• 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.


Ellen R. Graham-Yates

Author of two fictional novels as well as The Human Nature of Addiction, which includes “The Addict’s Hierarchy of Needs” theory and is accompanied by a workbook that encompasses a thirty-day guide to assist counselors, therapists, or those in recovery with exercises to begin the recovery process. Ellen is a Transitional Youth Services social worker helping youth with mental illness transition into adulthood. She also assists in training staff in facilitating groups and stress management and has worked as an addiction counselor for five years in an inpatient facility for persons with co-occurring disorders. 

Websites :

Books By Author: