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. 3, No. 2, March

A Field That Could Use Some Doctor Shopping: Can Addiction Be a Viable Medical Subspecialty?
Too much stigma, too little cash. That's the general consensus among leaders in the addiction psychiatry arena to explain an unfortunate lack of new recruits into the addiction subspecialty. Witness these comments: * "It is what it is. You can't...
Changing Negative Motivation to Positive Motivation
Both negative and positive motivation can be very helpful to our clients, but developing positive motivation is a prerequisite of quality sobriety. When we are negatively motivated, we move away from something we are averse to. We try as best we...
Client Tracking and Technology
Webster's dictionary defines the word "tracking" as: "The act or process of following the trail of a person or animal." When most people think of tracking in our industry, they likely think of tracking software. Software certainly has its place....
Continuing Education Quiz
Earn continuing education credits by taking this quiz on the article that begins on page 33 of this issue. A grade of 70 percent or above will earn you a certificate of completion for two nationally certified continuing education hours. This is an...
Designing Effective Youth Prevention Programming
There are countless articles on developing effective youth drug and alcohol prevention programs available to educators and program developers. Most are in agreement on several key issues that, when followed, will lead to developing a curriculum that...
From the Nursing Community: All Roads Lead to the Consortium
In 1987, Randy Bryson, the nurse manager of an adolescent chemical dependency program in Eugene, Ore., became increasingly frustrated with the way the general hospital was stigmatizing chemically dependent patients. "It was as though they weren't seen...
Getting Started: Understanding a Birth Process
Hello, again. Because I am talking to you through the medium of print, I am writing this column for the March issue before you have seen my first column in the January issue. Therefore, I want to remind us that I wish to use this column as a forum...
Inform Treatment by Understanding Gambling's Addictive Process
The psychodynamics of compulsive gambling can be described as a wave that evolves out of affect and moves into action. This "affect/action wave" (Diagram 1) carries the compulsive gambler away from unbearable feelings, and into the action of gambling....
Learning from the Kubler-Ross Grief Model
What's the first thing you think of when you hear the name Elisabeth Kubler-Ross? If you say "death and bereavement," you would be among the vast majority. The Swiss physician/researcher did seminal work on the grief process since her first book in...
Take a Crash Course in Your Clients' Support Groups
A popular textbook on addiction and its treatment (Kinney, 2003: Loosening the Grip, 7th edition) makes the following suggestion to the addictions counselor-to-be: "You are strongly urged to attend a variety of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings ..."...
The Dream Zone: A Helpful Tool in Counseling
Traditional addiction work has not normally recognized or at least has not emphasized the use of dreams. Use of dreams in addiction work, with some clients, is extremely helpful. I have been working with clients' dreams for many years and have found...
The Three P's: A Place, a Purpose, and People
We often have extreme difficulty identifying what our needs are vs. our "wants." When that succulent, butter-drenched piece of crab flashes across my TV screen, I most definitely want to sink my teeth into the juicy meat. My children take it a long...
Trends in Counseling Challenge Profession, but There Are Positives
The world is rapidly changing, from technology to terminology. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow. Counselors in the alcohol and drug abuse field must adapt to this changing environment to survive and thrive in the future. Some of us believe...