Subject: News & Views - September 2020

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September 2020
Inside This Issue 
Recovery Month
Community Update Video & Podcast
The SMART Community had the opportunity to hear from Board President Bill Greer and Executive Director Mark Ruth as they shared their perspectives on what the SMART community has accomplished in 2020 and where we are headed in 2021.

Support SMART’s Recovery Month Fundraising efforts

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Tips & Tools for Recovery That Works!
Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the achievements made by those living in recovery. The journey to recovery is not easy, but it is worth it, and SMART Recovery is proud to be a part of it.

Help us celebrate National Recovery Month by supporting SMART Recovery in our mission to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to live life beyond addiction!

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Family & Friends Guest Blog
When to Quit: For Family & Friends
In the online Family & Friends meetings that I facilitate, one of the more difficult issues that sometimes arises is the decision whether to end a relationship with a family member struggling with addictive behavior. Faced with the frustration, exhaustion, and negative emotions that have developed, many people reach a place of hopelessness before coming to a meeting.

New participants are encouraged to learn that our approach, which uses evidence-based methods, is very different than what they are familiar with. Generally they have heard the wider cultural norm of “kick them to the curb” and “let them hit rock bottom.” When participants hear the experiences of others practicing the SMART tools, they typically feel some relief that they may be able to do something to help themselves and resuscitate the relationship with their loved one.

Continue reading as Kathy Lang, a Family & Friends facilitator, shares the tools she uses in her meetings to help participants make this decision to end it.  

The Jay Gibson Education & Outreach Fund
An Update on How Jay's Legacy Lives On
Lisa Gibson knows firsthand that losing a loved one to addiction is devastating. Her son Jay died in February 2018 after an alcohol-related brain injury. Jay’s many friends have been a consistent source of support.

These friends rallied together in support of the cause Jay’s family choose to highlight at the celebrations of Jay’s life in Brooklyn, NY, and Denton, TX: SMART Recovery. Thanks to this outpouring of support, SMART Recovery suggested the creation of the Jay Gibson Education & Outreach Fund (Fund).

Continue reading how donations from the fund have been used to help thousand in recovery.

Contribute to the Jay Gibson Education & Outreach Fund
SMART Facilitator Spotlight
 Alexander A. Cardé Spotlight Video
Alexander Cardé wants to shout from the rooftop so that everyone would know about SMART Recovery. Instead he uses his passion and voice to facilitate face-to-face and online meetings. He encourages people to take the Get SMART Fast Training Program because he knows SMART makes an impact in people’s lives, just like it did in his.

SMART Recovery In The News
A Video Summary of SMART's Growing Media Presence
SMART Recovery is grateful to provide help to those struggling with addiction. We’re pleased to offer online meetings and we hope the coverage that has been generated reaches more people who need those meetings.
SMART Recovery East Coast Conference Update
What Sets SMART Apart! — Now a Virtual Event!
The 5th annual Delaware/District of Columbia/Maryland Region of SMART Recovery SMART Recovery East Coast Conference: What Sets SMART Apart! on Saturday, October 24, 2020, will be a live-streamed, virtual event!  Participation is accessible from any device; registration is required.    

The speakers will be Dr. Christopher C. Wagner, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and Dr. Carrie Wilkens, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Motivation and Change.

Treatment professionals will earn six continuing education credits.

The educational content of the conference has been endorsed by NAADAC and approved by the Maryland Department of Professional Counselors and Therapists (Category A), and will be honored by many other states.

By registering, you will get private access to the live stream of the conference. The link will be emailed in advance. 
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse 
and Alcoholism
Recovery From AUD: A Virtual Roundtable Discussion
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is hosting Recovery from AUD: A Virtual Roundtable on Wednesday, September 30th, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST.   

The agenda and speakers include:
  • George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA: Introductory Remarks
  • Brett Hagman, Ph.D., Program Director, NIAAA: “Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder: Development of a NIAAA Definition”
  • John Kelly, Ph.D., Recovery Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Departments of Psychiatry: “On Defining Recovery: Utility and Challenges”
  • Stephen Maisto, Ph.D., Syracuse University: “Reaction to and Reception of NIAAA’s Proposed Definition of AUD Recovery”
  • Constance Weisner, Ph.D., Kaiser Permanente: “A Health Services Approach to Studying Recovery in Health Systems”
  • Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D., University of New Mexico: “Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder Can Achieve and Sustain Non-Abstinent Recovery”
  • Jalie Tucker, Ph.D., University of Florida: “Why studying multiple pathways to AUD recovery matters: Lessons learned from natural recovery research”
  • Sarah E. Zemore, Ph.D., Alcohol Research Group (ARG): “Defining Recovery: Experiential Perspectives of those in Recovery”
  • Christine Timko, Ph.D., Stanford University: “NIAAA’s Recovery Definition and Mutual-Help Research: Joining Science and Experience”
  • Recovery Panel -- “Q and A Session with Recovery Panel”
The event is free and no registration is required.  
Award Recognition
NAADAC Organizational Achievement Award
Congratulations to Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center for receiving the 2020 NAADAC Organizational Achievement Award!

Well deserved to an organization whose philosophy of compassion, competence, and communal healing shines through in everyone they help.    
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
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