Friday, 26 May 2017

What Is The Difference Between Oxycontin And Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is often thought of as the lesser of the two evils as it is most often used in combination with other medications. This opiate is often formulated alongside Tylenol or Ibuprofen in several formulations. The number of prescription pain relievers with Oxycodone components include Tylox, Percodan, Percocet and of course, OxyContin. OxyContin, on the […]

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Am I an Alcoholic? How to Know if You Are Suffering from Alcoholism

The first step in fixing any problem is identifying it. Sometimes people just don’t recognize a problem even if it is staring them in the face. And so it’s no surprise that people who are abusing alcohol don’t even know that they are doing it. It becomes especially confusing when heavy drinking is associated with […]

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

What is Alcoholism: Everything You Need to Know

Alcohol is viewed so casually by this modern-day society that people tend to forget the huge risk that comes with drinking it regularly: alcoholism. In fact, alcoholism is so often portrayed on television, particularly in sitcoms, as a reliable source of jokes. Alcoholic characters are seen as clumsy and bumbling—and we laugh at their inability […]

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Symptoms of Alcoholism

When drinking casually with friends develops into abuse, you know you have a problem. But when abuse turns into dependence, and becomes full blown alcoholism, you’ve got a problem that requires medical assistance. It’s hard to recover from alcoholism. The fact that the drink itself is addictive is only one thing you have to be […]

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5 Things You Need To Know About SMART Recovery

Addiction  Recovery 101, with Tom Horvath, Ph.D.

“Set your own goals for your life and for your recovery.” ~ Dr. Tom Horvath

Click to watch:

The 5 Things Series contains footage of Recovery Research Institute interviews with international experts in addiction treatment and recovery.

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., is a California licensed clinical psychologist (ABPP), the founder & CEO of Practical Recovery and a long time volunteer for SMART Recovery.


 



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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

How to Control Your Alcohol Consumption-Is It Possible For Alcoholics? Spoiler ALERT- NO

Alcoholism is something many people struggle with. It’s just the harsh reality of life. People start out drinking socially, until they find themselves abusing alcohol, and then before they know it they lose control. They become alcoholics. And so this harsh reality must be faced with equally realistic solutions. There are alcohol rehabilitation centers and […]

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Dating an Alcoholic: What You Need to learn from people Who’ve Been through It

Having an alcoholic in the family is difficult. Having a friend who is an alcoholic is difficult. But dating an alcoholic is more difficult. It’s not entirely their fault: alcohol has taken control of their body and they can’t live without it. Withdrawal symptoms will keep them drinking even if they want to quit. By […]

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Navigating The Road To Recovery

How can you prevent relapse?
Henry Steinberger, Ph.D.

Relapse prevention is essential in recovery from chemical and behavioral addictions. Why? Because addiction has been found to reoccur more often when steps are not taken to cope with the cravings, urges, peer pressures, situational cues, bodily discomforts, neuro-biological changes, and other factors which pave the way for slips and relapses.

Therefore, we regard relapse as a “normal” (though distinctly undesirable) possibility on the road to recovery. When you choose to view a relapse as a mistake, grist for the mill,  a learning opportunity and a discrete single event rather than viewing it as a total failure and as evidence predictive of failures, then your chances for success increase greatly.

“The person who really thinks, learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” – John Dewey

Top 10 relapse prevention strategies

1. Learn to willingly accept your mind – The first step to preventing relapse is to understand and accept your mind. The presence of whatever your mind produces such as thoughts, beliefs, images, memories, feelings, or sensations is temporary. Even if you don’t like them, if you understand that the ideas your mind creates will change, you do not need to act on what your mind is thinking. This goes for urges and cravings. Note how they simply come and go. They may seem like a problem, but avoiding them through addictive behavior appears as the real problem in the long run. Consider learning and practicing “Mindfulness” to increase your ability to “sit with” or “ride out” urges without acting on them.

2. Get psychological and medical help when needed – When needed, seek and get psychological and medical help for psychiatric illnesses and to learn better ways of coping with life events. Treatment options for addiction  are not limited to psychotherapy or support groups. Consider the use of prescription medications like Disulfiram (Antabuse®), Naltrexone (ReVia®), Acamprosate (Campral®), etc., as a sign of positive action and never as a mark of failure or inadequacy. Take your medications as prescribed.

3. Stimulus control – Begin to understand and practice stimulus control. Change the “activating events,” cues or “triggers” which can be changed. Accept those which can’t be changed. They can cue you, but they don’t rule you.

4. PIG Awareness – Live with awareness of the PIG (Problem of Immediate Gratification). Learn about the PIG concept and of natural penalties for slips, lapses and relapses. Carry, review and update a Cost-Benefit Analysis or list of reasons for sticking to your change plan.

5. AIDs Awareness – Beware of Apparently Irrelevant Decisions (AIDs) that lead to high risk situations and using. Recovery requires living with greater awareness or mindfulness.

6. Beware of the “Abstinence Violation Effect” (the use of a small slip as an excuse for a major relapse). Carry your how-to-cope reminder instructions. Remember: “One ‘swallow’ does not make a summer, nor a relapse.”

7. Find valued directions for your life – Developing a balanced life with healthy indulgences and activities that can substitute for unhealthy and undesirable addictive behaviors is a good start. But in the long run we each need to decide what is really important to be doing and commit ourselves to acting on those values, taking us each in our own valued life directions.

8. Take better care of yourself – TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Change. Staying clean from drugs and alcohol or abstaining from unwanted behaviors is part of living a balanced life.  Ample evidence exists that you can improve your mental health through exercise, better diet and nutrition (including Omega-3 found in fish oils), getting out in nature, developing and maintaining good human relationships, engaging in recreation and vital absorbing activities, relaxation, meditation, and altruistic involvements like volunteering service in one’s community.

