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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… read more

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The Intersection of Mental Health and Addiction

May 5th, 2021


Mike Massey has been facilitating SMART Recovery Online (SROL) meetings since 2013.  His professional experience as a former teacher and union leader, as well as his personal experience with substance use, gave him the …

Looking at Ourselves in an Honest, Open Way

April 16th, 2021


Bill Greer came up through the ranks of SMART Recovery. He started as a participant in 2012, then became a facilitator, then Regional Coordinator, and joined the Board of Directors in 2017. He is currently the President …

I Wasn't Looking Until I Was Looking

March 18th, 2021


Eboni Jewel Sears’s life has been full of unique and interesting experiences and opportunities.  Growing up, her military family moved throughout the …

Rebuilding the Trust Bank

February 22nd, 2021


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 …

Carpe Diem is the Term

January 6th, 2021


Dr. Reid Hester is a psychologist and researcher.  He is the founder and director of the science division of Checkup & Choices.  Reid’s extensive …

If Me; Yes You

December 21st, 2020


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’ …

Going Into the Holidays with Eyes Wide Open

December 7th, 2020


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 …

The "Been There, Done That" Connection

November 9th, 2020


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 …

Buckling Down for Recovery

November 3rd, 2020


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 …

The Luck of the Draw Led to SMART Recovery

October 26th, 2020


Kevin Minnick is the SMART Recovery Regional Coordinator for Indiana. He is also a probation officer for Hancock County. 

In this podcast, Kevin …

The Search is Over

October 7th, 2020


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 …

SMART Recovery Community Update

September 28th, 2020


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 …

From Ruined Opportunities to SMART Recovery

August 27th, 2020


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 …

Changing the Game in Lake County's LGBTQ Community

July 29th, 2020


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.  …

Build the Kind of Life You Don’t Want to Relapse From

June 23rd, 2020


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 …

Stop. Be Present. Listen.

May 12th, 2020


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 …

Are Alternative Treatment Programs as Effective as 12-Step Models? - with Dr. Sarah Zemore

April 21st, 2020


The results speak for themselves. Alternative treatment programs are as effective as traditional 12-step programs for alcohol recovery.  These …

Words Matter: Addiction Terminology, Accuracy, and Stigma

February 27th, 2020


Words matter to Richard Saitz, M.D., who edits medical journals and publications for accuracy surrounding addiction terminology. In this talk, …

SMART Moves From Abstinence-Based to Abstinence-Oriented Addiction Recovery

January 31st, 2020


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 …

WEBINAR: Love and Addiction Revisited with Stanton Peele and Archie Brodsky

October 25th, 2018


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 …

WEBINAR: Can Medication Help Conquer Addiction? with Donald Sheeley, MD

June 14th, 2018


SMART Recovery was thrilled to host Dr. Don Sheeley, in a conversation about MAT: Medication for Opiates, Alcohol and More, the medical options now …

WEBINAR: Addiction Recovery - Self Esteem Can Be Toxic. How to Escape the Trap with Dr. Michael Edelstein

March 16th, 2018


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 …

WEBINAR: Addiction & the Brain, A Focus on Opiates, with Chris Tuell, Ph.D.

July 24th, 2017


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 …

WEBINAR: Engaging Community to Fight Addiction with Ivette Torres from SAMHSA

April 4th, 2017


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 …

WEBINAR: Addiction Recovery for 2017: New Science, New Strategies, with Reid Hester, Ph.D.

February 1st, 2017


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 …

WEBINAR: Getting Through the Holidays, with Joe Gerstein, MD

December 16th, 2016


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 …

WEBINAR: Dr. John Kelly, Ph.D. on Science & Addiction Recovery Support

September 28th, 2016


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

WEBINAR: Dr. Carlo DiClemente on Maintaining Change in Addiction Recovery

September 1st, 2016


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 …

Webinar Dr. Nicole Kosanke on How Family & Friends can Help Fuel Recovery

July 25th, 2016


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 …

WEBINAR: You are Powerful: A Message to Young People from Dr. Robert Schwebel

April 24th, 2016


SMART Recovery® is pleased to present a talk with author and developer of The Seven Challenges® Program, Dr. Robert Schwebel.

