SMART Recovery® Podcasts

SMART Recovery® Podcasts

SMART Recovery® Podcasts, a library of talks on addiction from the leading self-empowering peer support recovery group in the world. Enjoy entertaining, thought-provoking discussion with experts in the field of science-based addiction treatment and recovery. SMART Recovery provides services for those overcoming addictions of all types.... Show More

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August 27, 2020 35 min

In the United States Army, he was an E-4 Specialist with the 42 INF Div., serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  As a private person, Michael Hooper was a man struggling with alcohol abuse and depression.  He didn’t know where to get help until he called the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline.  From there Michael was introduced to SMART Recovery through the VA Hospital.  He knew from the first meeting it was “going to be a life changer,” but it w...

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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 co...

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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-based therapy (CBT) program for substance abuse treatment (offender rehab) in correctional settings and is based around the 4-Point Program® of SMART R...

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May 12, 2020 50 min

Molly Magill’s interest in psychology and social work started in high school and grew into her passion and ultimately, her career.  She earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston and she earned her M.S.W and Ph.D. from Boston College.  Dr. Magill is an associate research professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Director of Biostatistics at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at...

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The results speak for themselves. Alternative treatment programs are as effective as traditional 12-step programs for alcohol recovery.  These results have been identified thanks to Dr. Sarah Zemore’s 2018 research project, A longitudinal study of the comparative efficacy of Women for Sobriety, LifeRing, SMART Recovery, and 12-step groups for those with AUD, published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.   

The findings wer...

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Words matter to Richard Saitz, M.D., who edits medical journals and publications for accuracy surrounding addiction terminology. In this talk, borrowed from our collection of 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference presentations, Dr. Saitz discusses substance use disorders as health conditions, how traditional language can promote stigma and affects policy and care, and the emergence of accurate, non-stigmatizing terminology.

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While this terminology change may seem minimal to some, it is certainly not to Board President Bill Greer. To provide some added context to an important announcement the organization has recently made, we sat down with Bill to discuss SMART's larger focus on reducing stigma that often comes with addiction terminology, why SMART's new stance in moving toward abstinence-oriented is so important, and the impact we hope it will...

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Stanton Peele and Archie Brodsky joined SMART Recovery for a webinar discussing concepts of addictions with a focus on love and relationships. At the the forefront of redefining addiction as something that goes beyond any particular substance and is, rather, a human phenomenon that can develop along a spectrum of severity in the relationships we form with others, with substances, or with behaviors and activities.

In 1975, the ideas...

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SMART Recovery was thrilled to host Dr. Don Sheeley, in a conversation about MAT: Medication for Opiates, Alcohol and More, the medical options now available to help address opiate and alcohol use disorders.  Don is uniquely positioned to speak with us, as a long-time volunteer at SMART, as an Emergency Room physician, and as a practitioner in his own practice: www.actsmartnewyork.com.

Donald Sheeley, MD, ABIM, ABEM, ASAM, is curre...

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SMART Recovery was pleased to welcome back Michael Edelstein, Ph.D., author of Three Minute Therapy, who presented to us the surprising truth about self-esteem.

Dr. Edelstein is beyond compare for his ability to explain the concepts of CBT and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). These, at their core, hold that faulty thinking and beliefs, such as using self-esteem as a measure of “self,” can adversely affect our mood, well-be...

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A fascinating conversation on Addiction & the Brain: A Focus on Opiates, with Dr. Christopher J. Tuell, Clinical Director of Addiction Services at the Lindner Center of HOPE of UC Health in Cincinnati. 

This was an interesting and far-reaching discussion, beginning with a look at today’s opiate epidemic. Dr. Tuell highlighted the relationship between mental health and addiction and how they intersect. We also discussed a whole ...

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Ivette Torres, Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for almost 20 years, joins SMART to discuss community engagement.

In this lively and engaging talk, Ms. Torres discusses some of the topics of concern today in behavioral health related to addiction, and she shares how SAMHSA can help communities gain access to the resources they need. Within that, the Center for Substance Abu...

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SMART Recovery hosts Reid K. Hester, Ph.D., Creator of Checkup & Choices, SMART's companion web course.

He presents a fascinating overview and discussion of recent scientific findings on addiction treatment and support, including work from his own lab as well as that of others. There are valuable lessons to be learned and new strategies that have real implications for people struggling with their use of alcohol, drugs and b...

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Listen to Joseph F. Gerstein, MD, FACP, SMART’s founding President, share ideas and examples of how to use the SMART tools to get through the Holiday Season -- enjoyably and with as little stress as possible. 

Dr. Gerstein will also spend some time discussing the fundamental importance of motivation in the recovery process and ways to enhance that, and he will introduce an interesting phenomenon observed in study of the change proc...

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SMART Recovery is pleased to present a talk with John Kelly, Ph.D., the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

He emphasizes the need for addiction recovery support programs based on science, such as SMART, as well as the science on traditional and other recovery support services.

In recent years, the models for addiction treatment and support have seen innovation and expansion beyond trad...

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SMART Recovery is honored to bring you Dr. Carlo DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, co-creator of the the Stages of Change, speaking about how people maintain change and ways in which to support that in the field of addiction and recovery.

Carlo C. DiClemente's Stages of Change, or the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change (TTM), are foundational to SMART's approach to supporting people where they are as they embark in the process ...

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Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Family Services at the Center for Motivation and Change, and she speaks to SMART about the issues faced by those whose partners or other adult loved ones may be having trouble with addiction

What partners and concerned signifcant others can do to help themselves while encouraging loved ones to seek help. The discussion was open, friendly and informal, and packed ...

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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 c...

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This is a wide-ranging talk about addiction and today’s youth and teens. Dr. Horvath, SMART’s President, interviews Dr. Stanton Peele on what is needed in society, in public policy, for parents, and for those in the caring and justice professions, to better help our young people. For young adults, we want to show you the power of making your own choices and having solid resources for decision-making readily available, so you can as...

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December 11, 2015 63 min

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 ...

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