• 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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Michael  Cartwright
MA

A respected addiction industry trailblazer and a noted behavioral healthcare entrepreneur. Over his seventeen-year career, Michael has been instrumental in setting up addiction treatment centers across the United States which have served over 20,000 patients. He has been committed to research-based treatment and has directly supervised fifteen federally funded studies that helped lay the foundation for the 5 Elements to overcome any addiction. A leading advocate for dual diagnosis treatment, Michael was nominated by Senator Ted Kennedy to the Senate Health Committee. Michael was a founding board member for the 12-Step organization Dual Recovery Anonymous, a national support group helping people suffering from combined mental health and substance abuse issues.

He currently serves as the Chairman of Forterus Health which provides treatment and recovery options for drugs, alcohol, food, obesity, gambling and smoking at treatment facilities in Southern California, Las Vegas, and the Greenhouse in Dallas, Texas. His newest venture is as founder of FitRX, a premiere, physician-driven weight-loss retreat facility just outside Nashville, Tennessee.

 

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