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This is a lesson for any harmful behavior – drugs, gambling, eating disorders, smoking, self-harm -- substance-related or not. Bring your questions! We think you’ll find, as one book reviewer noted, that: “Michael Edelstein cuts through the psychological jargon and makes clear how all of us can effect powerful changes in our psyches, in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones.”

Dr. Michael R. Edelstein is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years’ experience and has a private practice in San Francisco, offering in-person as well as telephone/Skype sessions. He is famous as the author of Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, with David Ramsay Steele, a self-help book for overcoming common emotional and behavioral problems. Most recently, he published Stage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America's #1 Fear, with Mick Berry, Therapy Breakthrough: Why Some Psychotherapies Work Better Than Others, with Richard Kujoth and David Ramsay Steele, and Rational Drinking: How to Live Happily With or Without Alcohol, with Will Ross. He is a long-standing SMART Recovery Volunteer.

Dr. Edelstein is a Training Supervisor and Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute. He holds a diplomate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy from, and is on the Board of Advisors of, the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. He is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. In addition, Dr. Edelstein lectures nationally and internationally, has appeared on television as well as over 300 radio shows, trains professionals, and has published in psychological journals. Dr. Edelstein’s website, www.ThreeMinuteTherapy.com, has rich resources and includes links to some of his past presentations. We are thrilled that he has so generously offered his time to join us.

This free webinar is made available by the generous sponsorship of the St. Gregory Retreat Center of Des Moines, Iowa.

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© 2014 SMART Recovery®.   Music composed, performed, and copyright 2014 Donald  Sheeley with unlimited use as is donated to SMART Recovery.

Alcohol, drug abuse or other maladaptive behaviors can result in a loss of intimacy and intimacy skills, as well as a profound lack of connectedness with others.

Improving our intimacy can include becoming more comfortable with our own personal identity, the ability to achieve an open closeness with others, the abiity to communicate in both directions, both speaking and listening, and the ability to commit and stay committed to valuable relationships. These elements can be practiced and improved by each of us, and this can take some courage and work.

Among many achievements, Mr. Garcia has an extensive and diversified background in the field of human behavior. He holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from New York University. His post graduate work was conducted at the Institute for Advanced Study in Rational Emotive Therapy, where Mr. Garcia worked extensively with Dr. Albert Ellis. He became a Fellow of the Institute and was appointed Co-Director of Clinical Training.  Mr. Garcia developed and appeared in a five hour TV presentation for PBS entitled Developing Emotional Muscle. He currently resides in Atlanta and teaches at Emory University's Life Long Learning Institute.  He has hosted several Special Event Webinars for SMART Recovery® Online.  

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Direct download: 2013NOV_ED_GARCIA_-_INTIMACY_-_.mp3
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a so-called third-generation branch of CBT which teaches new ways of looking at our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Instead of fighting and demanding that troublesome thoughts and feelings go away, ACT emphasizes accepting the existence of those thoughts and feelings, and going ahead and living life fruitfully nonetheless. ACT teaches us to create a distance, at will, between our "reactive self" who might tumble around in thoughts and emotions, and our "executive self" who can take a step back and decide to go ahead with the best plan anyway.

Accomplishing this involves Active Self-Awareness, or "mindfulness", Acceptance, Cognitive Defusion, Knowledge of our Values, and Committed Action. These are skills we can learn to improve our lives and use more of our energy toward our goals, and in line with our life values.

Adding ACT skills to REBT and SMART Tools, we can move toward a rewarding life with long-term satisfaction. Dr Robb emphasizes the importance of moving toward a positive goal, rather than just moving away from maladaptive behavior. This is enormously helpful for healthy living and sustained recovery.

As Dr Robb mentions in his talk, you may also consider ACT to be Acceptance and Commitment "Training" to improve your skills. Psychological Flexibility is one of the hallmarks of ACT.

Dr. Hank Robb has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, is a Supervisor for the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York, is Board Certified in both Counseling Psychology and Behavioral Psychology, is Certified in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use, and is one of the Founding Members of the Board of SMART Recovery®.

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Direct download: Dr_Hank_Robb_ACT_and_SMART_Recovery___.mp3
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Dr. Robert Meyers presents CRAFT, Community Reinforcement and Family Training, which he developed and has used to help individuals and families for decades. He is an internationally known expert in how concerned individuals can take care of themselves as well as positively influence a loved one to think and react more clearly regarding alcohol or drug use. Dr. Meyers' CRAFT program has a proven high rate of success in getting loved ones into treatment, and this success has been reproduced in studies here and abroad.

In this episode, the SMART Family and Friends program is also highlighted. Family and Friends is the SMART community designed to support CSO's (concerned loved ones), and includes online meetings at SMARTRECOVERY.ORG, support on SMART message boards and blogs, and local meetings in certain areas.

Join us today while we learn about SMART Family and Friends, and listen to Dr. Bob Meyers with over three decades of experience helping concerned significant others.

Dr. Meyers is the co-author of Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening and a creator of the CRAFT approach to family treatment. Note: References to “GYLOS” refer to the book Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers, Ph. D. and Brenda L. Wolfe, Ph.D.

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Life is a never ending series of events. The manner in which we perceive and react to them, determines whether we experience life merely as a series of events or as adventures.

The adventure is not only in the events we encounter but rather it is within the manner that they are perceived.

One challenge in recovery is to perceive our world as acceptable, and hopefully exciting. We have the power to change how we look at our life events to end up more satisfied and fulfilled.

This interactive series will serve as a catalyst in providing opportunities for all of us to experience adventurous living through the use of REBT concepts.

