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. 13, No. 3, Summer

2015 Outstanding Clinicians Awards
Addiction Professional's annual Outstanding Clinicians Awards honor clinical professionals who demonstrate patient-centered care and serve as leaders in their organizations and communities. Professional colleagues and readers of the print magazine...
9 Ways Patients Ask for Help: Work with Clients to Build Communication Skills for Recovery
Most of us were brought up hearing messages such as: "Figure it out yourself." "Big boys/girls don't cry--and they don't ask for help." "You're on your own, pal. " "Not now; maybe later. " "When I was your age, blah blah. " Bottom...
A Road Map to Evidence-Based Practice: Organizational Fit and a Commitment to Coaching Are Key Components of Practice Implementation
Imagine that your beloved dog, Rocky, became ill suddenly and required a visit to the animal ER. He received a thorough assessment of his medical history and his current condition. After a few moments, the vet turned to you and said, "Rocky's life...
Beauterre Recovery Institute: Owatonna, Minnesota
Residing on 18Z acres, the former University of St. Thomas Daniel C. Gainey Conference and Center in Owatonna, Minn.--about an hour south of the Twin Cities--reopened this past January as the Beauterre Recovery Institute. Acquired by Meridian Behavioral...
Circle of Trust: Healing Center: The Circle of Trust Healing Center Promises to Fulfill Client Intention for Recovery
Norma Nakai Burton, Executive Director of the new Circle of Trust Healing Center, is promising the seemingly impossible for every woman who walks through our doors and completes our one-of-a-kind program. Norma vows to fulfill their specific intent...
Couple Tirelessly Pursues Help for Gamblers
Arnie and Sheila Wexler have worked as a team for more .A. Ajhan two decades to help people overcome the pain and family destruction wrought by gambling addiction. They have seen numerous changes across the landscape, from society's somewhat begrudging...
Department of Addiction Studies: A Unique Program from the University of South Dakota Addresses One of the Most: Persistent Health Problems in the Nation
Alcohol and drug abuse are two of the nation's most pervasive health problems. The University of South Dakota is a national leader in offering addiction, co-occurring and prevention education that emphasizes state-of-the art evidence-based approaches...
Dream Team: Leads the Treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring Conditions
Individualized Treatment, Dual Diagnosis, Multidisciplinary Approach Eating disorder patients often suffer from co-occurring addictions and disorders. Or, in some cases, once a person begins to address their eating disorder, evidence arises of a...
Flakka: The Drug Wreaking Havoc in South Florida
Flakka, a synthetic Cathinone drug South Florida has recently become all too familiar with, is capturing the media's attention and gaining much needed awareness in our communities. Aside from being potentially fatal, the effects of the drug on the...
Gender & Trauma: While Gender-Specific Trends Have Emerged, Addressing Trauma Remains Crucial for All
The opening plenary speaker for the 2015 National Conference on Addiction Disorders and Behavioral Healthcare Executive Summit (NCAD), Aug. 1-4 in St. Louis, will be women's treatment leader Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, co-director, Institute...
Helping Patients Remain in Treatment Supports Positive Long-Term Outcomes
Length of stay in substance abuse treatment is a predictor of treatment outcomes, with longer stays associated with lower relapse and recidivism. Foundations Recovery Network (FRN) facilities recognize the importance of remaining in treatment in...
Making Difference in Long-Term Rehab
If you or a loved one are afflicted with a drug or alcohol addiction, you know it feels like a prison sentence that doesn't seem to end. While overcoming addiction is possible, the rate of success when trying to do it on your own is dismal. That's...
Personality's Strong Influence on Addiction: Understanding How Traits Affect Risk Can Generate Individualized Treatment Approaches
Key personality traits are not immutable, and that's exciting news for people dependent on substances and for the experts who treat them. Research has demonstrated that people with certain personality traits, in domains such as low levels of conscientiousness...
Pharmacogenomics: A Breakthrough in Psychiatry
Sierra Tucson is on the cutting edge of the advancement in medicine and the multitude of available options. Today, psychiatrists face numerous challenges in tailoring the appropriate course of individualized treatment for patients Pharmacogenomics...
Postcard Sentiments Inspire Client Conversations: A Counselor Finds a Way to Address Topics through a Personal Passion
It began innocently enough, but has grown into a passion and an opportunity to connect with others in a creative and meaningful way. In the early 1980s, I was the news director of a radio station in Norwich, Conn. During our banter at the conclusion...
Q&A with David Perez, Chief Operating Officer of the Oaks at la Paloma
The Oaks at La Paloma is an integrated addiction and mental health treatment center located in Memphis, TN. For more information, visit TheOaksTreatment.com or call (866)494.7787. What makes you passionate about treatment? I just absolutely love...
Recipe for Recovery: A Nutrition Expert Urges Providers to Include Healthy Living as a Central Component
Pamela M. Peeke, MD, MPH, is waging a fight against an insidious threat in addiction treatment centers, one that has nothing to do with staff burnout or dangerous patient perceptions about an illegal drug. The enemies that Peeke is trying to expose...
Reports Scrutinize Testing Accuracy
Addiction treatment organizations could benefit from shedding ding outdated attitudes about drug testing. For example, there seems to be a lack of perspective regarding potential test inaccuracies, and there's also the continuing "gotcha" mentality...
Runner Finds Joy in the Finish
Justin Kirkgard says he never had been particularly good at completing what he started. So when his first attempt to train for distance running lasted only a short while, it looked like the same pattern was developing. But this time he would find strength...
Should Your Website Be Gender-Specific: Even If Your Treatment Program Isn't?
There's a growing focus on the positive impact gender-specific treatment may have on recovery. Whether or not this is reflected in your clinical program, it has implications for the marketing of your facility--implications that you simply can't ignore...
St. Louis Group Stays Committed to Prevention
For most of its 50-year history, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA)-St. Louis has leveraged the power of primary prevention to improve the odds for individuals at risk for substance use problems. Since that mission took hold...
Tackle Teens' Resistance to Group Engagement: Creative Interventions Can Help Adolescents Gain Benefit from Group Therapy
Teenagers are one of the toughest crowds in therapy. I have led adolescent therapy groups for years, and have grown accustomed to hearing phrases such as, "I don't need to be here," "This is stupid," and "Let's get this over with." Few teens attend...
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