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What Is ©Get S-M-A-R-T?

So, what is ©Get S-M-A-R-T and why have we developed this program? I have been working with addictions for many years in courts, community agency settings, universities, and I have been struck by the number of people I have worked with that are frustrated, angry, defeated and hopeless with the system.  People reoffend and I…
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What Is A Therapeutic Education Program?

While Get S-M-A-R-T is NOT a treatment program, it IS a therapeutic education program, which makes it different from traditional lecture style classes.   Exercises are based on Motivational Interviewing strategies, positive psychology and cognitive behavioral theory.  The class title means Synthetics, Marijuana, Alcohol, Recreational, Trouble.  And the get Smart title does not refer to…
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New Approach To Substance Use Disorders

While Traditional Education provides solid information and educates people about risks and dangers of substance use, I believe they lack: 1. the approach to help people connect their personal experiences to their use, 2. addressing underlying mental health issues that contribute to use, and 3. qualified mental health and addictions counselors facilitating the classes. Therefore,…
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