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. 11, No. 6, November-December

A Complex Response to an Epidemic: Hazelden Sees Either Medications or 12 Step Alone as Irresponsible
The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Deaths from drug overdose, driven by the increase in prescription opioid abuse, now outnumber those caused by car accidents. Systematic changes in the approach to pain management, both in physician...
Addressing to Lerance in Patients and Families: Clinicians Can Help Clients Accept Newly Emerging Feelings
The word "tolerance" is an all-too-familiar concept in the addiction field. Persons with substance abuse problems are said to have a high tolerance to substances. They can consume large amounts of a substance and not appear impaired. Their families,...
A License to Be Happy
If there is one protective factor that's more important than all the others, its happiness--just as surely as despair, loneliness, emptiness, fear and frustration serve as risk factors. Happiness--true deep-down, love-of-life happiness--is within reach...
A Most Stigmatized Population: Clinicians Must Carefully Navigate Numerous Issues Facing Transgender Clients
A ddiction professionals are well aware of the controversy surround-ing diagnostic changes for addictive disorders in the DSM-5. Some are not aware, however, of an equally vociferous controversy regarding the diagnosis of gender identity disorder (GID),...
A Winding Spiritual Path
Raised in a strict Jewish household but then living For years as what he describes as a largely non-spiritual cynic, Mitch Feld continues on an intriguing journey that has returned to faith. Now an ordained rabbi in South Florida who offers spiritual...
Back to Basics to Prevent Relapse: The 12 Steps Remain the Most Powerful Tool to Help Chronic Relapsers
Jessica has been given every opportunity to get sober. Her parents got her help as soon as they realized she had a problem. She has visited numerous detox centers, the best treatment centers in the country and highly respected sober living programs,...
Counselors, You Are Called to Serve: Clinicians Should Not Fear That They Cannot Relate to Military Veterans
The addicted wounded warrior needs your help. You have the knowledge, the interest, and the skill set needed to provide clinical care for former military personnel battling co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction. [ILLUSTRATION...
Five Sisters Ranch: Petaluma, California
When the founder of Five Sisters Ranch, Nancie Brown, says that the residential programs environment is "non-toxic," she means it in a few different ways. Lori Jean Glass, program director, says while treating relationship challenges for women and...
Give Yourself a Do-Over Professionally: Practice Good Self-Care, and Accept What You Get in Life
If my life as an addiction professional were a do-over, there are many things I'd do differently, especially in the area of self-care. We speak about self-care a lot, but frankly, we don't even know how to spell the word. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Inroads on Opioid Dependence?
Alcohol remains the most prevalent substance of abuse in our society, but opioids continue to cause the most consternation among treatment providers who have shown increasing unrest over disappointing outcomes. Our main cover story on page 14 and the...
The Opioid Menace Lives On: Programs Throw Multiple Approaches at an Opioid Dependence Problem with Significant Staying Power
The names of emerging drug threats come and go, but for years now opioid dependence lias remained the most prevalent and puzzling issue being addressed and analyzed in the nations public and private drug treatment facilities. Some communities continue...
The Pursuit of New Technologies Continues
Urinalysis far and away remains the leading mode of drug testing in addiction treatment facilities and other settings, but the potential establishment of additional alternative technologies beyond those already in use continues to be on the industry's...