SMART Recovery

Smart Recovery

By Jim Braastad Smart Recovery Distance Training Coordinator A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to represent SMART Recovery® in a panel discussion “Alternative Recovery Models” at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minnesota. Each panelist responded to five questions. What follows is my response … Continue reading

Buddhism and the 12 Steps

Buddhas

By Roger C. There would appear to be much in common between Buddhist thought and the 12 Step recovery program practised by some in AA. A number of books have made the connection between them. Three of the more popular ones include Kevin Griffin’s work, One Breath at a Time: … Continue reading

Recovery Capital

Recovery Capital

Nourishing and Toxic Attitudes in Recovery By Allen Berger, Ph.D. © 2014 Recovery capital is a relatively new concept in the field of recovery. Our recovery capital is determined by the number of external and internal assets that we have which support recovery. External assets are things like having a … Continue reading

LifeRing

LifeRing Image

By Mahala Kephart LifeRing Board of Directors A Clever, Reassuring Device It seems to me that the Higher Power notion can work if you absolutely don’t think about it. It’s a clever, bright, reassuring device. Just shut your eyes tight, believe it, and don’t ask questions. Once you lift the … Continue reading

The Biology of Spirituality

Vera Tarman

By Roger C. Doctor Vera Tarman, a specialist in addiction behaviour and treatment and the Medical Director at Renascent, a treatment facility for men and women suffering from alcoholism and addiction, recently shared her views on the neurochemical basis of recovery and spirituality in a talk at the University of … Continue reading