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. 4, No. 5, September-October

12-Step Centers Can Handle Complex Cases: Behavioral Care Plans Can Yield Effective, Individualized Care
The traditional 12-Step based residential treatment center is evolving both to support scientific advances in addiction and to meet the needs of patients with co-occurring conditions. 12-Step principles provide a strong, cohesive framework for residential...
A Comprehensive Guide on Addiction's Complexities
Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Substance Use Disorders Nicholas R. Lessa and Walter F. Scanlon; John Wiley & Sons; Hoboken, N.J., (201) 748-6395; 2006; ISBN; 0-471-68991-2; softcover; 312 pages; $34.95 The authors of this guide to addiction's...
A Mother's Cry: A Professional's Experience Doesn't Diminish the Pain of Family Addiction, or the Questions
Today when I removed the mail from the box, a letter from my daughter fell from the pile of envelopes, advertisements, and junk mail. On the back of the envelope, INMATE was stamped in red ink. My daughter has been in custody since March 2005 for bank...
An Uncommon Healing Touch: A Medical Intuitive's Successes in Helping Addicts Have Caught Some Professionals' Attention
Kathleen Judge, a clinical social worker in private practice in Rutland, Vermont, describes herself as a "plain vanilla" therapist whose years of experience have taught her not to chase every treatment technique du jour. When she received mailings...
Are You Venturing outside the Lines?
This issue's main cover story on page 12 addresses a topic that not long ago would have found virtually no support in the mainstream treatment community: the idea of giving treatment clients the equivalent of cash rewards as an incentive for maintaining...
A Warm Embrace for Opiate Addicts
Alice Diorio credits methadone with saving her life. As the coexecutive director of the Opiate Dependence Resource Center (ODRC) in Brattleboro, Vermont, Diorio now tries to help others trying to recover from opiate addiction in finding the resources...
Balancing Disclosure and the Client Relationship
My July/August issue column covered interactions with the criminal justice system, reviewing how to handle subpoenas, search and arrest warrants, and a crime committed on program premises. This column continues to explore that relationship, covering...
Continuing Education Quiz
Earn continuing education credits by taking this quiz on the article that begins on page 18 of this issue. A grade of 70% or above will earn you a certificate of completion for two nationally certified continuing education hours. This is an open-book...
Exploring Substance Use's Role in Dementia: An Abuse History Could Inform Care for Some Elderly Patients
Perhaps the most difficult but necessary challenge for human service professionals is to question existing models of treatment. This is especially true when a more effective model is not yet available. Because of a conditioned passivity, individuals...
Extending the Professional Recovery Model: Better Outcomes Require the Kind of Aftercare Support Physicians and Pilots Receive
Strict adherence to continuing-care plans is crucial if the addiction field intends to improve recovery outcomes for those treated for chemical dependency. The responsibility for ensuring this adherence, and for the lack of adherence to date, rests...
For Indiana Center, Recovery Is Academic: Facility Takes Uncommon Step of Establishing Recovery High School
Sometimes the pursuit of a recovery vision can lead an addiction treatment organization to an unexpected but potentially rewarding destination. For the nationally known Fairbanks treatment organization in Indianapolis, improving recovery prospects...
Let's Talk about 'God': An Inclusive Approach to Spiritual Topics Fosters Healthy Group Interaction
The common space in which all religions appear to meet consists of two parts. First, there is an uneasiness that, reduced to its simplest terms, constitutes a sense that there is something wrong about us as we naturally stand. Second, there is a solution...
New Tools to Assist in Smoking Cessation
Everyone realizes the benefits that ensue when a longtime smoker is able to stop. Epidemiologic studies suggest that about one-third of smokers are nicotine-dependent (i.e., they have the brain reward system dysregulation associated with not being...
Programs Can Adjust to Wraparound Model
More communities are moving toward a wraparound model of care for youths, with a growing recognition of the need to redesign how services are provided to multi-stressed children and families. Adolescent substance abuse treatment programs need to be...
Some Resources to Assist in Dream Work
I am a counselor working in New Jersey, and have been in the addictions field for a little over three years. I make every effort to learn new tools in an attempt to help my clients maintain or reach sobriety. I have found that working with a client's...
Sounds of Silence
Perhaps the most common nightmare of the beginning group therapist is being confronted by the group's silence. This terror is based on the foundation of a myth that the therapist's job entails getting the group to talk. Ironically, since most addicts...
The Family Factor: A Form of Enabling in the Addict's Natural Support System Can Advance Genuine Recovery
I know about my son and his addiction better than he does," a tearful mother in my office stated several years ago. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I remember the power of her statement. Although she was crying, the woman was calm and incredibly self-assured....
Treatment with a Payoff: Tangible Rewards for Maintaining Abstinence Are Benefiting Some Programs and Clients
Both the general medical world and the insurance industry have used direct financial incentives to promote positive behavior change in individuals. While the concept has been slower to catch on in the addiction treatment community, a growing body of...

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