SMART Recovery Sioux Falls https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org Discover the Power of Choice Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SMART for Life https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/smart-for-life/ Fri, 11 May 2018 12:37:50 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=533 The following video from SMART Recovery is a half-hour introduction to the SMART Recovery program. We hope you’ll watch it to see what SMART Recovery is all about!

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The following video from SMART Recovery is a half-hour introduction to the SMART Recovery program. We hope you’ll watch it to see what SMART Recovery is all about!

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Why Is Quitting Smoking So Hard? https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/why-is-quitting-smoking-so-hard/ Sat, 05 May 2018 14:00:41 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=527 SMART Recovery is tailored to any addictive behavior. This includes smoking and nicotine addiction. As an ex-smoker who smoked for 25 years, Jerry Zeigler lived with a smoker father. His mother smoked until he was nine. Most of his adult relatives smoked. It was the social thing to do back then. Jerry despised his father’s ...read more

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SMART Recovery is tailored to any addictive behavior. This includes smoking and nicotine addiction. As an ex-smoker who smoked for 25 years, Jerry Zeigler lived with a smoker father. His mother smoked until he was nine. Most of his adult relatives smoked. It was the social thing to do back then. Jerry despised his father’s smoking. He was sick regularly from what could be now called second-hand smoke-induced bronchitis.
At 12, he began to indulge in smokeless tobacco amongst his peers. He was hooked! Five years later, he began smoking. He would use methods like switching from cigarettes to smokeless tobacco, going cold turkey, and slowing down whenever he was sick. There were times when he made it a week, a month, several months, and a couple of years. However, he always returned to the tobacco and its nicotine addictive properties.
In July of 2010, he had summer bronchitis. He got sick during the family vacation, the first one had had ever taken with his children. A week later, he went to his parents’ house with two of his three children with him. He coughed and blinked the whole way up there and back. On the way back, he decided to buy patches and gum for a smoke cessation program. He later went on to continue this for the first three months. In the meantime, a smoking ban ballot issue came up in his state. The ban passed, which helped to cement his success.
The difference this time was that he put it in his mind that tobacco was the worst thing he could ever put into his body. It smelled bad. It tasted bad. Ashtrays and cigarettes butts made him want to gag. The smoke smelled nasty. The point was to make his addiction negative-in-a-good-way so he wouldn’t have to have the urges to return to it. Today, he is getting close to eight years without using tobacco.
There are several of the SMART Recovery tools that can help you with this addiction, too. Use the Hierarchy of Values, the Urge Log, the Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), the ABC’s, and
DISARM and DEADS formulas. Also, since smoking is getting harder to do these days with state laws banning it from public places, government buildings, and health care centers, perhaps it could get phased out of existence before to long. Several of us in SMART Recovery have used the tools to quit the addiction of tobacco. We think you can, too!

Why is quitting smoking so hard?

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Co-Occurring Disorders: There Is Help Through SMART Recovery! https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/co-occurring-disorders-there-is-help-through-smart-recovery/ Fri, 04 May 2018 10:56:11 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=522 The definition of a co-occurring disorder is simply one whom has both an addiction and a mental illness. They go hand-in-hand with each other. The physiological aspect of mental illness means that it is genetic. People can live their entire lives without living with a mental illness, yet have the genes that they pass on ...read more

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The definition of a co-occurring disorder is simply one whom has both an addiction and a mental illness. They go hand-in-hand with each other. The physiological aspect of mental illness means that it is genetic. People can live their entire lives without living with a mental illness, yet have the genes that they pass on down to their children. For this, it takes an environmental trigger. This trigger can be perpetuated by drugs, alcohol, an addictive behavior, or a trauma. On the other hand, the use of drugs and alcohol can be the trigger that sets off the mental illness.
The biophysical side of a mental illness is that the neurons, or nerve cells, either don’t have enough or produce too much serotonin, dopamine, GABA, or GBH. This chemical imbalance can cause manic anxiety, panic attacks, severe depression, delusions, or hallucinations. When this happens, instead of getting a proper diagnosis due to cost or being prescribed medications also because of cost, people have the tendency to use drugs or alcohol, go on wild spending sprees, engage in risky sexual acts, etc.
Somehow, this acts upon the brain at times to self-correct the chemical imbalances of the brain–albeit temporarily. At times, the depression can get worse, even leading up to suicidal ideation. Other times, narcotic stimulants can heighten the anxiety disorders or cause more fearful hallucinations to the schizophrenic. When in recovery, these same people may avail themselves to behavioral therapy and medications once in recovery. SMART Recovery’s stance on psychotropic medications is one of acceptance.
There is hope. SMART Recovery’s tools can help with the co-occurring disorders you may be living with. As a person with an co-occurring disorder, one might find themselves more accepted about there illness as some of us went down that same road. With the REBT exercises to help with exchanging irrational beliefs with rational beliefs, our stance on psychotropic medications and behavioral therapy, and urge logs, the person with co-occurring disorders can live a rich, meaningful life.
Robin Williams, which the following quote is taken from, lived with bi-polar disorder. He used drugs until the mid-1980s. His drug and alcohol use made him one of the most famous comedians out there, but it also nearly killed him. He stopped when his son Zack was born. He remained sober most of his life past that. Unfortunately, he met death through suicide after learning he had the fatal disease Lewy body dementia in 2014. He is still very much missed today!

