• 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.


  • 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.


Stephanie  Brown

Stephanie Brown, PhD, director of the Addictions Institute in Menlo Park, CA, is a clinician, researcher, theoretician, author, lecturer, and consultant in the field of addiction. She founded the Stanford Alcohol Clinic in 1977 and codirected The Family Recovery Research Project at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in the 1990s. The author of eleven books, including A Place Called Self: Women, Sobriety, and Radical Transformation and The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model, her newest book is Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down.

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