• 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.


Charles  F.  Harper

is a Spiritual Care Counselor at Betty Ford Center, a grateful recovering advertising executive, senior pastor, and, not coincidentally, alcoholic. He received his Masters of Divinity from Yale University in 1992 and has worked with adolescents, their parents and addicts struggling with addiction, as a life coach, pastor and spiritual counselor ever since. Author of Amazing Grief, a Helping Guide for Parents and Young Addicts.