Subject: News & Views - February 2021

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February 2021
Inside This Issue:
Recovery Story
Edward Howard's Life Beyond Addiction
Edward Howard’s road to recovery includes a long history of substance abuse, a prison sentence, multiple incarcerations, homeless shelters, and food pantries. But he never gave up on himself.

In 2017, Edward walked into a family recovery center in the west side of Chicago where he was introduced to SMART Recovery. The SMART program and its tools have shaped a better understanding of his thinking, beliefs, and behaviors.

Edward Howard has been living a Life Beyond Addiction now for four years.

Watch his incredible recovery story in this video.
Free NAADAC Webinar
RACEing Through Revolving Doors
We are pleased to share with our community the details of this free webinar offered by The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC).

Mass incarceration and high recidivism rates are critical issues in the United States. Even more critical are the racial disparities found within these rates. Much of the recidivism is caused by mental health disorders such as trauma, depression, and addiction. Counselors and counselor educators must determine their role in battling this crisis. In this session, NAADAC will explore some of the disorders that fuel recidivism and what they as treatment and other health care professionals must do to combat it.
  • Wednesday, March 10th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Presented by Anthony Andrews, PhD, LCMHC, LCAS, CRC
  • Free to attend, CE credit available 
Tips & Tools for Recovery That Works!
Goal Setting
This month’s Tips & Tools episode focuses on the concepts of defining values and setting goals. Once you define your core values, the next step will be to set goals that are in tune with those values. Learn more in this month’s video.
Rebuilding the Trust Bank
Dr. Henry Steinberger, of Madison, Wisconsin, is a long-time, trusted advisor and facilitator for SMART. His extensive educational credentials and background have been invaluable in shaping SMART Recovery into the organization it is today.

In this podcast, Henry talks about:
  • Working with Dr. Albert Ellis
  • The psychology of understanding why people “are so messed up”
  • Contributing to the SMART Recovery Handbook
  • The seven therapeutic lifestyle changes
  • The Japanese concept of Shinrin-Yoku (translated as Forest bathing)
  • Rebuilding the trust bank
  • His definition of Life Beyond Addiction
  • Being present is part of being in love, romance, and intimacy
  • And much more!
Putting the Past Behind You
Coping Statements for Dealing with Yesterday
Having a hard time coping with your past?  Try reading these affirmations daily to put things in a new and different perspective.  

"What I tell myself today is much more important than what others have told me in the past."

"Poor decisions made in the past do not have to be repeated in the present."

These and other coping statements can be found in the SMART Recovery Toolbox.  
Attending Your First SMART Meeting
What to Know and Expect
If you're new to SMART or have yet to attend a meeting, it would be helpful to get a better understanding of what to expect as a meeting participant.

This article will give you:
American Humanist Association Seminar 
SMART Recovery Board President Speaks About the 
Secular Alliance to End the Addiction Epidemic
SMART Recovery Board President Bill Greer was honored to speak at the American Humanism Association, Speaking of Humanism seminar in January.  

Bill highlighted the reality of online recovery and introduced SMART’s new strategic plan.

AHA has been a long-time and important ally of SMART in the secular pathway to recovery for those battling substance use disorders and patterns of negative behaviors.
Become a SMART Recovery Volunteer
FREE E-Book Chapter Download
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 important and rewarding. By volunteering as 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 addiction recovery
Download this e-book chapter to learn about SMART Recovery and if volunteering with our organization would be a good fit for you.
Subscribe to the SMART Recovery 
YouTube Channel
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AmazonSmile and ShopRaise
When you shop with AmazonSmile, and select SMART Recovery as your charity, Amazon will donate a portion or your eligible purchases to SMART. 

SMART is using the ShopRaise app, which gives a portion of sales to SMART when you shop online at over 1,000 stores like Macy’s, Home Depot, and Walmart.

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, 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. 

With SMART, participants take ownership of their recovery and become empowered through the 4-Point Program®: 
  1. Building motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  4. Living a balanced life
For more information, visit

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