9. Learn and apply the SMART Recovery® Four Point Program™ and Recovery Tools – Read, study, learn and apply what you learn. If you don’t help yourself, who is going to help you? Self-help requires determination and work on your part. That’s why it’s called self-help.

10. Reward yourself – Be sure to celebrate successes and reward yourself for successful abstinence, compliance with treatment and follow up.

Dr. Steinberger, licensed psychologist since 1987, Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy since 1991, holds the Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders from the College of Professional Psychology of the APA, and uses Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in his private practice, Advanced Psychotherapy & Recovery Options.

Reference sources:  The ideas summarized as: Willing Acceptance and Mindfulness, mentioned in item 1, and finding valued life directions, mentioned in item 7, can be found in the self-help literature of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). You can learn more with a web search. The PIG and Abstinence Violation Effect were suggested and researched by the late Alan Marlatt. The extensive research supporting Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, mentioned in item 8, is summarized in an article by Roger Walsh (“Lifestyle and Mental Health” in American Psychologist, Oct. 2011). The “Cycles of Change Model”, mentioned in item 11, was adapted from Changing for Good a book by Prochaska, Norcross and DiClemente. The rest is drawn from The SMART Recovery Handbook (Henry Steinberger, editor, 2004) and the SMART Recovery website where more information on Relapse Prevention can be found.



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Monday, 15 May 2017

How long does it take to detox from opiates

Opioids belong to a group of drugs user as a treatment for moderate to severe pain. These drugs are derived from the opium poppy plant. Opioids often referred to as opiates and narcotics. Codeine, morphine, and heroin sometimes referred to as opiates. Meanwhile, the other drugs including synthetic opiates like Oxycontin are referred to as […]

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Friday, 12 May 2017

What is in Suboxone

Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone prescription used to treat opioid addiction. Also, the drug contains one part Naloxone in every four parts of Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine belongs to a group of drugs called opioid partial agonists. It works to relieve the withdrawal symptoms of opiates. Meanwhile, Naloxone is a class of drugs referred […]

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

How Opiates Work In The Brain

Opioids stick to the brain receptors, once attached they send a signal to the brain to block pain. The reaction is referred to as “opioid effect”. These drugs can slow down breathing and creates a calming and anti-depressing effect. The body cannot produce enough opioids to stop severe pain. The drug can activate brain receptors […]

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Beyond Casual Drinking: How to Know if You’re an Alcoholic

Many people enjoy having a drink with their friends, coworkers, and even relatives (do in laws count?). But rarely do they notice the fine line between casual drinking and alcoholism. There are people who suffer from alcoholism who don’t even know it. That’s because they don’t fit the alcoholic stereotype that’s often portrayed in media […]

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Alcoholism in Movies: How Hollywood Depicts the Harsh Realities of the Condition

Hollywood movies may be fictional, but the lessons behind their stories offer insights on things that happen in reality. Sometimes, these messages have an effect on the public’s perception toward important topics. Let’s take alcoholism for example. The use of alcohol is regularly portrayed in various films of all genres. Because of this, many viewers […]

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7 Safe Alternatives to Opiates for Those in Recovery

By Gordon Dickler- CAC, ICADC

Opiate painkillers are by far the most prescribed medications in the United States today. According to the recent U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, over 289 million prescriptions are written each year for analgesic pain relievers. And this is just the beginning. Recent studies show that despite making up only five percent of the world’s population, the United States now consumes about 80 percent of the world’s opioid pain medication.

The opiate epidemic is clear, especially as prescription drug addictions continue to lead users into heroin abuse and fatal overdoses. Fortunately, however, more and more people have begun to recognize the dangers associated with prescription drugs. Many, including those in recovery, are now actively looking for alternative pain relieving methods – methods that do not involve highly addictive drugs.

While opiates are undoubtedly effective at relieving pain, these drugs can also stir severe consequences when used repeatedly. A physical addiction, for example, can develop within just four weeks of prescription painkiller use. A psychological dependence to opiates, on the other hand, can develop in as little as two days. And this is just the beginning. Repeated opiate use can lead to chronic respiratory issues, depression, as well as damage to the immune system.

If you are working towards recovery, have addictive tendencies, or simply desire safer pain treatments, know that there are alternatives available that will not disrupt your balanced, substance-free life. Some of these safer options will come in the form of behavioral therapies. Some can be purchased right over-the-counter. Some may already be in your own home. Here are a few of the alternatives to opiates that Turnbridge* recommends for those who are living sober:

Natural Pain Remedies:

  • Massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care – Alternative therapies focused on the body, such as acupuncture, acupressure, and spinal manipulation, are safe and natural mechanisms for coping with pain. Not only are these methods used to ease pain, they also have been known to release dopamine-stimulating endorphins and improve body function.
  • Exercise – Exercise is always recommended, yes, but it is particularly important for those who experience chronic pain. Studies show that mild, low-impact exercise can greatly improve functionality and mobility in a person. And, exercises such as yoga have proved to relieve chronic back pain, joint pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other related conditions. If you are not likely to exercise on your own, you may consider scheduling physical therapy sessions for ongoing pain management.
  • Mindfulness and meditation – Meditation, not medication. Mindfulness (a meditational practice that focuses on self-acceptance) is an effective alternative to traditional painkilling drugs. This approach helps individuals spend less time thinking or worrying about their pain, and more time accepting the pain in efforts to reduce its intensity. Don’t believe it? A recent study of adults with chronic back pain revealed that, over the course of 26 weeks, mindfulness treatments actually resulted in great improvements in back pain and functionality. (To learn more about Mindfulness and how to apply the practice, please see this SMART Recovery blog post on the topic.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Chronic pain can bring about emotional as well as physical tolls on the mind and body. You may know this firsthand, how relentless and extreme the pain can be, how hopeless it can make you feel. This is normal, and is exactly what CBT aims to address. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective, psychological treatment alternative that alleviates the dysfunctional thoughts and attitudes so often associated with chronic pain, like depression. CBT teaches coping mechanisms for pain management by helping individuals recognize symptoms, control their perceptions of pain, put their focuses elsewhere, and develop strategies to adapt and conquer any negative feelings.

