Substance Abuse & Classic REBT Resources

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Overcoming Your Addictions

In this interview with Tanya MacIntyre of, we discuss how the core ideas of REBT\cbt assist people in overcoming substance misuse and addictions. We discuss vitally absorbing interests and finding meaning, realistic thinking, and the role of remorse and how it differs from unhealthy guilt. We discuss self-rating and self-devaluation are invalid ways of thinking and how serve to undermine a person’s effort to overcome problems like addictions. We touch on Smart Recovery, an alternative to AA that is based on the principles of REBT and cognitive behavior therapy. Listening to this can help you better understand REBT’s core ideas and how it can be applied to substance abuse and other problems of daily living. I would like to thank Tanya MacIntyre the founder of for the opportunity to discuss Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). I applaud her efforts to help others overcome their problems with addictions so that they can experience more pleasure and less pain in life.

Substance Abuse Support Group Based on REBT and Other Classic REBT Resources  

Smart Recovery is an approach similar to AA but quite different in many ways. Like AA, there are meetings to attend, many of which are online. Like AA, the meetings are conducted by people who have struggled and successfully addressed their substance abuse problems. However, unlike AA, it is based on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy ideas and strategies. It teaches you how to cope with urges to use substances, repair meaningful relationships, healthily cope with stress, and find meaning and happiness in ways other than substance abuse. You can attend the meetings even if you are still using and are interested in learning more about their powerful approach to overcoming your addiction. Below you will find a Smart Recovery video, and if you listen closely, you will see they are teaching the REBT ideas found on my website and originated by Dr. Albert Ellis. They discuss these ideas in the context of an individual looking for help with substance abuse problems, but these ideas are equally applicable to any one of us. Smart Recovery is a great organization. Anyone who is struggling with substance abuse and addiction would be well-advised to investigate it. In addition, you can profit from attendance at Smart Recovery meetings with or without participation in my REBT psychotherapy to help you overcome your problems with substance abuse and live a healthier and more rewarding life.​Note: I have no official relationship with Smart Recovery but suggest you investigate it so that you know of all the practical resources available to you to free yourself from the grip of substance abuse.