• 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.


Phil  Diaz

In private practice specializing in the treatment of addiction and trauma at Lifescape Solutions in Delray Beach, Florida, Phil is the founding director of Project Rainbow, the first center for young children of alcoholics. A social worker with more than thirty-five years of experience in drug prevention, treatment and child abuse and trauma; he is also a founding board member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and the founding chairperson of the National Drug Prevention League. His work has appeared in Women’s Day, USA Today, and Focus on the Family. Coauthor of books and author of numerous articles in magazines including Addiction Today, Counselor, and Recovery, Phil has received numerous awards for his work including an honorary doctorate in law from Mercy College in New York.

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