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. 5, September

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Don't Miss These Exciting Events!!! PIT Training Pia Mellody, Senior Fellow, and The Meadows' Staff From Pia Mellody's many years of working with addiction and trauma, she developed a system that helps the individual accept that childhood...
A Partnership in Healing: Women's Treatment That Considers Childhood Sexual Abuse
Childhood sexual abuse trauma is a primary causal factor identified in studies that link symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD) for women. Given the relationship between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and SUD,...
A Satisfying Summer Refreshment
A pleasant breeze was apparent for much of the summer, and it had nothing to do with sun-splashed days at the shore. Call it a wind shift in favor of some long-awaited cooperation. The pivotal weekend for this new pattern occurred June 4-6, when...
Avoid the Perils of 'Instrument Abuse': Good Tools Badly Used Can Harm Clients
INSTRUMENT: a means whereby something is achieved, performed, or evaluated. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ABUSE: to put to a wrong or improper use. No matter how well-constructed, an instrument can be "abused" or misused. This typically takes the...
Becoming Skilled in MI: Rewards and Challenges
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a counseling style that's generating a great deal of "buzz" lately. For good reason. Randomized clinical trials using MI with real-world clients have provided substantial evidence that MI reduces client resistance,...
Continuing Education Quiz
Earn continuing education credits by taking this quiz on the article that begins on page 28 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...
Ditch the Label of 'Untreatable'
I suspect that the one thing that frustrates addiction professionals most is the stigma around addiction. All addicts, recovering or not, seem lumped into the same mold by society. But what about the possibility that we may also contribute to the stigma?...
Don't Overreact to a Client's Dream of Using
I was surprised your article didn't mention dreams of using. Please give me some info on this, as many of my clients do dream of using. I tell them it is part of the using recovery, but really haven't the slightest idea how these dreams are useful....
How Therapy Can Reinforce Spiritually Based Healing
The Spirituality of Sobriety: Finding the Spiritual Awakening in Recovery from Alcoholism Gregg D. Awakened Recoveries, Richmond, Mass. (www.awakened-recoveries.net), 2003. ISBN: 0-9754106-0-1. Paperback, 201 pages. Based on personal experience,...
Integrating Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change in Addiction Counseling
Resistant to using a new online travel system, I called for help. The assistant listened to my complaints and responded in the language of Motivational Interviewing. I calmed down and began to make the changes necessary to work this system. When the...
Learn How Process Works through Group Relations Conference
I hope that you enjoyed my last column on mandated treatment, inspired by the letter from Matthew Tomatz. Since I am writing each column at the same time that the previous one appears in print, I understand that further letters may not show up in my...
Recovery Plans Must Attack Tobacco Dependence
A raging epidemic is maiming and killing our clients, both those who continue to be active in their addictions to alcohol and other drugs and those who are in successful recovery. The scourge is tobacco dependence, and it results in more deaths than...
Restoring Hope in Substance-Using Teens with Learning Disabilities
Warren was a 17-year-old high school senior who had been diagnosed as "high-functioning Asperger's." He started smoking pot at the beginning of 11th grade. Ten days prior to our first meeting, he had tried to commit suicide by overdosing on an over-the-counter...
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The Gift of Change: Moving from Deficits to Empowerment
Treatment of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) for adolescents has changed over the years. This is greatly due to the increased research specific to adolescent development, as well as enhanced knowledge gained from those working with teens and their families....
Therapeutic Use of Opioids in Recovering People
I'm told by some of my clinical colleagues that there is still a lot of misunderstanding about the use of opioids for treatment of chronic pain, and whether people become "addicted" to such medicines with long-term use. The concept of "addiction...
Use Program Discharges as Chance to Look Inward
Q. "How many counselors does it take to change a light bulb?" A. "Only one, but the light bulb has to really want to change!" This old joke about counselors reflects an old way of looking at things. It's the idea that we can't really be of help...
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