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. 4, July

Address Thoughts and Actions of Teens with Addicted Parents
Teens with alcoholic or drug-addicted parents (or other adult caregivers) have many characteristics of children of alcoholics, yet also some distinctively their own. At times adolescents display remarkable resilience and it can be difficult to spot...
A New Prescription for Treatment
The enthusiastic response to our January 2005 cover story on medication treatments for alcohol dependence confirmed our professional readers' interest in broadening treatment options. In this issue (page 14), Kathryn Foxhall follows up with a look...
A Tool for Demonstrating the Value of Treatment
Treating people with alcohol and other drug abuse problems is hard work. I could never do it. I don't have the skills or the patience. Having been the state alcohol and drug abuse director in three states over 26 years, I at times became frustrated...
Body Image a Critical Factor in Treatment of Adolescent Girls
For adolescent girls, a healthy body image is one of the most important ingredients for success--both in the treatment and prevention of substance abuse. With very few female-only programs available, and counselors drawing upon research that focuses...
Buprenorphine May Not Be 'The Latest' for Long: More Rx Options Could Help Build Office-Based Treatment of Opiate Addiction
Charles R. Schuster, Ph.D., director of the substance abuse division at Wayne State University's medical school, runs a survey funded in response to congressional concern that buprenorphine, the newest medication available in the U.S. to treat opiate...
Coaching Recovery with Families and Significant Others
It is widely accepted in the addiction treatment community that the ravages of addiction affect those close to the using person in a myriad of ways. The pain, embarrassment, degradation and sense of loss experienced by families and significant others...
Common Factors in the Development and Treatment of a Gambling Disorder
Today, legal gambling flourishes in every state except Utah and Hawaii, and in every Canadian province. While gambling generates important economic benefits, there is no question that it also carries certain costs; the most frequently cited is the...
Continuing Education Quiz
Earn continuing education credits by taking this quiz on the article that begins on page 14 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...
Credentialing vs. Education: Workforce Development of Addiction Counselors
The workforce development recommendations for addictions counselors are being prepared. U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden (D.-Del.) has recently introduced the "Health Professionals Substance Abuse Education Act" in the Senate, and Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy...
Do I Want to Be a SAP?
Professionals in the addiction field have frequently called themselves "substance abuse professionals." In 1995, this term took on specific meaning for employers and employees in transportation, pipeline and hazardous-material industries covered by...
Dynamics Differ When Group Is Mandated to Participate
Dear Dr. Roth, My name is Matthew Tomatz and we spoke briefly at the recent AGPA (American Group Psychotherapy Association) conference. I also thoroughly enjoyed and learned from a workshop that you co-facilitated at last year's conference and your...
Harm Reduction and Traditional Treatment: Shared Goals and Values
In reading an article by James Balmer and Jason Schwartz in the November 2003 issue of Addiction Professional, we found ourselves in great agreement with much of what they wrote, but also chagrined to find that they persist in many misunderstandings...
One Day at a Time: Implementing Integrated Treatment at a Large Behavioral Health Agency
Fifteen years ago, our treatment agency first brought in a speaker to talk about the importance of dual diagnosis. MICA (Mentally Ill, Chemically Abusing) clients were more common than clinicians realized, the speaker said. Dual diagnosis was an important...
Patient Assessment and Selection for Buprenorphine Treatment
Laura F. McNicholas, M.D., Ph.D., says buprenorphine is not a difficult medication to manage in patients, and she should know. McNicholas is a clinical associate professor in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Center...
Searching for a Message to Unite Professionals and the Public
As challenging as it may have been over three years to bring leading addiction organizations to consensus on the need for a unified public education and action campaign, these groups' leaders are becoming aware that the hardest work still lies ahead....
The 'P, Pu, Puh' Story, and Other Reflections
It was a scene right out of the TV show "The Wonder Years," and it marked my adolescent moment of abject mortification. "Mr. Greaney," 9th-grade biology teacher Leo Palmero began ever so innocently. "What is the male sex organ?" [ILLUSTRATION...
The Supervisor's Effort Assists the Client
Does effective clinical supervision lead to positive client outcome? It seems logical that it does; however, studies that correlate client outcome to effective clinical supervision, with regard to successful long-term changes and a sustained alcohol-...
'Treatment' Alone Falls Short of Goal
Treatment works as far as it reaches, because "it is an intervention," not an assurance that the mind, body or soul will be healed afterwards. What I believe has become the untruth is that alcoholism or drug addiction must be "treated" under the biomedical...