    Alternative Medications:

  • Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen – Officially recommended as a first-line treatment by the American College of Rheumatology, acetaminophen is an over-the-counter pill that is most commonly recognized in its branded form, Tylenol. Despite popular belief, this OTC medicine is truly effective in treating pain. A recent study from the Journal of the American Dental Association revealed that 325mg of acetaminophen taken with 200mg of ibuprofen actually provided better pain relief than oral opioid drugs for patients who had tooth extractions.
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) – Typically more potent than acetaminophen, NSAIDs are over-the-counter medications that relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and lower fevers. Ibuprofen and aspirin are of the most commonly recognized types of NSAIDs. While greatly effective in treating pain, use of these drugs should be taken with caution. Regular use of NSAIDs, particularly among older patients, can prevent blood clotting and increase the risk of ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, and cardiovascular issues.
  • Serotonin and Norephinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors – In other words, anti-depressants. Even if you are not struggling with a depressive disorder, anti-depressants can be taken as first-line treatments for nerve pain as well as muscular and skeletal pain.

Making a decision about pain treatment, especially for those in recovery, is undeniably difficult. Drug addiction now affects more Americans than cancer. All the while, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.

Current pharmaceutical practice is, “Prescribe an opioid, make it better.” But with over 20 million Americans struggling with addition, this mindset is no longer relevant. Striking a balance between effective pain management and drug prevention will be key to overcoming these long-standing epidemics. Alternatives to opiate drugs will be key to the health and well-being of those walking the road to recovery – especially the adolescents and young adults who are particularly susceptible to substance addiction. Together, we can start making healthier choices regarding drug use.

To attend a SMART Recovery meeting for help with an addiction to opiates or other substances or behaviors, you can find the schedule of meetings most helpful to you on our website.

*About the author: Gordon Dickler – CAC, ICADC. Gordon is the Director of Admissions at Turnbridge, a young adult drug treatment center located in New Haven, Connecticut. Here, his chief role is to help families in crisis find hope and help for their loved ones in need. As both a Turnbridge graduate and a board-certified substance abuse counselor, Gordon has an intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young men and women overcome addiction and mental health disorders. This unique perspective allows him to relate deeply to clients and families struggling with addiction, and to explain at a foundational level the many aspects of Turnbridge’s Preparative Care Program.

 


 

 

 



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Monday, 8 May 2017

What are opioids?

Contents1 Opiates Vs Opioids2 How opioids influence the brain and body?3 The Case of Drug Overdose4 Effects of Opiates in the Body4.1 Effect of Opiates in the brain5 Effect of Opiates in the   Respiratory System 5.1 Effect of Opiates in the  Digestive System 5.2 Effect of Opiates in the Nervous System  6 Effect of Opiates […]

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Getting Real with Opioid Abuse: Living a Full Life Without the Addiction

Doctors prescribed opiates as a medical management to treat moderate to severe pain. Even though opiates can effectively relieve pain it can also generate addiction. A person can quickly develop dependency even if they following a medical prescription. Withdrawal symptoms and tolerance can manifest in drug dependency. This can result in the need to take […]

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

3 Week Natural and Healthy No Alcohol Detox Diet: Remove Toxins and Boost Energy with a Body Cleansing Home Detox Plan

This plan is not focused on addicts or recovering addicts. Rather it is aimed at those looking for a healthier version of themselves. Those addicted to alcohol need to seek treatment immediately from a licensed and accredited treatment center. This post will dive into the 3 week natural detox diet. The human body is constantly […]

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Friday, 5 May 2017

Natural Detoxification -Psyllium: The Benefits of the Natural Herb and Fiber Supplement, Psyllium

Pills, drink mixes, meal plans, point systems, shakes, meal bars, and various starvation techniques have topped the lists of weight-loss strategies for generations. The healthiest of these weight loss products are natural detoxification products—natural colon cleansing supplements. Originally, colon cleansing was considered a purely surgical process; gradually into the forefront of the herbal weight loss […]

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Detoxification Herbs: Natural Body Cleansing Treatments

At Detox of South Florida we want our patients to live a healthy fulfilled life. Sometimes we want to write an article not strictly about alcohol rehab or drug addiction. Sometimes we want to write an article on living a healthier life apart from discussing addiction. So without further preamble here is out Natural Detoxing […]

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Natural Cures for Alcohol Abuse: Dietary Changes, Supplements and Vitamins are Key

Alcohol abuse can manifest itself in many variations and degree of severity. It can be the case of the person who only drinks socially, but to excess each time. It can be the person who starts drinking as soon as they wake up in order to “settle their nerves.” Or it can be the person […]

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Withdrawal Treatment for Alcoholism: Methods of Treating Alcoholism Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcoholism is a deadly disease that has claimed many lives and ruptured several happy homes. Liver disease and domestic violence are two of the most common results of alcoholism. When an alcoholic decides to quit drinking, his body must adjust to the change. This process is known as detoxification, where an alcoholic undergoes a series […]

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5 Warning Signs that Your Child is Abusing Drugs

…and some resources that can help

By Trevor McDonald

Red flags aren’t always glaring, especially when it comes to drug abuse. Are you concerned that your child is using or abusing drugs but aren’t sure what to watch out for? Guidelines such as falling grades or mood swings aren’t necessarily indicative of drug abuse, especially in teenagers when personality and performance shifts are sometimes normal. However, catching problems early is critical because it’s easier, faster and usually more affordable to address issues in earlier stages.

