• 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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Ben  Cort

Now the Director of Professional Relations for CeDAR, in Aurora, CO that is part of the University of Colorado Health System. With a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized, his passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Until 2007 he was a HR Director at an S&P 500 firm. He left this role to help start the Colorado based nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport (PM), an organization that has received frequent national recognition for their innovative approach to building sober communities around sport and healthy activities. While with PM, Ben worked extensively with the treatment community as well as drug courts and the therapy community as advisor, a member of clinical teams, frequent speaker, liaison, etc. Ben joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012 after leaving PM and has since been appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).