• The Scarlet Sisterhood: Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

    Addiction is a disease, end of discussion . . . right? As practitioners within the field of behavioral health and wellness, we have all heard the message, loud and clear. Many of us subscribe to the concept without question, confident in our convictions that addicts are sick people, not bad people. Some of us have built our careers upon this assertion, while others espouse it personally, within our own lives and family relationships.

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  • Evaluating a Competency-Based Supervision Approach for Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-known, evidence-based, brief counseling approach for substance use disorders (SUDs) that combines person-centered principles with strategies for enhancing motivation for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). Counselors using MI help their clients talk themselves into change by exploring and developing their motivations for change and lessening and resolving their arguments against it.

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Marilyn  Azevedo

Marilyn Azevedo is a registered nurse living in Petaluma, California. After Andy's illness and death, she became an inspirational public speaker and wish coordinator for the North Bay Make-A-Wish Foundation and has lectured in many capacities. She also volunteers at Camp Okizu, a camp for children with cancer where she helps cook for 250 campers and participants who understand without explanation, the emotions involved when cancer invades your family.

Because of her efforts, President Clinton signed into law a bill that makes it illegal to deny people health insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition.

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