• 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.


Gail  Horton

E. Gail Horton, PhD, is an associate professor of social work at Florida Atlantic University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the Palm Beach area for 20 years. Dr. Horton has direct practice experience with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and their families, and with adolescents and adults with substance use problems. Her research and scholarly interests focus primarily on relationships between substance use problems and mood disorder, and she has presented at national and international conferences on the effects of spirituality and attachment issues on depressive symptomatology.