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Bill and Joe speak about SMART on “The Humanist Hour” talk show

Bill and Joe spoke with Bo Bennett on “The Humanist Hour” talk show about SMART Recovery. You can listen to and/or download the podcast via:  From their website: The Humanist Hour is a monthly one-hour talk show produced by the American Humanist Association. Co-hosted by Kim Ellington and Bo Bennett, every episode explores a different area Continue Reading

Book Review of Vodka Politics

Book Review of Vodka Politics by Ted Alston, SMART Recovery facilitator There is much play on the word “power” in discussions of addiction and recovery. Labor under the heavy influence of alcohol can propagate disempowering serfdom, and powerful tyrants have deliberately or unwittingly manipulated people into becoming addicted consumers. Accordingly, there are generally important lessons Continue Reading

Paired Recovery

PAIRED RECOVERY By Bill Abbott and Suzy W., Facilitators at McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA Suzy and I are facilitators for both regular SMART Recovery® meetings and a Family and Friends meeting. This time we write about Family and Friends. Our Family and Friends meeting was started in January 2013. We call the participants who attend, Continue Reading


Spirituality is considered by many to be an important component of SMART Recovery. And especially in living a balanced and hence better life. Does spirituality complement the science-basis of the SR program? At the outset let it be clearly stated that although SMART Recovery does support that the concepts of spirituality can be an important Continue Reading

More Psychobabble

The following is an example of the lousy science I so often criticize in the psychiatry literature. It’s adding complexity over and over again. And to be honest smacks of attempts to create more business for people already hurting in a field that has lost its way. Psychiatrists have given up their real asset- talk Continue Reading