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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February 22, 2021 47 min

Henry Steinberger, of Madison, Wisconsin, is a long-time, trusted advisor and facilitator for SMART.  His extensive educational credentials and background have been invaluable in shaping SMART Recovery into the organization it is today. 

In this podcast, Henry talks about:

  • Working with Albert Ellis
  • The fork in the road with Jack Trimpy
  • The psychology of understanding why people “are so messed up”
  • Discovering SMART and serving on the B...
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    January 6, 2021 33 min

    Dr. Reid Hester is a psychologist and researcher.  He is the founder and director of the science division of Checkup & Choices.  Reid’s extensive research in alcohol abuse has led to professional opportunities and collaborations with many experts in the field.  One long-standing partnership has been with SMART Recovery

    In this podcast, Reid talks about:

  • His educational background and path to earning a doctorate in psychology
  • M...
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    December 21, 2020 49 min

    Shawn Fisk is an addiction treatment counselor in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  His lived personal and professional experiences have led him to challenge cognitive discrepancies and chart a new path for his and his clients’ lives.   

    In this podcast, Shawn talks about:

  • The privilege of working at Serenity House, an intensive, in-house men’s recovery home
  • Giving the residents the opportunity to model and practice new skills to replace ol...
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    Stacey McKeever is a librarian in southern California.  Her lifelong struggle with food addiction has led her to use SMART Recovery as one pathway to maintaining balance in her life.   

    In this podcast, Stacey talks about:

  • How she was a librarian even before she earned her degree 
  • Being put on diet pills at eight years old 
  • Using food to cope with her feelings 
  • Finding out she had a food addiction  Her inability to feel space o...
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    November 9, 2020 26 min

    Les Waite is a veteran and a clinical psychologist at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York.  His struggles with addiction lead him to SMART Recovery.  Now, he uses the SMART tools daily in his practice for veterans.   

     

    In this podcast, Les talks about: 

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    November 3, 2020 26 min

    Nick Goodwin is a SMART Recovery facilitator and co-chair of the new Veterans and First Responders meeting starting on November 10th.  He is a former Infantry Officer, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. 

    In this podcast, Nick talks about:
  • What led him to join the military
  • His commission in the Marines
  • What triggered his alcohol use disorder
  • Finding SMART Recovery through the Veterans Addiction Recovery Center
  • Why military veterans gravitate t...
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    Kevin Minnick is the SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator for Indiana. He is also a probation officer for Hancock County. 

    In this podcast, Kevin talks about: 

  • How being a professional golfer paid for his master’s degree in counseling 
  • Seeing an ad for SMART Recovery in an underground newspaper in the 1990s 
  • How working in the chemical dependency unit was luck of the draw 
  • Recognizing that many aspects of recovery were not being addres...
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    October 7, 2020 42 min

    Peter Finger is a SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is also an advocate for the drug courts in his state. 

    In this podcast, Peter talks about:

  • Why partying like Frank Sinatra was the way his family coped with issues
  • What caused tremendous anxiety during childhood and carried into his adulthood
  • Who held an intervention for him when his drinking habit was out of control
  • How he found SMART Recovery and ...
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    September 28, 2020 45 min

    The SMART Community had the opportunity to hear from Board President Bill Greer and Executive Director Mark Ruth as they shared their perspectives on what the SMART community has accomplished in 2020 and where they are headed in 2021.  

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    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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