• 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.


Austin W. Houghtaling

Austin W. Houghtaling, PhD, is the clinical director of Breakthrough at Caron Treatment Centers. His clinical background includes work with children and adolescents, marriage and family therapy, community reentry therapy for individuals incarcerated for drug and alcohol-related charges, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment of drug and alcohol dependency. