• 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.


Devon  Hawes

Devon Hawes, BS, received a bachelor’s in psychology from Sacred Heart University and is currently preparing to test for his certified addiction counselor credential. As a certified medication-assisted treatment specialist working for Mountainside Treatment Center, he partners with their medical team to develop effective, solution-focused treatment plans for detox clients, helping them safely minimize withdrawal symptoms and overcome early recovery hurdles. His training also includes the Helping Men Recover curriculum, the trauma recovery empowerment model (TREM), and the substance abuse and men’s trauma recovery empowerment model (SA-M-TREM), which enables him to evaluate and address male gender issues and trauma.