Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Join Us for These Friday Evening Kickoff Activities!

A comedy show, bonus keynote presentation, and a world premiere of a new short film featuring SMART Recovery!
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Dear Joseph, 

We are less than two weeks away from our 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference! 

We would be remiss if we didn't highlight the exciting kickoff activities happening Friday, September 20. (Find the activities listed below.) 

FYI, there's still time to registerToday is the last day to register to ensure materials, meals and giveaways. (Registration will remain open up until the conference.) 

Find the full weekend agenda, registration, and other details on the 2019 SMART Recovery National Conference website.

Hope to see you in Chicago! 
[NEW] Friday Evening Activity
Empowerment Comedy Hour with Ernie G!
Attendees who arrive on Friday are in for a real treat: In addition to kicking off Saturday morning, Ernie G will be performing a live comedy set for us on Friday night!

Join us from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. CDT to laugh along with Ernie G, comedian, corporate speaker, and mental health coach. Ernie G has appeared on TV shows such as Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” BET’s “Comic View,” Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star,” and the hit Comedy show  “QuΓ©Locos!” hosted by George Lopez.

Keeping clear of the rude and crude, Ernie G promises to not only tickle your funny bone but to inspire you too!

Planning to join us for the Friday evening comedy show? Let us know by registering at this link. Admission is free but registration is required.

[BONUS] Keynote Presentation
with Richard Saitz, M.D.
Words Matter: Addiction Terminology, Accuracy and Stigma 
We are honored to welcome Dr. Richard Saitz, M.D. for two keynote presentations during our conference weekend!
Join us on Friday evening for a bonus keynote, Words Matter: Addiction Terminology, Accuracy and Stigma.
This is a topic that Dr. Saitz is passionate about and we at SMART Recovery share his enthusiasm for changing the landscape in addiction terminology.
About Dr. Saitz: 
Dr. Saitz is chair and professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University (BU) School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at BU School of Medicine. He chaired the Treatment and Services review committee for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is associate editor of JAMA; editor-in-chief of Journal of Addiction Medicine.

World Premiere of Authentics
A New Film Featuring SMART Recovery in Its Storyline
We are excited to announce the world premiere of a new short film about addiction and recovery, Authentics, produced by Rising Act Films, and made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the Chris and Debbie Swain Charitable Foundation.

This year has seen the release of several major motion pictures on the subject of recovery, including Ben is Back starring Julia Roberts, Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell, and the upcoming A Million Little Pieces starring Billy Bob Thornton. What all these films have in common, however, is that they portray AA's 12-Steps Program as the only effective treatment option in their storylines.
What makes Authentics unique and groundbreaking is its focus on SMART Recovery as the basis of its narrative. 

The premiere will happen Friday evening during the kickoff dinner. You won't want to miss this!

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