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. 2, No. 6, November

Clergy and Sexual Boundaries: Addiction and Sexual Orientation Issues
While listening to the news a few years ago during the outbreak of the expose of sexual abuse scandals in the Boston Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church, I happened to look up at the television screen as an accused priest was brought into a courtroom...
Do More Than Care: Be an Advocate
After I started to write about the addiction treatment profession, it didn't take me long to realize that its best and brightest face unenviable circumstances daily. Trying to treat an illness with layers that are only just becoming understood, within...
Healing Emotional Wounds: Substance Abuse and Feelings
Michael sat across from me fidgeting in his chair. He was eight days clean and sober off marijuana and alcohol when he first came to see me. He'd been trying to do 90 in 90, but the fear and shame he felt at announcing himself as a newcomer after having...
Managing Pain with Coexisting Addictive Disorders: Providers Must Avert Danger of Pain Mistreatment
In 1999 there were approximately 86 million Americans suffering from chronic pain. In 2003 the number increased to over 117 million adults living with pain of at least a level 4 on a 0-to-10 pain scale--about a 35 percent increase. Chronic pain is...
Methadone for Pain: A Growing Problem
On Jan. 23, 2004, Nadine shared with me some of the things she'd been doing: regular visits to prisons, sharing her belief in God and telling her story to recovering addicts; biweekly attendance at church and 12-Step meetings; and riding her brand...
New Ways of Selling Alcohol: Do They Increase Alcoholism?
Some things seem to get worse just as they are getting better. Recent surveys have suggested a national reduction in drunk-driving deaths, and greater public awareness of alcohol's negative effects. But lately the alcohol industry and some entrepreneurs...
Personal Mission Statements Challenge Clients to Be Remarkable
While browsing in a clothing store recently, I asked the clerk if I could put the clothes I'd selected on hold. She replied, "Our store's policy is not to do that, but I'll ask the assistant manager if we can make an exception for you." She walked...
Stress: The Hidden Risk of Relapse
An exciting development in addiction treatment is the integration of stress management into the treatment and recovery process. The relationship between acute stress reactions, denial and treatment resistance is becoming clear. As stress goes up, so...
The Future of Addiction Services: It's in the Science; NIDA Director: Pace of Discovery Opens New Treatment Frontiers
Why do some children begin experimenting with substance use as early as age 8 or 9, and can a prevention strategy specifically target this vulnerable subset of young people? Will a pharmaceutical company soon introduce a medication to combat marijuana...
To Be a Better Counselor, Go Back to Basics
I'm not as good a counselor or group therapy leader as I would like to be, and I've learned that trying too hard may be part of my problem. During a recent group therapy session, I realized that my mind was so busy trying to be helpful that I had...
We Can Unite on Need for Public Education Campaign to Combat Discrimination
Nearly everyone in the addiction field can agree on a couple of issues. The first is that more funding is needed for prevention, treatment, individual and family recovery support services, research and education. The second is that addiction is a stigmatized...
Weighty Matters during Recovery (Third in a Series): Unhealthy Eating Behaviors Can Impede Client Progress
The patterns of psychological and emotional recovery from substance abuse are similar regardless of the substance of choice. Stimulant drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine along with the nicotine from smoking tobacco are often used to curb appetite...
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