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August 2020
Inside This Issue 
Tips & Tools for Recovery That Works!
Unconditional Life Acceptance
In this episode of the Unconditional Acceptance series, we learn that while we may not have the ability to change our life circumstances immediately, we have the power to change the negative ways we think about them, learn what we can and cannot reasonably control, and how to work toward acceptance.

From Ruined Opportunities to SMART Recovery: 
A Veteran’s Survival Story
In the United States Army, he was an E-4 Specialist with the 42 INF Div., serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As a private person, Michael Hooper was a man struggling with alcohol abuse and depression. He didn’t know where to get help until he called the Veterans Crisis Hotline. From there Michael was introduced to SMART Recovery through the VA Hospital. He knew from the first meeting it was “going to be a life changer,” but it wasn’t until a four-month intensive, inpatient program that Michael realized how valuable the SMART Recovery program was for his survival. 

The program was effective for Michael because there was a direct sense of purpose and self-empowerment, which resonated with his military training. After completing the facilitator training, he felt compelled to pay it forward and started facilitating his own meetings to share SMART with more people in his Hackensack, New Jersey, community.

Now, in his new role as the State Outreach Director Ohio, Michael will bring his authenticity, passion, and lived experiences to new audiences that might otherwise never hear of SMART. He says, “having grown up in a minority neighborhood, the need for non-profit services in these communities is great. The individuals suffering in these communities deserve the same opportunities as everyone else.” He hopes to get more communities involved with meetings and available resources. Michael will also continue to expand outreach within the VAs, schools, and prison systems in Ohio. This is a “boots on the ground position,” he says, that will take him where he is needed because “outreach is here to help save lives.”
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Guest Blog
Online Resources Can Aid in the Recovery Process
Due to the global pandemic, services and care centers have become less accessible to individuals recovering from substance and behavioral addiction. Rehabilitation centers have limited the number of admissions and some clinics have even shut down to prevent the spread of the virus. This has caused significant disruption to the daily routines of those recovering from addiction; many families may be unsure of how to support their loved ones. Some medical professionals and institutions have adopted telemedicine as a treatment method during these times, which can help mitigate consequences such as relapses and overdoses. Despite limitations, online and remote resources such as virtual meetings can help provide some much: needed support to affected communities.

Continue reading as Reese Jones, guest contributor, shares how other online resources can aid in recovery.  

                      CheckUp & Choices
Diversity and Inclusion
Safe Space Training
The SMART Recovery national office team is proud to have completed the Safe Space training program facilitated by Betty Jacobs, Executive Director of the LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County organization.

This in-depth discussion is designed to promote a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. The training gives attendees the opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender, and sexuality and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege.

Learn more about Safe Space Training
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 5th Annual 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), which 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. 
25 in 25 Volunteer Spotlight
Shelly Parr
To find an avenue for overcoming alcohol misuse, Shelly Parr recalls she “Googled ‘nonreligious alcohol help’ and SMART was the first thing that popped up — thank goodness.”

That was more than six years ago. Since then, Shelly has embraced the power of choice afforded her by SMART Recovery. “I got my old life back and a whole lot of new life,” she enthuses.

Read more about Shelly's journey with SMART Recovery.    

Find the full list of 25 in 25 volunteers here
National Recognition
GuideStar Rating
SMART Recovery is honored to receive the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.  This is the gold standard for non-profit reporting.  In 2019, Foundation Center and GuideStar merged to form Candid.  Candid's mission is to "get you the information you need to do good." 

"Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid's data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world."
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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