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. 14, No. 2, Spring

A Day Pass Is Not a Break from Recovery
Patients in the day-treatment level of care with on-site housing at Hazelden Springbrook in Oregon have the opportunity to receive day or weekend passes from the center, but these absences are no vacations from recovery work. Instead, they constitute...
Confedence in Sober Homes
Sober homes are in the process of getting certified in Massachusetts, and under a new law, the state Department of Public Health has contracted with organizations to train entities to conduct inspections and process certifications. Certification is voluntary,...
Do We Really Believe That Treatment Works?
I've spent time during the past year or so approaching my colleagues and asking, "What percentage of our patients do you think will be sober/clean in a year?" I varied my delivery: Sometimes I used "sober," sometimes "clean." At times I said "alcoholics,"...
How to Get HIRED
As the CEO of Serenity Acres, a drug and alcohol treatment facility outside of Annapolis, Md., 1 am responsible for ensuring the highest level of care for our clients. While much goes into this, the primary goal involves ensuring the quality of our staff,...
Kratom Use Poses Significant Dangers
This year, there has been more and more news about a drug called "kratom," which is used as both an opiate substitute and for opiate withdrawal in some substance abuse treatment programs in Florida. One Florida company that sells it previously sold synthetic...
Pot Profits
It is often said, "As California goes, so goes the nation," because changes in cultural norms and behavior frequently begin in the Golden State. As we in California approach a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, many states could benefit...
Recovery Coaching Signals Paradigm Shift
One of the innovative techniques used in the substance use disorder treatment field is recovery coaching. A recovery coach helps support the many pathways to recovery. 1 his constitutes just one component of a growing armamentarium of new, innovative,...
Sabino Recovery
Tucson, ArizonaAn upscale residential treatment center that focuses on addressing trauma as the root cause of addiction has opened in Tucson, Ariz. Fifteen miles northeast of downtown, Sabino Recovery rests in the Sonoran Desert on 100 acres that border...
Students Gain Chance to Work with Veterans
The multifaceted challenges that many returning military veterans face have certainly made this population a desired target group for helping professionals in training. The University of Maryland and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in...
Success on a New Playing Field
Steven Herndon readily admits, "My first addiction was football." Growing up in pigskin-obsessed LaG range, Ga., not knowing his biological father and adjusting early on to a household with a new man in his mother's life, Herndon found that on a football...
Texas Poised to Test Unemployment Seekers
Texas legislators three years ago formalized their intent to subject some applicants for unemployment benefits to drug testing, but a testing program still has not gotten off the ground. Officials with the Texas Workforce Commission cannot proceed to...
The Call for Standards
A substantial number of licensed professionals such as physicians and lawyers experience addictive behaviors and other behavioral health crises. The interventions and best practices that are in place to ensure their care, treatment and recovery are facing...
There's No Need to Lose Hope for Those with Complex Gambling Cases
The notion that a high number of co-occurring problems makes a patient destined for poorer recovery outcomes tends to invade the clinician's thinking in problem gambling treatment, much as it does in treatment of substance addictions. Yet a Detroit-based...
Use Multiple Strategies to Help Young Adults LAUNCH
Experts say that as the term "failure to launch" has gained prominence, and as treatment programs closely examine the needs of the 18-to-34-year-oId age group, many are coming to realize the multilayered nature of launch issues among young adults. Dynamics...
Use Uplifting Memories to Benefit Patients
"The more tranquil a [person] becomes, the greater is [one's] success, [one's] influence, [one's] power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the jewels of wisdom. "Especially lor professionals treating persons with addictive disorders, this observation...
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