Subject: News & Views - July 2020

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July 2020
Inside This Issue 
VolunteerHQ Update
Phase One of VHQ is LIVE!
We are excited to announce the launch of phase one of VolunteerHQ (VHQ), SMART Recovery’s volunteer portal. 

All current volunteers were activated in our new SMART Information System (SIS) and should have received an email from WordPress with a username and password. These credentials will enable login for VolunteerHQ and access to our new Volunteer Registration Forms to register a new meeting or make changes to an existing meeting.

Remember to bookmark the new link
The tab is also at the top of the SMART Recovery homepage

Additional phases will roll-out in the coming months. 
Tips & Tools for Recovery That Works!
The DISARM Method
In this video we define DISARM, share its history, show how to objectify urges, and what to do when they happen. Check out the SMART Toolbox for additional resources.
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. 
SMART Facilitator Spotlight
 Mandy De Wolf Spotlight Video
Mandy De Wolf learned about SMART Recovery after reading Sober for Good, and it changed her life. She completed the Get SMART Fast Training Program and now facilitates several online and face-to-face meetings. Watch as Mandy shares how she benefits from being a facilitator and why she's proud to be part of the SMART community.

View the full video on our YouTube Channel

Read about becoming a SMART volunteer
SMART Recovery In The News
A Video Summary of SMART's 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.  
Changing the Game for Lake County's LGBTQ Community 
Growing up, Betty Jacobs knew her family and the community would not be open and accepting of her sexual orientation, so she hid her true identity. She followed the “normal” route and got married and had children because being a mom was something she always wanted. But there was more to Betty that people needed to know and she was finally ready to tell. 

Betty has used her story as motivation to change the game for the LGBTQ community in Lake County, Ohio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Youngtown State University, and taking the experience she received from her internship at the LGBT Community Center Greater Cleveland, she founded LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County.

In just a year, the non-profit organization has grown and accomplished a great deal. Betty offers Safe Space training to teach businesses and organizations to be welcoming to the LGBTQ community. The SMART Recovery National Office Team will be taking this training in August.

With the climate in the country forcing people to look at things differently, Betty says “it’s easier to have the hard conversations lately.” This is about mutual respect and breaking down barriers. No one wants to live in fear. Betty and the LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County organization are working to end fear and create allies in the community where everyone is welcome.
You can find this podcast interview on: 
25 in 25 Volunteer Spotlight
David Weidman
David Weidman is fond of a quote by past SMART Recovery president Dr. Tom Horvath: “There are as many paths to recovery as there are people trying to recover.”

For Weidman, a nontheist who wanted to conquer his OxyContin addiction on his own terms, the path to recovery led directly to SMART.

Read more about David's path to volunteering with SMART Recovery.    

Find the full list of 25 in 25 volunteers here
COVID Symptom Study
Participants Needed
The COVID Symptom Study was created by doctors and scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, King's College London, and Stanford University School of Medicine, working with health science company - ZOE.

They are looking for participants to log their health and any new potential symptoms of COVID-19 daily. With more than four million users, this represents the largest study of its kind in the world.  The data collected is giving new insights into this virus and its course. 
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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