Subject: News & Views - October 2020

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October 2020
Inside This Issue 
Courts & Corrections Month
The InsideOut® Video Premier
In 2002, with a $1 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, SMART Recovery introduced the InsideOut program. These are meetings adapted specially for people in correctional facilities. Today, InsideOut meetings are being held worldwide.

Click here to learn more about the SMART Courts & Corrections programs
The Search is Over Podcast
Peter Finger is a SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is also an advocate for the drug courts in his state. 

In this podcast, Peter talks about:
The Luck of the Draw Led to SMART Recovery Podcast
Kevin Minnick is the SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator for Indiana. He is also a probation officer for Hancock County. 

In this podcast, Kevin talks about:
  • How being a professional golfer paid for his master’s degree in counseling 
  • Seeing an ad for SMART Recovery in an underground newspaper in the 1990s  
  • How working in the chemical dependency unit was luck of the draw 
  • Recognizing that many aspects of recovery were not being addressed in 12-step treatment programs 
  • Challenging his supervisor that multiple options for recovery needed to be offered 
  • Taking a client centered-approach to the person’s recovery 
  • Being a clinical coordinator in the drug court  
  • How SMART Recovery’s program shows results 
  • Incorporating the Successful Life Skills book into meetings 
  • Why to become a SMART Recovery facilitator
Tips & Tools for Recovery That Works!
Role Playing
Role playing is a great way to prepare and practice overcoming urges in circumstances that may be problematic (dates, weddings, etc.). This tool can help one envision future urge scenarios, and then play them out with a friend, in advance, to rehearse the urge situation and create the most desirable non-relapse outcome.

Watch this video on our YouTube channel
SMART Recovery is Growing
Meet the Newest Board Members
The SMART Recovery USA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new members. In their ongoing effort to grow and diversify, this brings the total to seventeen members.
  • Bobbe Baggio, PhD
  • DeSean Duncan, BA, CPRS, LADC
  • Barry Grant
  • Dan Hostetler
  • David Koss, JD
  • Ron Lott
  • Ana Troncoso
Board President Bill Greer says, "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."

Meet the National Office Team
SMART Recovery cares for our volunteers. In fact, many of your names are well known to the National Office staff. We assist with registrations and trainings; we answer your phone calls and emails; we update your meetings and Zoom licenses; we moderate blog comments, answer questions, and do everything we can to assist you.

But do you know who we are?

In the past two years, not only has SMART Recovery transitioned to a new executive director, but we’ve also grown our National Office team to 12 employees and six contractors. 

  • Mark Ruth - Executive Director
  • Christi Alicea - Assistant Executive Director
  • Lise Day - Grants Administrator*
  • Joanne Wyant - Bookkeeper
  • Leah McSween - Office Assistant
  • Ali Adinaro - Marketing & Fundraising Event Manager
  • Luke Frazier - Communications Consultant*
  • Anna Marie Murphy - Marketing Consultant*
  • Ted Perkins - Video Consultant*
  • Jodi Dayton - Office Resource Coordinator
  • Karin Ostroske - Executive Assistant
  • Moly Princic - Office Assistant
  • Michael Hooper - State Outreach Director Ohio
  • Jim Braastad - Training Manager
  • Rae Grady - Local Onsite Trainer*
  • Lorrie Hammerstrom - Onsite Trainer*
  • Katie Mackey - Training Coordinator
Volunteer Support
Melina Gilbert - Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

*denotes contracted person
New SMART Recovery Online Meeting
 Veterans & First Responders SROL Meeting
SMART Recovery is happy to announce the newest SMART Recovery Online (SROL) weekly meeting for Veterans and First Responders is starting Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (EST).

To find the meeting, go to 
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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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. 

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
For more information, please visit

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