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. 10, No. 1, January-February

Accept No Substitutes
Those struggling with substance abuse can be remarkably creative when it comes to cheating on a drug test. They attempt the unthinkable--ingesting dangerous substances to mask the presence of drugs, or even using prosthetics filled with clean or synthetic...
A Medication Treatment: A Wisconsin Center Shares Its Keys to Integrating Vivitrol into a Treatment Program
In my 10 years of managing detox and treatment programs, I have had the pleasure of working with thousands of clients and hundreds of staff. In my leadership positions I have followed two directors who thought the way to the future was to eliminate...
A New Understanding of Recovery Residences: NARR Standards Delineate Residential Levels of Support
Recovery residences provide a vital tool for initiating; and sustaining long-term recovery. They are desirable in their emphasis on structure and community in a recovery setting, their service provision over an extended period of time, and their cost-effectiveness....
Her Lyrics Celebrate Sobriety
Singer/songwriter Elizabeth Edwards* lyrics capture milestones that resonate among those who have taken the recovery journey: the moment of clarity, the decision to surrender, the quest for progress but not perfection. Yet Edwards also has found that...
Lessons Learned at School: Recovery Academy's Experiences Offer Guidance for Improving All Adolescents' Prospects
Imagine if an adult alcoholic were discharged from treatment with post-treatment instructions to continue visiting his favorite tavern for after-work relaxation and support, yet with instructions to keep sober. Or imagine discharging an Oxy Contin-addicted...
Multiple Disabilities Multiple Strategies: Assisting the Cognitively Impaired Client Requires Patience from the Clinical Team
When a cognitive impairment compounds the effects of an individuals substance use disorder, no one type of treatment strategy is likely to produce enough of the desired outcome. Administrators of a treatment facility near Minneapolis that specializes...
Our Hero, Twice
It's not often society can claim one hero twice for different reasons. Washington and the nation lost just such a hero when Col. Lewis Melvin Schulstad was laid to rest in Tahoma National Cemetery. Col. Schulstad was 93. His passing garnered little...
Sex Addiction, Hypersexuality and the DSM
There will always be controversy-- as there should be-- when any forms of inherently normal human behaviors such as eating or sex are clinically designated as pathological. And while the power to "label" must always be carefully wielded to avoid turning...
Some New-Look Features for 2012
Just like a treatment center's administrative staff must determine whether and how the newest approaches can be incorporated into the traditional program, a magazine's editorial team needs always to remain mindful of readers' changing information needs....
The Ridge
Batavia Township, Ohio "You don't have to be miserable in recovery" explains the CEO and chief medical officer of The Ridge, a year-old residential treatment facility situated on an estate property about 25 miles from downtown Cincinnati. Jeffrey...
Your List for 2012: Leaders Advise Immersion Primary Care Integration, in Records
Changes to our national healthcare system are influencing addiction treatment providers in multiple ways. The one thing that we can count on, that is consistent, is that addiction treatment is absolutely necessary, but how it is to be provided is being...