We are interested in …

WEBINAR: Drs. Stanton Peele and Tom Horvath Talking about Addiction for Kids and Young Adults – SMART Approaches

March 2nd, 2016


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 …

SMART Directions, a Q & A Session

December 11th, 2015


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 …

Webinar: Dr. Bill Knaus On Anxiety

August 25th, 2015


Dr. Bill Knaus is the foremost authority in the field of overcoming procrastination, and he is also renowned for his work in practical application of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and cognitive behavioral …

WEBINAR: Cognitive Tools for Fighting Addiction and Beyond, An Interview With Dr Michael Edelstein

June 30th, 2015


The focus is on using simple evidence-based tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), specifically the tools of Rational Emotive Behavior …

WEBINAR: Recreating Addiction Treatment for the 21st Century, Tom Horvath Interviews Stanton Peele

May 19th, 2015


Stanton Peele returns to SMART Recovery to discuss Recreating Addiction Treatment in the 21st Century with Dr. Tom Horvath, SMART’s President.

Thought, attitudes, and the treatment of addiction is shifting. Choice and …

WEBINAR: Helping Loved Ones Get Sober: Robert Meyers, Jeffrey Foote, and Tom Horvath

March 31st, 2015


As friends and family, our intimate connection should make us natural allies. However, we often don’t know how to talk with each other or work …

WEBINAR: “ACT SMART!” With Dr. Hank Robb

February 11th, 2015


Dr. Hank Robb is an expert in both ACT and REBT, and in this podcast he shares ways in which some of the insight from ACT complements the tools of …

WEBINAR: Questioning Dr. Stanton Peele -- with Dr. Tom Horvath

October 13th, 2014



Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is a seminal figure in the addiction field.  Dr. Peele has been a pioneer in applying addiction beyond the area of …

WEBINAR: Behavioral Addictions -- A Look at Gambling and Eating Disorders with Dr. Chris Tuell and Ms. Ann Hull

August 8th, 2014


SMART Recovery's Tools can be applied to any maladaptive behavior.  There are characteristics, however, that distinguish some addictive behaviors …

WEBINAR: How Science and Kindness Help People Change with Dr. Jeffrey Foote

May 23rd, 2014


The Center for Motivation and Change (CMC) approach to helping families, which includes CRAFT, and introduces the CMC's best new tools to help our …

WEBINAR: How to Overcome Addiction in One Lesson with Dr. Michael Edelstein

April 18th, 2014


This is a lesson for any harmful behavior – drugs, gambling, eating disorders, smoking, self-harm -- substance-related or not. Bring your questions! …

WEBINAR: Adventurous Living with Ed Garcia, Part 2 -- Intimate Adventures: Close Assocations

November 22nd, 2013


Alcohol, drug abuse or other maladaptive behaviors can result in a loss of intimacy and intimacy skills, as well as a profound lack of connectedness …

WEBINAR: ACTing SMART with Dr. Hank Robb - Dipping into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for some SMART Ideas!

September 9th, 2013


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a so-called third-generation branch of CBT which teaches new ways of looking at our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Instead of fighting and demanding that troublesome …

Special Event: CRAFT for Families & Friends with Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D.

August 5th, 2013


Dr. Robert Meyers presents CRAFT, Community Reinforcement and Family Training, which he developed and has used to help individuals and families for decades. He is an internationally known expert in how concerned …

WEBINAR: Adventurous Living with Ed Garcia, Part 1 -- Emotions and Challenges

July 29th, 2013


Life is a never ending series of events. The manner in which we perceive and react to them, determines whether we experience life merely as a series of events or as adventures.

The adventure is not only in the events we …

Webinar: “Checklists for Recovery” with Dr. Donald Meichenbaum and Dr. Julie Myers

May 22nd, 2013


The SMART Recovery approach to addiction recovery is based on SELF-Management. Effective management includes measuring progress. What better way to …

Webinar: Acceptance is ... Embracing Reality with Dr. Tom Horvath

March 26th, 2013


Welcome to the latest podcast from SMART Recovery. What is unconditional acceptance of self, others, and life? How can I accept unpleasant people and …

Webinar: “Inside Rehab” with Anne Fletcher

February 28th, 2013


Welcome to the latest podcast from SMART Recovery. What happens inside drug and alcohol rehab centers and how rehab works has been a mystery to those …

SPECIAL EVENT: Thirteen Tips to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever; a Webinar with Dr. Bill Knaus

January 8th, 2013


Welcome to the latest podcast from SMART Recovery. A key component to maintaining motivation and sustaining addiction recovery is covered by the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program’s 4th point: Living a Balanced Life. Dr. …

Welcome from Gil Kerlikowske

December 10th, 2012


Richard Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, introduces the 2012 SMART Recovery Conference.