Here are five not-so-common signs that your child might be abusing drugs and what to do about it:

  1. They’ve shifted from introvert to extrovert (or vice versa). Seemingly permanent personality shifts might be the result of drug abuse. On the other hand, it can also simply be a signal that they’re maturing and their personality is naturally shifting. Teenagers are still developing their personality, sometimes “coming out of their shell” or “settling down” into what their organic adult personality will be. However, changes that seem permanent and sudden might be due to a chemical dependency. If drugs are part of the equation, the shifts can seem exceptionally sudden, long-lasting and forced.
  2. They’re going through their finances at a faster clip. Whether it’s an allowance or from a part-time job, if your teen is looking for more disposable income but has nothing to show for their spending, it’s time to for a reconnaissance mission. Even if it’s “their money,” parents have a right to know where their child’s funds are being spent. Helping them develop a budget can reveal discrepancies.
  3. There’s an increase in drug references on social media. Suggesting drug use/abuse on social media (or even stating it outright) doesn’t always reflect reality. It’s very common for everyone, adults included, to exaggerate or even make up lifestyles to impress people on these platforms. However, if you’ve noticed an increase in drug references on your child’s social media, it’s time for a talk. Even if drugs aren’t being abused, presenting such a lifestyle might cause problems in the future. If you’re able to see such comments, future employers and school-related leaders might be able to as well. Of course, tech savvy teens may block their parents from such posts—but that isn’t always the case.
  4. They’ve actually become more driven in school. Using legitimate drugs recreationally, such as Ritalin when they don’t have ADHD, can cause a sudden increase in school performance. The natural assumption is that kids who are abusing drugs will experience failing grades and skip class more, but that’s just one avenue. It’s also possible that your teen is abusing drugs as a means of keeping up with their peers academically. Out-of-the-ordinary study habits and grades, when positive, can encourage praise from parents. Find out the root of this turn of events to ensure it’s a natural part of maturing.
  5. They’ve become more secretive and protective of their space. Like personality shifts, this can certainly just be part of growing up. However, if your teen has turned overprotective, it’s a good idea to pay closer attention to their actions. It doesn’t always present in a negative manner either—perhaps your teen is suddenly quick to do their own laundry or tidy up their room when they know you’d otherwise do it.

These five red flags can come well before discovering your teen is abusing drugs, and it can detour tasks like choosing rehabilitation facilities or choosing treatment options after detox. Just like any health issue, catching it early is key as is taking preventative measures. Habits developed as a teen, for better or worse, can often set the stage for life as an adult, so help your teen now to choose healthy paths.

Please see our SMART Recovery resources for Teens and Young Adults and for  family members looking to cope with the addictions of their loved ones at www.smartrecovery.org.

Messageboard Discussion Groups

This is a place where young people can discuss issues related to recovery, and share ideas and strategies for things like peer pressure, dealing with urges, and managing upsets. It provides a safe environment for both peer support and guidance from experienced and trained volunteers. Sign up here.

Online Teen & Youth Meetings

SMART Recovery meetings are practical, open discussion forums where youth can ask questions, bring up topics, and learn real-world applications for SMART tools. The meetings are facilitated by experienced and compassionate volunteers, who help guide discussion, while providing a safe and welcoming environment for youth to work on recovery. You need to sign up for our Messageboard to get access to the online meetings!

You can find the meeting schedule here.

SMART Recovery Teen & Youth Handbook

Originally developed by a grant by the Community Coalition for Teens in Greenfield, Massachusetts, then expanded via a grant from Juvenile Justice in Australia, this Handbook for Teens and Youth takes the reader through the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program and tools in a captivating manner, including increased graphics and visual appeal. It’s available in our bookstore: SMART Recovery Teen & Youth Handbook.


 



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Monday, 1 May 2017

Treatment for Alcoholics: Drug, Behavioral, and Supportive Treatments for Alcoholism

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are 22,073 reported alcohol-induced deaths (not including homicides and accidents) in the United States. It is clear that alcoholism is a societal and personal problem; one that can be treated by utilizing a variety of treatment methods. Contents1 Detoxification Treatment for Alcoholics In Florida 2 […]

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Natural Treatments for Alcoholism: Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Certain herbs, self help techniques, and other alternative approaches are effective treatments for alcoholism. A growing body of research is supporting the use of natural methods to help curb the cravings for drinks and minimize withdrawal symptoms. However, these alternative options should be used in combination with other treatments such as counseling and group therapy. […]

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At Home Natural Liver Detox

The liver is the body’s main organ of purification. The liver filters waste from the blood and sorts out the good food that you have eaten from the bad. It sends the good energy to its proper destination in the body and gets stuck trying to break down and eliminate the bad. When your liver […]

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Partnership Presents at 2017 National Rx Abuse and Heroin Summit

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A Spiritual Viewpoint of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

The Spiritual part is by no means somebody’s religious standing or a New Age concept. The Spiritual aspect is the natural rhythm that all living beings, whether they want it or not, are part of. Contents1 Altering Reality through Substance Misuse2 Separating Themselves From the Community2.1 Indigenous People of Australia2.2 Relating to Others2.3 Twelve Step […]

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Getting Away from Habitual Alcoholism: Steps to Relieve You from this Disease

Overcoming alcoholism may also enhance the quality of life of the individuals you stay with and those who care about you. You reduce the chances of acquiring serious health issues related to alcohol abuse or dependence. You also decrease the chances of causing harm to yourself or other people in alcohol-related accidents. You may also […]

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Oxycodone Addiction and Pain Relief: Oxycodone – The Addictive Painkiller

