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Happy New Year and welcome to our new Insiders+ IMPACT Newsletter


Thanks to amazing feedback from Insiders like you, we will now publish our newsletters on a bi-monthly basis! That means more rich media content including essays, the latest on addiction research, videos, Insiders+ interviews, book and film reviews, recovery-related news, Top-10 Lists, our new YouTube show Insiders+ ACCESS, and much much more.


It’s content that can grab your attention, make you think, provoke debate, entertain, inspire, connect you to the larger world of recovery, and shows how SMART Recovery plays such a vital role in helping people everywhere lead Life Beyond Addiction.


But Insiders+ is also about hearing from you, our community. So we invite you to share your points of view on our content, participate in polls, take surveys, submit Top-10s, and answer cool recovery-related questionnaires. We’ll publish the results and learn a lot from one another in the process.


Your voice matters. Your experience and knowledge matter. So we also invite you to submit your own content ideas, written work, and videos that we can feature in our upcoming newsletters. As the new Editor, we're committed to engaging with all of you directly, anytime, all the time, about anything.  Just email us at: insiders@smartrecovery.org and I’ll get back to you ASAP.


Meanwhile, enjoy our latest IMPACT Newsletter, and thanks for being part of the SMART Insiders+ Program!

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Psychedelics often get a bad rap, which is unfortunate because they have been shown in clinical trials and many peer reviewed scientific studies to have very promising potential in the treatment of addiction and aid in long-term recovery. I wanted to know more so I decided to turn myself into the ultimate SMART Recovery psychedelic lab rat!

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Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), recently published an article in Health Affairs Magazine that many in the recovery community consider "a game changer" in how it challenged received wisdom and old assumptions in the treatment of addicted individuals. In this Insiders+ First Look on-camera interview, Dr. Tom Horvath, co-founder of SMART Recovery, assesses the article's impact and how it may change the face of the recovery landscape forever.

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The multi-billion-dollar video console, multi-player online, and esports industries are built on ever-bigger thrills, more kills, treasures, conquests, higher scores, and ever-longer play times. In this premiere episode of our new Insiders+ ACCESS video series, host Luke Frazier talks to "Alex" about how video games become an all-consuming addiction beginning at age 2, and how SMART helped eventually restore balance in his life.

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Sex addiction can be a serious problem that some people would rather not talk about. But not Dr. Ashley Grinonneau. She is the founder and co-owner of Ohio Center for Relationship and Sexual Health in Cleveland, Ohio.  With a doctorate in marriage and family therapy and a certified sex therapist, in this podcast she talks about how the sexual intimacy conversation changes with each generation, how to achieve a healthy sexual life, and much more.

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Do we all have Free Will? Or are we all meat-puppets of fate?  Do we choose our addictions? Or do our addictions choose us?  Let’s take a look now in this fun segment of REALITY CHECK hosted by YouTube recovery celebrity kittie KaBoom.

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Insiders+ Essay Corner

Alcohol, drugs, and their associated cravings, “maladaptive” behaviors, addictions (major, or “micro”), substance use disorders - however we choose to label these things - they’re all really familiar to all of us (whether we’re in active recovery or not). And that’s probably because indulging in substances has been part of the human story itself for millennia.


The process of fermenting alcohol started thirteen thousand years ago in Georgia (the modern-day country, not the state), and went hand-in-hand with the adoption of agriculture by every civilization ever since. Ever wonder how the Egyptians built the pyramids? Easy. They paid their workers in beer...

Email us your thoughts, or fill out this brief questionnaire...

Is addiction just an isolated problem, a behavioral aberration? Or is it part of the overall human condition? Feel free to answer these and other questions and tell other Insiders what you think.

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Insiders+ Inspiration


Music can uplift and inspire, and this is especially true for people in recovery. Lyrics of certain songs can often speak to our own experiences of struggle, hope,

perseverance, and victory.

 

So, we’re compiling our very own Insiders+ Recovery Playlist!

Please contribute by sending in your own playlist suggestions to:

 insiders@smartrecovery.org  

 

Tell us what the songs meant to you and how they helped in your or a friend's recovery.
 

In the meantime, here are our Insiders+ Staff Top-5 Favorites:


SOBER - P!nk


P!nk, born Alecia Beth Moore in 1979, is an American singer known for a raspy voice, theatrical stage performances, and honest, hard-hitting lyrics about difficult subjects. Luckily she has no difficulty when it comes to her own sobriety (gave up drugs in 1995)...

Recovery Life Hacks

A delicious mocktail recipe for a Shirley Ginger. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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SHIRLEY GINGER

4 cups Brooklyn Crafted Lemon Lime Ginger Beer
1 cup Club Soda
3 tbsp. Lime Juice
1/4 cup grenadine

 

Stir ginger beer, club soda, lime juice, and grenadine in a pitcher. Pour into tall glasses with ice. Garnish with lime rounds and or maraschino cherries.


Find more non-alcoholic recipes HERE.

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Do you have any motivational quotes or sayings you would like to share?

Email them to us at insiders@smartrecovery.org

QUESTIONS / COMMENTS / HELP

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