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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


Definitions some may find powerful and useful: Addiction is where one modifies one’s values to align with one’s behavior Recovery is where one modifies one’s behavior to align with one’s values. Think about it


McMindfulness This is an interesting recent critique which adds new emphasis to the dangers of McMindfulness. The following was originally posted by Bill Abbott on 7/27/2014 at 9:16 AM Warning. This article alerts us to a very real concern: My concern here, as echoed in the article, is that as the mindfulness movement sweeps the United Continue Reading