Chronic pain is treated with a variety of opiates, but a growing number of patients are prescribed oxycodone for chronic pain and subsequently falling into oxycodone addiction. The drug has been proclaimed as one of the best ways to treat chronic pain, but along with the good, oxycodone can trap patients in psychological and physical […]

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Overcoming Addictions: Quit Smoking, Stop Overeating & End Addictive Relationships

Overcoming addictions, whether you can’t quit smoking or stop overeating, may be easier with these 5 tips. Even if you’re addicted to the wrong man or woman, are in an addictive relationship, or can’t stop shopping for expensive clothes – quitting may be easier than you expect. These 5 tips will work with most addictions […]

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In Midst of Opioid Epidemic, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is Families’ First Destination for Help for a Loved One’s Substance Use

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The importance of “choice” in recovery

New video from Choice in Recovery, showcasing the many options now available

Click to watch:

From Choice in Recovery’s new website:

Choice in Recovery is an organization that unites the many pathways to recovery in order to educate professionals in the field, and the public, about the existing options; empowering people to CHOOSE the recovery pathway that works for them.

What we’ve found is that many professionals do not know about the many pathways to recovery AND that Choice effectively fills this gap in knowledge.

We are now hosting events in Colorado for professionals in the field.  Educating counselors, therapists, probation officers, and students about the many pathways to recovery; empowering professionals, and those entering the field, to run a client-centered practice.

We are honored to be a part of this project and are grateful to Paul and Spencer, volunteer meeting facilitators,  who represented SMART so well in the video.

 

Irina Bogonolova, Choice’s Founder and CEO, and everyone involved have created a wonderful public service resource with this video.  We applaud their efforts and look forward to seeing their ongoing impact on the recovery community.



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Monday, 24 April 2017

Comparing Food Addiction to Drug Addiction

Food addiction and drug addiction have some similarities. Though the drug of choice is different, the outcome is similar. Loss of control and the need to bury emotions are common for those with food addiction and drug addiction. Shelly Mcguire, Spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition, explains that food addicts develop a higher tolerance […]

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Get Involved! Help Us Grow!

Training Scholarships Available

Volunteer Training Scholarships

As we are now into our third decade, more and more people are “discovering the power of choice” and are eager to benefit from SMART’s approach to overcoming addiction.

This is great news!

We currently have an incredible team of hard-working volunteers who are providing over 2,000 face-to-face meetings around the world PLUS a menu of online services including daily meetings, a 24/7 chat room, and message board forums. But as you may already know, the demand for SMART’s services continues to grow at a rapid pace.

We set aside the month of April each year to celebrate our amazing volunteers and the work they do and to encourage others to help us start even more meetings to meet the growing demand.

Here’s How You Can Help!

Volunteer: Share in the rewarding experience of volunteering by joining our dedicated team of trained volunteers. [ More Information ]

Scholarships for training are available

All SMART facilitators and online volunteers are required to become thoroughly familiar with the SMART 4-Point Program by participating in our Distance Training Program. Volunteer training scholarships are available during April to cover the cost of the training for those who need financial assistance.


Volunteer Training

 

Support the Volunteer Scholarship Program

During the month of April, you can help someone become a trained volunteer by making a gift to the Volunteer Training Scholarship Fund. Donations of any amount are helpful and welcome — and thanks to generous matching challenges this year, you can double your impact!

UPDATE:

We’ve already received a record number of new volunteer applications this month, far more than we anticipated! Your gift to the Training Scholarship Fund makes it possible for us to provide the training to ready our new volunteers to start new meetings, Thank you for your generous support!

Support Volunteer Training

Partner with us

The rewards of helping others make a difference in their lives are many and long lasting. We invite you to partner with us to grow SMART, either as a volunteer, a donor, or both. You’ll be glad you did! [ More Information ]

Together, we can make more meetings available to those wishing to make positive changes in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones.

Thank you for your support during Volunteer Month.
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Please provide these flyers (click on the image) to interested parties in your meetings.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Doctors Appeal to Treat Drug Abuse as a ‘Chronic Disease’

In the United States alone, drug abuse overdose kills tens of thousands of Americans each year. Doctors appeal to the authorities to handle the epidemic as a medical emergency. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 91 people died every day because of opioid overdose. In 2015, 52,000 died because of a […]

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Drug Addiction: What Really Happens Inside Your Body?

A sense of euphoria is achieved in people who continuously abuse drugs. When over stimulation of neurotransmitters is heightened, the person craves to experience the same effect over and over again. This resulting repetitive behavior is what eventually develops into drug addiction. Substance abuse affects the brain functions through interrupting its communication system, primarily because […]

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Living In Fear With Drug Addict? You May Need To Read This Right Now

“I’m worried that if I leave him, no one will be there to take care of him,” “I feel scared that he’ll/she’ll be abandoned by her parents and friends,” “Where will he live if I turn him away?” and “I don’t think I’ll be able to raise our children all alone”- are these statements running […]

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mindfulness: How to do it

Part two of a three part series
By Bill Abbott, MD

If you paid careful and mindful attention to Part One of this series on Mindful Awareness enough to want to try it, you might be asking, “How do I do it?”

Practice, practice, practice

Mindful Awareness among other things is a practice in the fullest definition of that word. It is an intention that needs to be acted upon repeatedly, that is not just “one and done” – all fixed. As with any other learned behavior or skill, the more you do this, the more the benefits will grow and accrue.

Repetition means near daily practice and it matters less as to the duration of each practice as it does to the frequency of them; better five minutes a day for a week, than 35 minutes on only one day.

Of course, since Mindful Awareness can be many different things as noted in Part One, there are several aspects to these practices; basic – informal versus formal practices.

