• 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.


Elizabeth  Evans

Liz Evans is interested in understanding the course of addiction and recovery among diverse populations over the life course. A project director at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and a doctoral student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, she has published on topics related to addiction health services utilization and outcomes, health disparities in drug abuse treatment outcomes, and the effectiveness of treating instead of incarcerating drug offenders.