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. 4, No. 1, January-February

Addiction Field Leaders Assert Their Position
The Partnership for Recovery, a coalition of some of the most nationally recognized providers of addiction treatment services, was out making media calls even before the official early November release of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) long-awaited...
Calling a New Generation of Leaders: Frontline Professionals Don't Need to Feel Ready in Every Capacity to Get Involved
A generational passing is unfolding in the addiction treatment community. The field's long-tenured leaders in policy development, administration, clinical supervision, clinical practice, research, education, and training are beginning to disengage...
Can Western Treatment Serve an Eastern Mind-Set? Leaders Offer Tips for Reaching Diverse Asian Populations
Asked about the factors that might make addiction treatment services for the Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) population different from those for other groups, Alan Shinn, MSW, executive director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii in Honolulu,...
Continuing Education Quiz
Earn continuing education credits by taking this quiz on the article that begins on page 22 of this issue. A grade of 70% or above will earn you a certificate of completion for two nationally certified continuing education hours. This is an open-book...
Depression 101 for Addiction Counselors
So many of our clients face the challenges of both addiction and depression that a working knowledge of depression has become a prerequisite for addiction counselors. Up to 25% of the population might have at least one lifetime episode of depression,...
Dreams of Another Are All about the Dreamer
I spoke with a coworker who has stated to me several times an interest in dream work. However, he has found it difficult to elicit clients' dreams during his sessions. After reading the March, May, and September 2005 columns in Addiction Professional,...
From 'Party and Play' to 'Clean and Safe': Setting Sexual Boundaries Becomes an Integral Part of Drug Treatment for Gay Men Addicted to Meth
Certain trends in our culture start on the coasts and work their way to the middle of the country, or start with specific groups of people and then work up to the general public. For example, methamphetamine has been around much longer than most people...
Growing Tomorrow's Leaders Is Today's Priority
Many years ago, when I was working as an alcohol and drug counselor in an inpatient setting, there were four of us working together, all in our 20s, who had just entered the counseling field. One day, our program director pulled us aside and said something...
Hugs, Not Drugs? A Reader's Question about Physical Contact May Speak to a Staff Group's Needs
Dear Dr. Roth, I work in a small mental health unit of a large hospital. I am educated and trained and specialize in addiction therapy, group dynamics, and group therapy. The group model of treatment is used on the unit, and includes medication...
Murky Definitions Cloud Moderate-Drinking Debate
The recovering community largely has been responsible for defining the term "alcoholic." To members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), anyone who believes him/herself to be powerless over alcohol is an "alcoholic." And any member who remains abstinent,...
New Center Maximizes Partnerships to Serve People with Addictions
Rooted in the 12-Step tradition while experienced in the latest treatment interventions for addictions and co-occurring disorders, the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) has brought structured, extended residential treatment...
Treatment Made Everything New
Jo Kernohan encountered plenty of occasions in which a caring hand could have helped her take a healthier path. Years before receiving a two-year prison sentence on a drug sales conviction in California, she was routinely spending short periods of...
When the Cameras Are Rolling: A Utah Wilderness Therapy Program Faced Conflicts When It Became a Reality TV Subject
Six teenagers, two staff members from the RedCliff Ascent program, and a camera crew are trekking across the frozen plateau in the southern Utah wilderness. The teens are part of a selected group from Great Britain. They are experiencing firsthand...