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.
The Search is Over
In this podcast, Peter talks about:
• Why partying like Frank Sinatra was the way his family coped with issues
• Who held an intervention for him
• How he found SMART and Alltyr
• Why he never drank again after taking the SMART Training
• What people are searching for
• Taking the National Drug Court Institute training
• Using the Successful Life Skills book in his SMART meetings
• Why it’s important to extend compassion and empathy to everyone
• Where life goes from here
SMART Recovery Community Update
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.
From Ruined Opportunities to SMART Recovery: A Veteran’s Survival Story
In the US Army, he was an E-4 Specialist serving in Guantanamo Bay. 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,” and how valuable the SMART Recovery program was for his survival.
Changing the Game in Lake County's LGBTQ Community
Growing up, Betty Jacobs hid her true identity. 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 LGTBQ community in Lake County, Ohio. Last year she founded LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County.
With the climate in the country forcing people to look at things differently, Betty says “it’s easier to have the hard conversations lately.” They are working to end fear and create allies in the community.
Build the Kind of Life You Don’t Want to Relapse From
Charles True has been building the kind of life he doesn’t want to relapse from for many years. One of his most impactful projects is the InsideOut® program.
Charles partnered with Ron Lott and together they facilitate the InsideOut® program in the Houston, Texas, prisons. They have also co-authored the book Successful Life Skills.
Charles lives by the motto, “turn your life into a project, always have a purpose, and wake up grateful.”
Stop. Be Present. Listen. Why Motivational Interviewing is an Important Tool in Recovery with Dr. Molly Magill
Dr. Molly Magill's most exciting research is in motivational interviewing (MI) . She believes the “gifts” that MI gave to addictions research and the clinical field are, love, appreciation, acceptance, and compassion for clients and a way to operationalize and train people how to do it. According to Dr. Magill, MI forces you to stop, be present, and listen and believe what the clients says matters and is of value. This is a good practice for people everywhere to follow.