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© 2013 SMART Recovery®.   Music composed, performed, and copyright 2013 Donald Sheeley, unlimited use as is donated to SMART Recovery.

Direct download: Life_As_An_Adventure_-_Part_1_-_Ed_Garcia___.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47 PM

The SMART Recovery approach to addiction recovery is based on SELF-Management. Effective management includes measuring progress. What better way to assess your personal progress with the SMART tools than to use the newest addition to the SMART Recovery toolbox, the Activities Self-Assessment Checklist.

SMART Recovery hosted this webinar featuring Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. and Julie Myers, Psy.D. on May 10, 2013. They discussed how checklists, such as the SMART Recovery Activities Self-Assessment (SRAS), can be used by participants, facilitators, and professionals to help guide and assess the recovery process. Dr. Meichenbaum, one of the founders of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), shared with the audience his extensive knowledge and experience with such checklists in both self-help and therapy settings.

The Activities Self-Assessment Checklist, designed by Dr. Myers and Dr. Meichenbaum, specifically for use by members of SMART Recovery, is a practical and effective tool for navigating through the addiction recovery change process. Two versions of the recently updated checklist (one for participants and one for professionals) are available on the SMART Recovery website.

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Welcome to the latest podcast from SMART Recovery. What is “unconditional acceptance” of self, others, and life? How can I “accept” unpleasant people and situations that I strongly dislike? Why should I, and is that even possible? What is the role of “unconditional acceptance” in addiction recovery?

Unconditional Acceptance of Self (USA), others, and life, is a core principle taught by SMART Recovery and is based on Dr. Albert Ellis’s Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). In Dr. Ellis’s words:

“Emotionally healthy human beings develop an acceptance of reality, even when reality is highly unfortunate and unpleasant. REBT therapists strive to help their clients develop three types of acceptance: (1) unconditional self-acceptance; (2) unconditional other-acceptance; and (3) unconditional life-acceptance.” ~ REBT Network

People often measure “worth,” by looking at accomplishments or mistakes. REBT suggests these are artificial, false, and potentially harmful constructs. In the words of Vince Fox:

“Your worth is intrinsic to you as a human being distinguished from all other forms of life. You can neither increase nor diminish your worth. Among humans, you are not just special-you are unique. Please don’t concern yourself about self-esteem and self-love. Those ideas involve rating, measuring (comparing to others), and judging. Just accept yourself for what you are, a diamond in the rough. (But polish it once in a while.”)

Tom Horvath, Ph.D., a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP), has been President of SMART Recovery® for over a decade. He is the founder and president of Practical Recovery, a self-empowering addiction treatment system in San Diego. He is past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society on Addiction Psychology (Division 50), the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists. He is the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions (listed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as a “Self-Help Book of Merit”).

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Direct download: Tom_Horvath_-_Embracing_Reality_-_3-16-13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47 AM

Welcome to the latest podcast from SMART Recovery. What happens inside drug and alcohol rehab centers and how rehab works has been a mystery to those outside the industry – and sometimes even to those inside it. In this webinar, award-winning author Anne Fletcher explores the gap in addiction treatment between “best practice” and reality, as well as offering solutions for those contemplating rehab.

Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D. is a nationally known health and medical writer, speaker, and consultant on the topics of weight management and lifestyle change, as well as treatment and recovery from addiction. She spent nearly five years writing her latest book, Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth about Addiction Treatment – And How to Get Help That Works, which will be published by Viking in February of 2013. In advance of publication, Inside Rehab has received high acclaim from numerous experts in the field, as well as several starred reviews.

As a registered dietitian with a B.S. degree from Cornell University and an M.S. from Drexel University, Anne has counseled hundreds of people with weight problems. She is a founding member of her county drug court in Minnesota and helped develop its treatment program, remaining on its steering committee. She serves on the advisory board for a high school for adolescents with substance use disorders and also serves on the editorial board for BASIS (Brief Addiction Science Information Source) of Harvard University’s Division on Addictions.

Known for her ability to weave together her inspiring findings from real-life success stories with state-of-the-art information about health issues, Anne is the author of seven other books (Houghton/Harcourt), including the award-winning national bestsellers, Thin For Life: 10 Keys to Success From People Who Have Lost Weight & Kept It Off and the New York Times bestseller, Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems - Advice From Those Who Have Succeeded.

To visit Anne's website and to find out more about her latest book, visit annemfletcher.com.

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Direct download: Anne_Fletcher_-_Inside_Rehab_-_2-22-13.mp3
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Welcome to the latest podcast from SMART Recovery. A key component to maintaining motivation and sustaining addiction recovery is covered by the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program’s 4th point: Living a Balanced Life. Dr. Bill Knaus backs up this point with a live presentation from December 29, 2012: “Thirteen Tips to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever”.

Bill is famous for his work in helping people overcome procrastination. He originated the self-help movement in procrastination and has three bestselling books in this area. He has worked with thousands of people who were plagued by procrastination. An original director of post-graduate training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Bill directly helped train over 1000 professional counselors and psychotherapists.

In addition, Bill originated rational emotive education, an evidence-based positive mental health program for kids and teens. He donated this outstanding program to the public. He is known by many in SMART Recovery as the author of The SMART Recovery Primer, a manual that helped launch SMART. This former professor has authored more than 20 books.

To read his 13 Tips for 2013, and to participate in a discussion, login to SMART's online forum and visit the messageboard.

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Direct download: Bill_Knaus_-_13_Tips_for_2013_-_12-29-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33 PM

Richard Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, introduces the 2012 SMART Recovery Conference.

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