SMART Recovery …

SPECIAL EVENT: The Art of Living, Part 3; an Online Workshop by Ed Garcia

October 19th, 2012


This podcast, titled "Faith & Reason: Adversaries or Partners in Life?," is the third of more to come in our workshop series, The Art of Living, featuring Ed Garcia, one of the key innovators of REBT (Rational …

SPECIAL EVENT: The Art of Living, Part 2; an Online Workshop by Ed Garcia

July 17th, 2012


This podcast, entitled "Who Am I?," is the second of more to come in our workshop series, The Art of Living, featuring Ed Garcia, one of the key innovators of REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy). Please check …

SPECIAL EVENT: Combatting Depression; an Online Workshop by Dr. Bill Knaus

June 19th, 2012


Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most widely used psychological method for combatting depression, for one simple reason: it works. In this brief …

SPECIAL EVENT: The Art of Living, Part 1; an Online Workshop by Ed Garcia

April 18th, 2012


This podcast is the first of more to come in our workshop series, The Art of Living, featuring Ed Garcia, one of the key innovators of REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy). Please check back in the coming months …

SPECIAL EVENT: Dr. Hank Robb Presents Is it True? or Is it Helpful?

March 18th, 2012


Hank Robb, Ph.D., Supervisor for the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy and founding member of SMART Recovery presents thoughts of great interest …

SPECIAL EVENT: Preventing and Coping with Relapse by Dr. Tom Horvath

January 12th, 2012


Dr. Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery, has been kind enough to join us for a timely discussion of relapse during the 2011 holiday season, …

Interview with Dr. Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery on Blogtalkradio's Safe Recovery

September 24th, 2011


Dr. Tom Horvath speaks, in an interview with Monica on's Safe Recovery, about the tools, information and community of SMART …

SPECIAL EVENT: Anatomy of Emotions, Part 3: Ed Garcia on Understanding Guilt & Depression and Building Emotional Muscle

August 31st, 2011


Welcome to Part 3 of our SMART Recovery online series: The Anatomy of Emotions featuring Ed Garcia.

Ed Garcia, one of the key innovators of REBT, discusses the nature of feelings and where they come from, focusing on …

Special Event: Dr. Bill Knaus Online mini-Workshop on Procrastination Wrap-Up for the SMART Community - Part II

August 8th, 2011


Welcome to Part 2 of our final SMART Recovery online mini-workshop on Procrastination featuring Dr. Bill Knaus.

Dr. Bill Knaus, author of over 20 …

Special Event: Dr. Bill Knaus Online mini-Workshop on Procrastination Wrap-Up for the SMART Community - Part I

August 1st, 2011


Welcome to our final SMART Recovery online mini-workshop on Procrastination featuring Dr. Bill Knaus.

Dr. Bill Knaus, author of over 20 books and …

Special Event: Dr. Bill Knaus First Ever Online mini-Workshop on Procrastination for the SMART Community - Part II

July 21st, 2011


Dr. Bill Knaus, author of over 20 books and foremost expert in the field of Psychology on the topic of Procrastination joins SMART to offer a …

Special Event: Dr. Bill Knaus First Ever Online mini-Workshop on Procrastination for the SMART Community - Part I

July 14th, 2011


Dr. Bill Knaus, author of over 20 books and foremost expert in the field of Psychology on the topic of Procrastination joins SMART to offer a …

Special Event: Dr. Michael Edelstein Speaks About REBT and Addictive Thinking

June 22nd, 2011


Dr. Michael Edelstein, author of Three-Minute Therapy: Change your Thinking, Change your Life, with David Ramsay Steele, speaks to the SMART community about how SMART Recovery® uses REBT (Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive …

SPECIAL EVENT: Anatomy of Emotions, Part 2: Ed Garcia on Understanding Anger and Fear

June 1st, 2011


Ed Garcia discusses the subtle but forceful ways in which fear and anger connect and affect us, explains how we can best handle those emotions, and …

Special Event: Dr. Robert J. Meyers Addresses the Family & Friends Community

April 22nd, 2011


Dr. Meyers speaks to those whose loved ones misuse alcohol or other substances and how to effectively help them seek treatment and enhance their own …

Special Event: Ed Garcia on The Anatomy of Emotions

April 16th, 2011


In this special presentation, Ed Garcia describes how we can focus on our thoughts or "self-talk," then analyze thoughts and self-talk, determining whether our thinking serves our interests or proves self-defeating. We …

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