Subject: News & Views - June 2020

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June 2020
Inside This Issue 
Tips & Tools for Recovery That Works!
Let's Talk About Urges
In this video we define urges, identify misconceptions about urges, and offer tools for coping with urges. Check out the SMART Toolbox for additional resources.
SMART Recovery East Coast Conference
What Sets SMART Apart!
Join the Delaware/District of Columbia/Maryland Region of SMART Recovery for the 5th Annual SMART Recovery East Coast Conference: What Sets SMART Apart! on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

The morning keynote speaker will be Dr. Christopher C. Wagner, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  His scholarship focuses on motivational interviewing and interpersonal processes in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. Professor Wagner is the lead author of the highly regarded text Motivational Interviewing in Groups.

The afternoon keynote speaker will be Dr. Carrie Wilkens, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Motivation and Change, one of the country’s best-known modern treatment providers, with campuses in New York, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.  Dr. Wilkens is co-author of Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change.

Treatment professionals will earn six continuing education credits and receive a complimentary copy of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy.

To reserve your seat, register now

Family & Friends Guest Blog
Developing Patience: A Critical Skill for Addiction Recovery
One of the lessons of the past few months in dealing with COVID-19 has been the value of developing patience. In our Family & Friends meetings here at SMART, we often stress the importance of patience. Why? Because we recognize that it takes time for change to happen.

Research shows us that the stages of change are not linear. We make change in a seesaw manner. Any kind of change is hard. We think about it, change our mind, wrestle with ambivalence. Even after the commitment is firm, we most often act in a seesaw fashion as well. One day we’re successful and then we falter. We eat that hot fudge sundae after an entire week of strict dieting. Old habits die hard. It requires patience with ourselves and the nature of change.

Continue reading why patience is important in recovery in this article by Kathy Lang, a SMART Family & Friends Facilitator.  

                     The SMART Family & Friends Handbook

SMART Facilitator Spotlight
 Dennis Rosenfeld Spotlight Video
When Dennis Rosenfeld of LaGrangeville, New York, realized he needed help, he found it through SMART Recovery. SMART worked so well for Dennis that he decided to give back. He became an online volunteer in 2017. Dennis now facilitates four meetings a week and has been a member of the SMART Recovery Online (SROL) Leadership Team since 2018. He says SMART meetings offer “security, support, and safety”.

View the full video on our YouTube channel

Read more about becoming a SMART Volunteer
New Video Premiere 
An Introduction to the Family & Friends Program
Like the SMART Recovery program for individuals, the Family & Friends program provides science-based tools for self-empowered solutions. This introduction video shows why peer support is just as important for you as it is for your loved one in recovery. It also encourages taking the next step of attending a meeting where everyone is welcome. 
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 hope the news coverage that has been generated reaches more people who need those meetings.  

Build the Kind of Life You Don’t Want to Relapse From
Charles True has been building the kind of life he doesn’t want to relapse from for many years. His project work has taken him around the world including China, Russia, and the United Kingdom. One of his most impactful projects is the InsideOut® program. InsideOut is a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for substance abuse treatment (offender rehab) in correctional settings and is based around the 4-Point Program® of SMART Recovery.

Charles partnered with Ron Lott and together they facilitate the InsideOut program in the Houston, Texas, prisons. They have also co-authored the book Successful Life Skills, which they say is the epitome of what the recovery movement represents. Charles and Ron are adapting the book to reach a broader audience beyond those struggling with addiction. Charles said people have been asking for a new version of the book and he and Ron are making it happen.

Charles lives by the motto, “turn your life into a project, always have a purpose, and wake up grateful.” The SMART community is very grateful for the work he and Ron are doing. 
You can find this podcast interview on: 
25 in 25 Volunteer Spotlight
Charles Novak
Charles Novak, MS, MLADC, learned about rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) while in prison. The approach to overcoming addiction made sense to him, but when his five-year sentence ended, Novak discovered there wasn’t a similar treatment readily available. “There only seemed to be 12-step programs,” he recalls. While studying to be an addictions counselor, he learned more about SMART Recovery. And it really clicked.

Read more about how Charles shares the SMART message with those in his community.  

Find the full list of 25 in 25 volunteers here
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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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