Addiction Professional

Published seven times a year, Addiction Professional is the addiction treatment and prevention field's clinical magazine outlining what is working in services for people with addictive disorders. Addiction Professional features articles and opinion columns.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1, January-February

A Helping Hand in Recovery
From an open hand reaching out with palm up, to hands clasped together, to open hands holding an acorn, Sam T. Barnes has sculpted 12 bronze hands representing each step along the way to recovery. For his meticulous efforts, the retired orthopedic...
A Warning Signal about Tests' Integrity
If drug testing is to be an effective and integral component of the effort to prevent substance-related harms, every element of the testing sequence must be considered reliable and must be considered reliable and must provide reasonable defense against...
Clues to Intervention for Methamphetamine Addicts: Similarities with Traumatic Brain-Injured Patients Speak to the Need for Realistic Treatment Approaches
In working with addicts newly engaged in abstinence from methamphetamine use, I have found similarities to individuals exhibiting not a pattern of addiction, but rather a symptom cluster often associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms...
Electronic Health Records' Benefits for Addiction Treatment
The popularity of electronic health records (EHRs) has reached a pinnacle. EHRs are a topic of national debate, presidential candidates' platforms, and editorials in major newspapers. Trade show agendas, once dedicated solely to clinical, advocacy,...
Evaluating the 'Hard-Core Drinking Driver': Illinois Prioritizes the Identification of Offenders Who Need Services the Most
A Icohol-related fatalities have significantly decreased over the past 25 years, but alcohol-impaired driving continues to kill more than 17,000 individuals per year--accounting for 40% of all traffic fatalities. (1) Sustained public education campaigns...
Get on the Same Page with Regulators
The relationship between treatment providers and regulatory agencies is too important to be allowed to be reduced to an "us versus them" mentality. For every time program staff has been frustrated by a bureaucratic obstacle to high-quality care, a...
Getting the Most out of Meetings: Clinicians Can Give Patients These 12 Tips for 12-Step Success
Ted Williams was one of the greatest hitters ever to play baseball. It is said he could read the stitches on a ball traveling more than 90 mph. Yet it's rumored that his first attempt at hitting a golf ball was a complete failure. He missed it completely--several...
How Are Physicians Influencing Treatment?
Fueled by the availability of easily administered alcohol and drug assessment instruments, along with new financial incentives to use them, generalist physicians appear more poised than ever to play a pivotal role in treating problem substance use....
Teens and Cravings: Understand Their Perspective: Clinicians Can Help Youths by Addressing the Multiple Dimensions of Craving
In one adolescent treatment group the discussion topic was: "What is your decision today about future use: Quit? Continue? Haven't decided any thing yet?" One teen answered this way: "What I want to know is, how do you stop the cravings?" The counselor's...
Thinking and Acting Ethically: Case Scenarios Uncover Ethical Dilemmas That Haven't Been Given Due Attention in the Field
In Part 1 of this two-part article (November 2007 issue) I presented a brief history of bioethics and wrote about how one particular approach to ethical decision-making, pragmatic bio-ethics, might be applied to help resolve ethical dilemmas in addiction...
Willingway Hospital
Administrators at many residential treatment centers will tend to say they want to create a home-like environment for patients. But at Willingway Hospital in Statesboro, Georgia, the notion of home is more intertwined into the fabric of the organization...