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.
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 a SMART RC, president of the SMART NYC Board, and self-described newfound activist. He is impacting his community through his passion to ensuring SMART is an option for everyone in recovery.
They talk about advocating for separation of church and state and evidence-based policy
Finding the Diamond in the Rough
Dave Jansa is a SMART Facilitator and someone with lived experience with the Family & Friends program. He also serves on the board of Face it Together (FIT).
In this podcast, Dave talks about:
• Being curious and confused about his addiction experience and recovery transformation
• Face it Together being disturbing innovators
• The similarities between SMART and FIT
• How using the F&F program transformed the way he interacted with his son
• The CRAFT method
• Finding the diamond in t
Planting the Seeds for Recovery
Since 2016, Lorie Hammerstorm has been the lead onsite trainer for SMART. She also facilitates the teen and young adult meetings.
Rae Grady is an onsite trainer and Family & Friends facilitator, who has been with SMART since 2019.
In this podcast, they talk about:
• Lorie’s need to find life goals beyond drugs and alcohol in high school
• Rae’s career working with adolescents and finding SMART
• Using music as a way to connect and relate to recovery
• Planting the seeds for recovery
Learning How to Do Life
Chuck Novak’s life hasn’t always been easy. A substance use problem led to five years in prison. While incarcerated he earned a paralegal certificate and started on a path to recovery. Today, Chuck is a MLDAC and a SMART Regional Coordinator in NH.
Chuck talks about:
• His experiences with addiction and being incarcerated
• Changing the vocabulary for returning citizens
• Implementing “Operation Bed Bug”
• Consulting for the Drug Courts in NH
• Learning how to do life
Incarcerated by Your Own Thinking
Barry Grant’s experiences being incarcerated changed and shaped his future forever. Today, Barry is the owner of S.A.F.E Counseling Services, Director of Outpatient Services at Hope House, and SMART board member.
In this podcast, Barry talks about:
• His history of being incarcerated and finding SMART
• His meaning of recovery
• Choosing your behavior means choosing your consequences
• The difference between being ready and being prepared
• Changing the vocabulary for incarcerated peo
Don't Let Pride Lead You Astray
Matt Frank has been a SMART Facilitator for over seven years. His uses his experience and LGBTQ+ perspectives to shape the tools and conversations to be most effective for his meeting participants.
Matt talks about:
• How pride can be a problem emotion
• Focusing on behavior versus identity
• The difference between self-esteem and self-acceptance
• Using MI in his Sexual Maladaptive Behavior meeting
• What people need is a good listening to
• Not letting pride lead you astray
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.