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. 5, No. 3, May-June

Assistance in Adopting New Practices: An ATTC Turns Its Attention to Process Issues in Evidence-Based Practice
You've been there: You just finished participating in a great training on a new clinical intervention, and you're enthusiastic and committed to trying it with your clients. Although there wasn't much time for skill-building, you have lots of notes...
Barriers to Medication Use: Myths, Money, and Management
In my years of chemical dependence counseling and teaching at the collegiate level, I have encountered many people who have not only heard myths about chemical dependency and counseling, but who also believe these myths without question. Blind belief...
Continuing Education Quiz
Earn continuing education credits by taking this quiz on the article that begins on page 34 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...
Don't Shut out Contact outside of the Group
In the March/April issue I offered an overview of boundaries in group psychotherapy. Examining some of these boundary issues in more detail, this column takes a look at the various boundaries that have been applied to contact outside of the group,...
Evidence-Based Practices: Avoid Impulse Buying
Picture this: I have decided I am going to buy a house. I mean, I think I want a new house; most of my friends and family members have one and they tell me: "It's a buyer's market. Buy now before it's too late." So I am buying a house. I decide...
Is Pathological Gambling an 'Addiction'?
Pathological gambling has been described as a chronic and progressive mental illness. The disorder is rather common, estimated to affect 1 to 2% of the population and roughly 4 to 6% of all gamblers, with younger gamblers perhaps at higher risk for...
It's Hard to Resist the Optimism
It would take some doing to recall a prior time that offered the kind of convergence of circumstances that is making so many people feel bullish about the addiction field's long-term health right now. Sure, media attention in the past has made addiction...
Let 'Em Work, Let 'Em Live: Workshop Sessions Can Help Clients Overcome Barriers to Employment
Employment poses one of the major challenges for addiction clients. Clients oftentimes have criminal histories or have experienced lapses between jobs and have difficulty knowing how best to fill out a job application or speak with a potential employer...
Recovery's Campaign Manager
As a young Rhode Island state legislator rising in the ranks, Tom Coderre lived a fast-paced life in the public eye. This made it inevitable that when Coderre suffered a downfall caused by cocaine addiction, this would be played out publicly as well....
Rosecrance Serenity Garden: Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus
When Rosecrance Health Network opened its Griffin Williamson adolescent treatment campus in 2004, program leaders knew that a serenity garden built on six acres would contribute to the healing community they sought to establish. What they found ended...
Seek a Balanced Approach to Medications
Many substance abuse treatment programs are still struggling to identify the best role for medications in their clients' treatment plans. Arguing that medication in and of itself is good or bad is as ridiculous as arguing whether sunshine is good or...
The Pursuit of Recovery: Counselors Can Help Homeless Individuals Embark on a Healing Path
Hiding behind his hands. This is what Jimmy would resort to whenever anyone's attention drew close to him. Bent over, covering his face so that no one would see him, Jimmy displayed an apparent shyness that seemed a bit awkward for a 59-year-old man....
Wearing Recovery on One's Sleeve: Research Examines the Potential of Biomonitoring Technology to Prevent Relapse
While there have been many advances in the treatment of addiction, relapse remains a common problem. (1,2) Research indicates that 25 to 50% of people who have undergone addiction treatment moved back and forth between periods of abstinence and heavy...