SMART Recovery® Podcast, 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.
You Don't Need the Lollipop Right Now
Dr. Joe Gerstein is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Founder of SMART Recovery. He is also a retired Harvard University professor and lectures at addiction symposiums. Joe introduced SMART to the world and has facilitated over 3,000 meetings. His passion and motivation for helping others is still going strong after 50+ years. Joe shares some of his thoughts and perspectives and being for staying motivated in your recovery.
Caring About the Ones No One Else Does
Dave Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Fletcher Group, based in London, Kentucky. His background in social work, healthcare, and academia led him to starting Fletcher Group with the help of Ernie Fletcher, the former Governor of Kentucky. A recent grant connected them to SMART Recovery with the Rural Centers of Excellence Initiative.
In this podcast, Dave talks about:
His journey from Big Sky country to the Motor City Flunking retirement after meeting Governor Ernie Fletcher Developing and operationalizing the Fletcher Group organization at record speed Being the catalysts for change Caring about the ones whom no one else does Receiving a HRSA grant for the Rural Centers for Excellence Initiative (RCOE) How and why recovery homes have gained public awareness in the last decade Connecting with SMART and implementing the curriculum and best practices into the houses Coaches and motivation The benefits for a recovery home participating in the RCOE program Gauging success: initiation, engagement, retention What recovery capital is and why it’s important
Old Enough To Serve, Old Enough To Drink
From growing up in small-town Iowa to becoming a military police officer Army Reservist, Holly Paulsen has seen and experienced much in her life. It wasn’t until she woke up still drunk after a night of drinking, that she decided to make changes in her life. Today, she is living her best life and helping other veterans get the help and resources they deserve.
In this podcast, Holly talks about:
Following in her brother’s footsteps and joining the Army at age 17 The military being its own world The peer pressure of being old enough to serve is old enough to drink Being deployed in Afghanistan when she turned 21 Attributing early addictive behaviors to undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and later to numb the pain from injuries sustained in the military The military saying, “Drink About It, Don’t Think About It” A friend planting the seed of sobriety April 1st is not a joke Being supportive by going with a friend to SMART meetings Years later, making the choice to attend SMART meetings and finding the Veterans & First Responders inaugural meeting How SMART fits into her life and co-facilitating meetings Telling others don’t struggle alone; ask for help
Mechanisms of Action in Recovery
Dr. Sarah Zemore is a Senior Scientist at the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, California, and the Principal Investigator of the Peer Alternatives for Addiction 2 (PAL2) Study. This is the second phase in the study which focuses on the benefits of mutual help groups in recovery.
In this podcast, Sarah talks about:
Her background in social psychology, then becoming interested in the addiction recovery process Previous studies being too academic with little translation to the real world The power researchers have to shape services and make an impact The goals, challenges, and findings from the 2015 PAL1 Study How the new PAL2 study will provide a deeper understanding the benefits of mutual help groups The focus in PAL2 will be on specific subgroups and how participation is different, i.e., in-person versus online meetings Mechanisms of action and the key drivers of recovery Ways to participate in PAL2 study and how the data will be used to provide recommendations to treatment providers The importance of knowing the range of recovery program options available Welcoming feedback on the work and study
Swimming Against the Legislative Tides
Sarah Levin is the founder of Secular Strategies. She is also a lobbyist and coalition builder. Sarah has made it her life’s work to fight for legislation protecting secular points of view.
Gerardo (Gee) Matamoros is president of the SMART NYC Board, and self-described newfound activist. He is impacting his community through his passion and dedication to ensuring SMART is an option for everyone in recovery.
In this podcast, they talk about:
Sarah growing up in a political family that loved to talk about religion and politics at the kitchen table
Sarah being introduced to SMART when she worked for the Secular Coalition for America Being the engine of the secular movement Gee grew up in different countries and came to the US for college Gee’s stint with “naughty” substances and finding SMART What brought Sarah and Gee together
Advocating for separation of church and state and evidence-based policy Explaining to law makers why Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) should be supported in recovery Ending the stigma of addiction for people in recovery The First Amendment cases that protect choice in recovery pathways Shifting the burden to the courts to ensure secular recovery options are given to people
Gee’s outreach and awareness efforts in NYC Newfound energy in rallying people to get involved in SMART’s legislative changes Why it’s important to learn the ecosystem of decision makers in your community and make SMART known Telling your story because your voice matters to lawmakers at all levels
Finding the Diamond in the Rough
Dave Jansa is a SMART Facilitator in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and someone with lived experience with the Family & Friends program. He also serves on the board of Face it Together (FIT), whose mission is to solve the nation’s greatest health challenge drug and alcohol addiction.
In this podcast, Dave talks about:
Resolving his struggles with addictive behaviors on his own and by observing what others were going through as guidance Being curious and confused about his addiction experience and recovery transformation Face it Together being disturbing innovators The similarities between SMART and FIT and implementing SMART into their recovery options How using the Family & Friends program transformed the way he interacted with his son The needs of teens and young adults differs from adults in recovery The Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) method FIT’s Recovery Capital Index How addiction affects everyone in the family Being part of the solution in people’s recovery Finding the diamond in the rough
Audio only issue
I love this podcast, just hate missing what’s being said from the sound drops out. Aside from that this is really an outstanding, helpful and motivating resource.
Love the podcast
I like this podcast because of the thoughtful careful moderation of any guests and the nice tone without reference to higher powers. The variety is great.
Audio quality lacking
I would love to listen to the podcast but the audio quality is pretty bad and makes it difficult to follow at times.