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Another Tool to Use We Call “My Safety Plan” https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/another-tool-to-use-we-call-my-safety-plan/ Fri, 04 May 2018 10:25:10 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=508 My Safety Plan is a five question recovery tool that can be used for a wide variety of personal struggles, whether related to addiction or just general well-being. We implore you to download and print this tool to use anytime an urge to use comes up, irrational beliefs spring into fruition, or whatever you need ...read more

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My Safety Plan is a five question recovery tool that can be used for a wide variety of personal struggles, whether related to addiction or just general well-being. We implore you to download and print this tool to use anytime an urge to use comes up, irrational beliefs spring into fruition, or whatever you need to do to help yourself get better!

My Safety Plan

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These Are the Alternatives to 12 Step Recovery and Other Literature One Can Read About Them! https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/these-are-the-alternatives-to-12-step-recovery-and-other-literature-one-can-read-about-them/ Thu, 03 May 2018 12:18:14 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=506 Recovery can be a hard road to follow. There have been several secular, evidence-based programs that have emerged since the inception of AA and its 12 Step model of recovery. SMART Recovery is one of them. Our stance is that people can succeed in whatever program they choose. Here is a list of alternative program ...read more

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Recovery can be a hard road to follow. There have been several secular, evidence-based programs that have emerged since the inception of AA and its 12 Step model of recovery. SMART Recovery is one of them. Our stance is that people can succeed in whatever program they choose. Here is a list of alternative program to 12 Step programs:

Alternatives to 12 Step Programs

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Why I Stopped Musturbating https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/why-i-stopped-musturbating/ Thu, 03 May 2018 12:10:04 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=500 The post Why I Stopped Musturbating appeared first on SMART Recovery Sioux Falls.

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This Addicted Mind Podcast Outlines the Tools of SMART Recovery! https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/this-addicted-mind-podcast-outlines-the-tools-of-smart-recovery/ Tue, 01 May 2018 10:24:07 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=497 Peter Finger from SMART Recovery was interviewed about SMART Recovery and its tools. Give it a listen, won’t you? Episode 23 – Getting Smart Using Smart Recovery Support Groups with Pete Finger

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Peter Finger from SMART Recovery was interviewed about SMART Recovery and its tools. Give it a listen, won’t you?

Episode 23 – Getting Smart Using Smart Recovery Support Groups with Pete Finger

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Director of SMART Recovery Sioux Falls Meets With Other Facilitators for REBT Training in Chicago! https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/director-of-smart-recovery-sioux-falls-meets-with-other-facilitators-for-rebt-training-in-chicago/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:50:23 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=494 In a national awareness for SMART Recovery Facilitators, Peter Finger set off on April 14th and 15th to Chicago to learn about Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) tools in a free session with 70 other facilitators from across the nation! A certificate of completion was given to all whom completed the training, thus reinforcing their ...read more

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In a national awareness for SMART Recovery Facilitators, Peter Finger set off on April 14th and 15th to Chicago to learn about Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) tools in a free session with 70 other facilitators from across the nation!
A certificate of completion was given to all whom completed the training, thus reinforcing their Facilitator training and skills.
Congratulations to Peter Finger for his dedication to the Sioux Falls Smart Recovery meetings!

Peter Finger and several others go through REBT Training held by SMART Recovery last month.

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First Study to Show Alternative Recovery Groups as Effective as AA https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/https-www-rehabs-com-pro-talk-articles-first-study-to-show-alternative-recovery-groups-as-effective-as-aa/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:37:03 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=490 First Study to Show Alternative Recovery Groups as Effective as AA

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First Study to Show Alternative Recovery Groups as Effective as AA

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SMART Recovery Sioux Falls’ New State Director, Peter Finger, Dedicates Life to Recovering From Addiction! https://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/smart-recovery-sioux-falls-new-state-director-peter-finger-dedicates-life-to-recovering-from-addiction/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:51:08 +0000 http://smartrecoverysiouxfalls.org/?p=486 In 2017, SMART Recovery Sioux Falls Wednesday evening meeting moved from Bartels Counseling to Face It Together Sioux Falls. SMART Recovery Family & Friends also moved with us from Bartels Counseling on Wednesdays nights to Tuesday evenings at Face It Together Sioux Falls. We are truly grateful for these two organizations being our hosts. Dave ...read more

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In 2017, SMART Recovery Sioux Falls Wednesday evening meeting moved from Bartels Counseling to Face It Together Sioux Falls. SMART Recovery Family & Friends also moved with us from Bartels Counseling on Wednesdays nights to Tuesday evenings at Face It Together Sioux Falls. We are truly grateful for these two organizations being our hosts. Dave Jansa, the rock of recovery in Sioux Falls, had been the state director for five years before passing it on to Peter Finger.

In 2018, after much decision and thought, Peter moved the Wednesday SMART Recovery Sioux Falls meeting to Choices Recovery, where we have begun a Friday afternoon meeting to make up for the now defunct Sunday evening meeting. Peter’s plan is to begin a third meeting in the future. He is also working on expanding our resources to having a post office box, getting us on the local Helpline, and getting people to become SMART Recovery Facilitators, so we can fulfill three meetings a week and have backup if the current two Facilitators need time off for vacations or other appointments.

I ask that you give our new State Director the honor he deserves, and thank him for all his hard work!

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