Informal practice

Informal practices are many and are all based on the single premise of remembering to pay attention, albeit even briefly, to the present experience many times a day. Many people use reminders or cues over the course of the day to bring them into present awareness. For example, every time you look at your wristwatch, just pause and pay attention to what is happening right then; not what you are doing at this moment but rather being present there while you are doing it. Try it and you will know what I mean; it is quite a different experience.

Formal practice  

Formal practices are many and varied.  They are considered formal because you are setting aside a given amount of time specifically for this purpose. Most of these practices would be considered under the general term of “meditation”. Thus, it is important to emphasize that not all meditation is mindful, and further, Mindfulness Meditation is practiced in many ways, as already noted.

Mindful Awareness formal practices are most often done while sitting, but can also be done while standing, walking, or lying down. Some practices are sort of in between the formal and informal, such as my favorites, washing my hands, and driving.

But for purposes of brevity here, let’s consider the most common; sitting. Now you can go full tilt here with this by sitting in the lotus position on a specific special cushion of buckwheat husks, but no need – a chair works fine. The position is most important; that is comfortable, erect, and balanced; often described as “dignified”, if possible, with minimal or no support in the back. But most important, whatever you choose needs to be okay for being there for more than just a few minutes.

From here it gets more detailed and it’s important to keep this posting brief.  To repeat, it is not so much the length of the sitting but how often you do it. My pledge to myself is to meditate every day without any commitment to how long I do it. That works for many.

Start with breath awareness

For starters, most teachers including me, begin with breath awareness. This is focused attention to the simple sensations of the breath wherever you feel it most prominently. My spot is the nose; yours might be the chest or belly. But the point is to keep your attention to just that; each breath in each present moment. When the mind wanders, which it will do, just note it and come back to the breath. No worries here; that’s just what normal minds do.

It can go on from there, but at least that’s a start. You can  find many excellent guided practices online. I often recommend those by psychologist Tara Brach. I’ve attended her classes and here’s a link:  https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditation-basic-meditations/ There are many others, of course.

In conclusion, no matter what, this is something you can choose to try knowing. It has been helpful to many others – me included.

Next time, in Part Three, we will address the question as to “Why you might want to do it”. That will be  a review of the solid science which supports this practice for those with addiction.


 

Bill Abbott is a long time SMART volunteer. He can often be found in SMART meetings in the Boston area and in our online community.

 


 



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True Blue State: A Case of Depression

Millions of American suffers from clinical depression or major depressive disorder. Clinical depression remains as the most prevalent mental disorder in the country. Proved as a severe mood disorder it greatly affects daily normal routine such as eating, sleeping and working. However, feeling blue is different from depression. Depression varies in seriousness from mild, brief […]

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence: Brain Disease versus Drug Abuse

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Decline in Accidental Pediatric Opioid Poisoning Seen But Still a Problem

Over the past few years, experts noticed a drop in accidental or intentionally ingesting prescribed painkillers. However, even with the decrease of reported poisoning, the problem is yet to be solved, as it still poses a great threat to children. An average of 32 calls a day Recent studies published in Pediatrics on Monday stated […]

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Consequences of Prescription Drug Abuse

Ramifications Of Prescription Drug Abuse Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in the United States. More than 15 million people in the US abuse prescription drugs, more than all other drug abusers put together. Part of the reason that prescription drug abuse is so prevalent is that most people who become addicted started taking […]

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

What Kind of Medications Are Used in Detox?

According to an estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2012, more than 9% of people over the age of 12 abused drugs in the previous month, but only 2.3 million of 21.6 million people who needed treatment actually received it. For many people struggling with drug addiction, detox is the […]

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Most Famous Celebrities That Have Died From Drugs

Celebrities are notorious for “living on the edge”. Unfortunately, the pressure to live a wild and crazy lifestyle often means the end of the road for celebrities. From celebs that died from alcohol or drugs, we have lost many greatly talented people. And while many young, bright flames burn out because of drugs, just as […]

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Is It Safe To Detox At Home?

Can You Detox At Home? And Should You? Hint… The Answer is Possibly and (No)  Drugs and alcohol cause tragic consequences for people who become addicted to them. They take a toll on family relationships, promising careers, and self-esteem. Alcoholics and addicts are often to surprise to find that when they want to quit, they […]

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Mindfulness: What is it?

By Bill Abbott, MD

I’ve heard much talk lately about Mindfulness with many questions about how useful it might be, so it seems timely to write about it here.

First Mindfulness or Mindful Awareness as I like to call it, is not new, in fact, it is over 2500-years-old. It’s part of the teachings of a man in India named Siddhartha Gautama who is also known as the historical Buddha.

However, in the last century the philosophy and psychology of the Buddhist idea have been transferred here into the West to become a pragmatic secular approach to managing the many stresses of modern life – with outcomes or benefits obtained; reported by thousands of people who learned it and tried it.

Although cognitive psychology has predominated psychotherapy for all sorts of mental challenges in the past two decades, it has become increasingly apparent that Mindful Awareness is a possible different path to mental wellness in a new effective psychology. What can be said at this point is that the approach affords us the chance to self-manage emotions, including those with addiction, now not only in one way, but two. Furthermore, there are numerous scientific studies, evidence if you will, that support the idea that this approach is useful for such things as stress, anxiety, depression, and yes, for addiction.

If this has caught your attention – good. It certainly has mine, and I have found its practice for the past five years significantly transformative in my own recovery. So, you ask, what is it?

Mindful Awareness is easy to describe but more difficult to grasp and practice. However, a simple definition might be:

Mindful Awareness is paying attention to what is happening in the present experience; allowing what is here to be present without judgment. This is acceptance of the here and now.

It is hopefully experienced in a kind way, but also with the realization that most ideas and feelings are transient and temporary – passing through, moment by moment like watching a cloud pass by in the sky.

