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Meeting Your Goals

By Eric Ridenour When you find yourself in a new community, with little to nothing, you need everything you can gather just to get by. It is not easy, and the sheer volume of picking up the pieces of life and getting yourself together can take what seems like forever. It can be such a …

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Does Sobriety In Prison Count?

By Eric Ridenour There seems to be a regular debate in sobriety circles on whether sobriety time counts while you are in prison. Some say your first day sober is your first day out of jail, others will count time while in jail. Here we look at both lines of reasoning and help you decide. …

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Seeing Yourself Sober

Benefits of developing a strong mental image of yourself as a non-drinker Pete Soderman, author of Powerless No Longer A few years ago, when I decided to quit smoking following a major heart attack, one of the techniques that made it easier was seeing myself as a nonsmoker. I visualized a person with fresh breath, no …

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Carl Rogers on “The” Model

By Ted Alston, Volunteer Meeting Facilitator In 2005, William White and Martin Nicolaus wrote that SMART Recovery and other secular recovery groups “were influenced by the work of Carl Rogers and Albert Ellis”1. Ellis gave us the ABC Model and other tools. The influence of Rogers is less direct. I find the writings of Rogers …

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A Portable Lapse Prevention Plan

Randy Lindel, Facilitator, SMART Recovery Boston A “lapse” or a “slip” is a brief reengagement with your addictive behavior. Usually, you feel bad about it right afterwards, but weren’t able to successfully avoid it. Many lapses are triggered by unforeseen events. Some pressure just occurs out of the blue. It’s an important reminder that you …

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