SMART Recovery® Special Event Podcasts (addiction)
Webinar Dr. Nicole Kosanke on How Family & Friends can Help Fuel Recovery

Dr. Nicole Kosanke focuses on the issues faced by those whose partners or other adult loved ones who may be having trouble with addiction -- what they can do to help themselves while encouraging loved ones to seek help. The discussion will be open, friendly and informal, and packed with information, reassurance, and exciting new ways to think about our interactions with those we love in order to be truly helpful. The CRAFT approach emphasizes kindness and compassion rather than coercion, tough love or aggressive confrontation. It is an approach that is refreshing, hopeful and proven by science. 

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Family Services at the Center for Motivation and Change, where she specializes in working with family members of people abusing substances and in the assessment process for families and individuals with substance abuse issues. Dr. Kosanke has been working in the research and clinical practice of substance abuse treatment for many years and recently co-authored an award-winning book called Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change that is a compassionate and science-based family guide for navigating the addiction treatment world, understanding motivation, and training in the use of CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) skills.

Check out for additional information for Partners and Parents.  And of course, join us in our Family and Friends meetings listed on the meeting schedule.  

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© 2016 SMART Recovery®.  Music created and copyright 2016 Donald Sheeley with unlimited use as is donated to SMART Recovery.
Direct download: Kosanke_How_Fam_and_Friends_Can_Help.mp3
Category:addiction -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

WEBINAR:  You are Powerful: A Message to Young People from Dr. Robert Schwebel

SMART Recovery® is pleased to present a talk with author and developer of The Seven Challenges® Program, Dr. Robert Schwebel.

We are interested in learning how to engage youth who have problems with drugs in meaningful conversations and to support them in taking power over their lives. Dr. Schwebel’s work is designed for counseling settings, and we think you’ll find his approach highly complementary with SMART in the continuum of care.

In implementing The Seven Challenges Program, many practical lessons have been learned that are helpful in thinking about how to best to serve and collaborate with youth. The conversation focuses on attitudes, strategies, and messages that engage and empower youth, and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

The Seven Challenges are:

We decided to open up and talk honestly about ourselves and about alcohol and other drugs.

  1. We looked at what we liked about alcohol and other drugs, and why we were using them.
  2. We looked at our use of alcohol or other drugs to see if it has caused harm or could cause harm.
  3. We looked at our responsibility and the responsibility of others for our problems.
  4. We thought about where we seemed to be headed, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to accomplish.
  5. We made thoughtful decisions about our lives and about our use of alcohol and other drugs.
  6. We followed through on our decisions about our lives and drug use. If we saw problems, we went back to earlier challenges and mastered them.

The Seven Challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counselors using The Seven Challenges Program teach youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them. In sessions, as youth discuss the issues that matter most, counselors seamlessly integrate the Challenges as part of the conversation. 

The Seven Challenges is listed as an evidence-based program in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. 

Robert Schwebel, Ph.D., a psychologist specializing in couples and family issues and in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, provides lectures and training sessions to professional and community audiences around the country and abroad. Please see his website: Dr. Schwebel has developed and directed prevention and counseling programs for schools as well as public and private agencies. He has published numerous articles and is the author of several books including Saying No Is Not Enough: Helping Your Kids Make Wise Decisions About Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs; Keep Your Kids Tobacco-Free; and Who's on Top, Who's on Bottom: How Couples Can Learn to Share Power. In addition, Dr. Schwebel has appeared on The Oprah Show, The Today Show, in numerous CNN interviews, and The CBS Early Show, and currently writes for and Pro Talk at Robert lives with his family in Tucson, Arizona. 

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© 2016 SMART Recovery®.  Music created and copyright 2016 Donald Sheeley with unlimited use as is donated to SMART Recovery.
Direct download: Dr_Robt_Schwegel_and_Seven_Challenges_April_2016__.mp3
Category:addiction -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

SMART Directions, a Q & A Session

SMART Recovery finds itself facing the exciting challenge of a phenomenal increase in awareness, acceptance and demand for SMART meetings.  SMART’s meetings are based around a standardized format for open discussion and group interaction, guided by a trained facilitator, and based on CBT, motivational interviewing skills, and exploration and examples of SMART Tools. In order to be a SMART facilitator, one must complete significant training through SMART’s Get SMART FAST -- Facilitator and Support Team Training program. The training is phenomenal and in-depth BUT demand is outpacing our ability to get new facilitators established as quickly as is needed.

SMART recently announced a brand-new option, Hosted meetings. Hosted meetings allow SMART to establish face-to-face meetings much more quickly and easily. Hosts are provided a minimal amount of training, but operate under the mentorship of a trained facilitator. Hosted meetings are conducted following a carefully crafted meeting script and enforce three basic rules: no lengthy statements, no advice, no off-topic discussions:

Dr. Horvath also spends some time discussing the upcoming holidays -- tips, thoughts and some words to take into the New Year.

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© 2015 SMART Recovery®.   Music created and copyright 2015 Donald Sheeley with unlimited use as is donated to SMART Recovery.
Direct download: SMART_Directions_December_2015.mp3
Category:addiction -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT