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. 10, No. 2, March-April

A Blended Strategy for Adolescent Males
Earn continuing education credits by taking this quiz on the article that begins on page 22 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...
A Blended Strategy for Adolescent Males: Aspects of Both Abstinence-Based and Harm Reduction Approaches Can Benefit Youths
According to a 2011 study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, substance use by teens is the most significant public heath problem in the United States. The CASA study found that 46% of all...
A Deluge of National Headlines
If public debates about the merits of drug testing and of testing technology have any role in shaping how testing is carried out in the addiction treatment and recovery communities, then a whole lot of opinion-making has been happening over the past...
A Losing Game for Some Older Adults
Medical science has given us greater longevity, but for many seniors that also means facing extended years combating loneliness, uncertain finances and age-related infirmities. For today's growing population of Baby Boom generation seniors, the recreational...
He Reaches His Contemporaries
Most of the milestones in Eric Spofford's life to this point, positive and negative, arrived quickly. He started drinking at age 11, moved to hard drugs by 15, dropped out of school the same year, found recovery at 22, started running the family business...
Is the Field's Passion Disappearing?
What is the life cycle of a movement? When does it go from being a movement to being mainstream? What are the benefits/consequences when it does ? Is there a way to avoid sacrificing passion for professionalism? When I started in this business nearly...
Many Ways to Get Involved with NCAD
In its comparatively brief existence, the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) has ushered in new discussions and debates for the treatment field and has even laid the groundwork for the formation of new professional groups in the addiction...
Masters of Iprovement: Two of the Largest Providers Are Pioneering Redefinitions of Effective Clinical Treatment
Two high-profile but very different addiction treatment organizations are sharing a similar clinical mission these days--one that could serve as instructive and perhaps even essential for other treatment facilities like them. Both Phoenix House, the...
Mission Ridge
Kristin Milne-Glasser was intimately familiar with the six-bed ranch-style home in West Virginia that she identified as an ideal sober residence: The house near the community of Charles Town had been her personal home for 10 years. Her long-term vision...
Musings of a Chaplain: A Spiritual Connection with a Client Requires Respect, Acceptance and Presence
"Ignorance is bliss" couldn't have been truer. It was the late 1980s and my first day on the job as a chaplain for a residential substance abuse treatment program. No training or direction given, I was told to check my ignorance of the field at the...
The Virtual Classroom Takes Hold: Distance Learning Becomes a Favored Option for Many Addiction-Focused Professionals
Margaret Fetting, PhD, would not come across as the likeliest candidate for excelling as an instructor in an online learning environment. She composed the text for her latest book, Perspectives on Addiction (published by Sage), not using a word processor...
Women and Children First: Some Residential Programs Are Helping Women Become Better Mothers as They Get Sober
Generally speaking, most women's identity and sense of self tend to revolve around relationships. For mothers struggling with addiction, the relationship that most often affects their battle toward recovery is their children. But due to a variety of...
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