Mindful Awareness is:

1. A philosophy and psychology that leads to well-being

2. A state of mind

3, A way of life

4. A practice

It has been shown that we humans spend greater than 50% of our wakened lifetime in a mindless state, that is, living on autopilot; reliving the past or anticipating the future. Becoming more mindful allows us to participate in the rationality and reality of the present experience no matter how it is being perceived; that is, being there without being so caught up in it in such a way that it becomes difficult to manage. Thus, Mindful Awareness can be a calming antidote to the emotional burden so many with addiction carry, as complicated and varied as it is. As stated earlier, Mindful Awareness is a self-empowering strategy that is scientifically supported to help those suffering from any form of addiction.

If you are significantly and sufficiently interested, stay tuned for the next blog where we will be considering the question “How do I do this?”


Bill Abbott is a long time SMART volunteer. He can often be found in the Boston area and in our online community.


 



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Monday, 10 April 2017

How To Perform An Intervention For Drug Addicts

Nobody wants to stand by and just watch someone destroy their own life through drug addiction. Unfortunately, too many find themselves in this very scenario when they discover a loved one is dependent on a life-altering substance. Only an addict can decide when the time is right for detox treatment, but family members can help […]

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Friday, 7 April 2017

What Do I Need To Know About Detox Going In?

What You Need To Know About Detox Detoxing from a substance is something that thousands of Americans choose to do each year. It’s a brave decision to make a better way of life for yourself. Many alcoholics and addicts go into treatment not knowing quite what to expect. They may perceive treatment as something entirely […]

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

What Is It Like Going Through Ayahuasca Rehab And Detox?

Ayahuasca is a term that many people are not yet familiar with. It’s a substance used by shamans in the Amazon Basin and it is now being used by people in the modern United States to achieve a certain kind of high. If you or someone yo love suffers from this kind of addiction, it’s […]

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Can You Die From Alcohol Withdrawal-Detox?

Can Alcohol Detox Kill You? While many people are at least somewhat familiar with the dangers and difficulty of withdrawing from heroin and cocaine, the truth is alcohol detox and withdrawal can also be dangerous. Alcohol withdrawal can lead to a range of symptoms that may begin as early as two hours after the last […]

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Paying it Forward by Training New SMART Volunteers

Why we give to support SMART Recovery Training
By Julie Flood and Peter Heide,  Albany Lutheran Church, Wisconsin

Our decision to begin a SMART Recovery group meeting was based on our local demand for those who are seeking self-directed change. Facilitating SMART Recovery meetings has been a great opportunity for us to reach out to our rural communities that do not have the same substance abuse/addiction resources offered in urban areas. After one year of group consistency and success we wanted to give the group an incentive to pay forward the benefits they’ve gained through SMART. In November of 2016 the Council agreed to pay the training fee for those wanting to facilitate SMART Recovery meetings in our southern Wisconsin, under-served communities/counties.

Why SMART has been so helpful in our community: The greatest obstacles with change and self-acceptance are unwanted self-judgments, and we all have them. The mind’s ability to generate such judgments is very powerful — but not impossible  to change.

We recognize that with helpful thought patterns in place, crisis becomes less overwhelming, and it’s far easier to let go of resistance, tune in to your passions and inner resources, and move forward with a recovery and self-management plan that inhibits unhealthy thinking. It’s not realistic to expect individuals to rid themselves of all unhelpful self-judgments and be completely free from the suffering they cause….but that doesn’t mean we’re powerless.

We at Albany Lutheran Church want to be able to provide realistic resources that help individuals understand you CAN alter the quality of unhelpful self-judgments, learn from them, and either let them go or transform them so that they no longer block you from a sense of well-being, a feeling of spaciousness, and openness to new possibilities, self-love and self-acceptance. Most often, when you let go of your unwholesome self-judgments, you discover aspects of yourself that inspire and vitalize you. You start to realize that you can live more authentically and richly.

How it works: Human beings are fallible, imperfect and un-ratable. I do not believe we were ever expected to be flawless. When individuals learn to be conscious of who they are, what they feel, and what they are doing, they begin to realize that they have control. Then they can exercise their control and change their behavior.

Why we support SMART: We support the SMART Recovery program because it encourages self-acceptance for all ages. Once self-acceptance is defined and stability is gained the process of change can begin. SMART encourages alternative behaviors to solve the problems that serve to reinforce bad choices. Individuals can learn to make good choices.


About the authors:  Julie Flood has been facilitating SMART Recovery meetings since November, 2015. She serves as Council President, and Peter Heide is the pastor of Albany Lutheran Church.


April is Volunteer Month: SMART is a “volunteer organization” and our success is a direct result of the enthusiastic efforts of our trained (and passionate) volunteers who do a terrific job “delivering” self-empowering recovery support meetings around the country.

Want to see a meeting in your community?  You can start one! During Volunteer Month we have scholarships available to offset the cost of our extensive training program.  Learn how you can take part in our training, or how to help others with a gift to our Training Scholarship Fund. [ More Info ]

 

 

 



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Monday, 3 April 2017

8 Signs Of Alcoholism. How To Tell If You Are An Alcoholic.

No one wants to admit they are an alcoholic. Many people aren’t aware they have a problem until their lives fall apart. If you’re worried about whether or not your drinking has become a problem, there are some warning signs to look for. 1. Hiding Your Drinking Alcoholics tend to hide how much they are […]

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Can You Get Addicted to Opiates?

Prescription drug addiction and death due to overdose has become an epidemic in the United States. Painkillers that doctors prescribed are usually opiate based medications. Opiates are prescribed to patients who have injured themselves or are recovering from surgery. These drugs are very useful in helping patients with acute or chronic pain, but can be […]

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Is EDM Music Contributing To Drug Abuse?

