Larry J. Smith is an Advanced Level Licensed Addiction Counselor, lecturer, public speaker and author. Larry is a retired United Airlines Captain and USAF Fighter Pilot and Transport Pilot. He is licensed to fly the Boeing 727, 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777. He has logged over 21,000 hours of flying time and has endured more than 1000 crossings over the Pacific Ocean. As a recovering alcoholic and addict, Larry uses his experience, strength and hope along with his advanced education to guide people in recovery.
His newest book Flight to Transformation is now available.
Larry and his wife Lori founded Get Real Recovery Inc. in April of 2011 and operated it until May of 2019. They now operate Recovery Consultants, Inc. based in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2010, Larry published a goal setting and journaling guide for people in recovery. The book is titled: Captain Larry Smith’s Daily Life Plan Journal and is endorsed by TV's Dr. Drew Pinsky and renowned addiction psychiatrist Joseph Pursch, MD.
His presentations titled; Reclaiming the Hijacked Brain and Positive Psychology in Addiction Treatment, have been featured at state and national conferences. Larry has been the main speaker three times in the last two years for the monthly Lifelines Event at Crossroads Church in Costa Mesa, CA.
Larry enlisted in the Air National Guard at the age of 17. He was commissioned in 1974 and retired after 23 years of service in the USAF Reserves. Larry graduated Cum Laude from the University of Toledo majoring in Business Management and Psychology. Larry has completed the course in Holistic Healing at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego, CA.
I will break my lifelong pattern of secrecy and silence. I will blow the whistle on denial. The denial network in many individuals and families is intricate and far-reaching. People in their desperation to put forth the best possible face to the outside world often will covertly cover up...Read
The cursory interpretations of the words empowerment and vulnerability imply opposite connotations. It is easy to associate vulnerability with being fragile, weak, or susceptible to emotional pain – which indeed it is. Nevertheless, taking the risk to expose one’s vulnerability opens...Read
There is a term, “treatment-savvy”. It refers to the experience gained by people who have been through multiple treatment programs and, therefore, know the answers to all the questions, are familiar with every treatment technique, and can sail through any protocol you throw their way – in...Read
"In every life, there comes some trouble; when you worry you make it double. Don't worry, be happy!” Bobby McFerrin, 1988 Definition of Happiness: State of wellbeing characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. In essence, there is a distinct difference between the memory...Read
By Larry Smith, CAS “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our...Read
Reclaiming the Hijacked Brain: Part II By Larry J. Smith, CAS II (Continued from Aug. ’13 issue) This graphic illustrates the neurological progression that takes place from the initial event of using through the entire addictive process. The hijacking takes place as...Read
Reclaiming the Hijacked Brain: Part 1 Written By: Larry Smith On February 3, 1999, I was arrested in my home for possession of cocaine and crack cocaine. The local TV news channels in Toledo, Ohio, had a field day covering my arrest and arraignment. Many people found it appalling that...Read
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