding volunteer position. By becoming a SMART facilitator, you support:
  • Providing free face-to-face and online mutual-support meetings
  • Providing forums for learning about and discussing addictive behaviors
  • Advocating for choice in help for recovery from addictive behaviors
Download this e-book to learn about SMART Recovery and if volunteering with our organization would be a good fit for you.
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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, eating disorders, shopping, and internet use.
Each week, participants discuss recovery progress, challenges, and SMART tools at more than 3,000 weekly local meetings, daily online meetings, and 24/7 online message boards. 

Participants use SMART to take ownership of their recovery and become empowered through its 4-Point Program®: 
  1. Building motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  4. Living a balanced life
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