You’re probably familiar with EDM, even if you don’t know what it stands for (Electronic Dance Music, by the way). Its a genre whose instantly recognizable throbbing bass sounds and synthesizer leads have even taken the pop music world by storm. However, in the underbelly of EDM culture lies an intense drug scene that rivals […]

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Most Famous Celebrities That Have Died From Alcohol Abuse

When the topic of drug addiction and detox programs comes up, many people neglect to think of the most widely abused drug in the world: alcohol. Because it is such a common and largely socially acceptable substance, alcoholism often goes unnoticed and untreated. When this occurs, it rarely if ever means anything good for the […]

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

What Does A Cocaine Addict Act Like? Signs of An Addict

What Does A Cocaine Addict Act Like? Cocaine addiction is one of the most serious forms of addiction dealt with in recovery. If you suspect a loved one might be using or even worse abusing cocaine, there are certain signs to look for. When high, they will exhibit certain behavioral cues that might let you […]

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

“Don’t Even Think About It: Drug Addiction and the Dangers That Come With It”

We’ve all heard the horror stories. We’ve all been told countless tales of sorrow from people who’ve suffered through it. We’ve read so many news stories about celebrities that have been caught using and abusing it. We are all familiar with the difficulties, the pain and the struggles that come along with drug addiction. So […]

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Is SMART Recovery® a Moderation Organization?

By Tom Horvath Ph.D., Lorie Hammerstrom, and Brett Saarela, LCSW

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SMART Recovery® supports (1) abstinence from any substance or activity addiction and (2) going beyond abstinence to lead a meaningful and satisfying life. Our 4-Point ProgramSM addresses addiction itself (Points 1 and 2) and quality of life (Points 3 and 4). Points 3 and 4 are the primary focus of discussion in many meetings. To remind you, Point 1 focuses on motivation to abstain; Point 2 on coping with craving; Point 3 on problem solving (when practical problems can be resolved) and emotional self-management (when practical problems may not be “solvable”); and Point 4 on building a life of enduring satisfactions (a meaningful and purposeful life).

SMART Recovery® encourages attendance by individuals in any stage of recovery. Those maintaining long-term abstinence will likely be most interested in discussions of Points 3 and 4. Those in early recovery will likely pay more attention to Points 1 and 2. SMART Recovery® recognizes that individuals may be in different stages of change, at any one time, across what is likely to be a range of addictive behaviors. For example, one participant may be ready to stop drinking but not ready to stop smoking. Another participant may be ready to quit cocaine but not ready to quit marijuana. Both participants may be drinking excessive caffeine and overeating, and be unaware that these are also addictive behaviors.

Even individuals who have not made the decision to abstain from any substance or activity are welcome in our meetings, and allowed to state (during the check-in or perhaps at other times in the meeting) their current activities and plans. Their statements have led some to the inaccurate conclusion that SMART Recovery® is a “moderation organization.” Despite participant statements about “cutting back” or “moderating,” the working time of the meeting is devoted to how to achieve abstinence and quality of life.

Undoubtedly, many individuals attending non-SMART Recovery® support groups are not abstaining but do not say so. The reality of any support group is that it cannot control its participants outside of meetings, only the meeting discussion itself. The meeting facilitator maintains a balance in the meeting between allowing participants to speak honestly, while keeping the discussion focused on how to achieve and maintain abstinence. Participants who have not decided upon or achieved abstinence will benefit from observing how others are doing so, without being shamed about their own stance.

We believe that our practice of welcoming all will result in more people achieving abstinence (or moderation or at least harm reduction) than if we have entrance requirements. Because we do not use the terms “alcoholic” or “addict” we are in no position to prescribe abstinence to anyone. We are an organization that supports individuals who have chosen to abstain (whatever their reasons, however serious or minor their problems are) or are considering abstinence (but they might ultimately choose another course of action). Empowering individuals to make choices is at the heart of the SMART Recovery® philosophy.

In particular, SMART Recovery® meetings encourage the discussion of slips and relapses. These discussions are often among the most profound discussions we have, as the participant re-connects with the deeper reasons for choosing to abstain. We do not keep track of length of abstinence (although participants are free to do so), partly because having a longer length of abstinence can discourage someone from discussing a relapse.

For individuals who are immersed in other models of recovery and styles of meetings, SMART Recovery® may require some effort to understand. We do not expect to appeal to everyone. However, our record of success and growth indicates that a sizable portion of people with addictive behaviors find our approach meaningful and helpful. If you’re considering abstaining from an addictive behavior, please join us for a SMART Recovery® meeting, and see if you find our approach meaningful and helpful to you on your recovery journey.

Editor’s Note: This article brings up several points I find meaningful: (a) 12-step is just a theory about reality, rather than being reality itself. (b) SMART Recovery® is not A.A, and uses a different theory and approach. (c) In SMART Recovery’s approach, we “let” people think for themselves, and we are not overly scandalized by free speech. (d) SMART Recovery® is not written in stone: we cleave to science, which entails flexibility and change, and we can tolerate ambiguities and unknowns. (e) Our methods are those people can use for more effective self-management, and “effective” depends upon the individual’s goals and values. (f) We are organized to support people who have chosen to abstain or who are considering doing so.


 




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Monday, 27 March 2017

Fentanyl Abuse: What You Need to Know

Did you know that Fentanyl is more potent than morphine? And did you know that more than 2 million Americans are addicted to similar prescription opiods? If fentanyl addiction is something you or someone you love is suffering from, then there are a lot more things that you should know. We’ll cover all the basics […]

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Opiate Addiction: How To Successfully Deal With Withdrawal Process?

You might be reading this post because you want to get sober, but you’re afraid of your body’s reaction when you stop using it. You must have heard that opiate withdrawal is severe and you are afraid of what will happen to your body. Addiction & Withdrawal You may know opiates by many names. Vicodin, […]

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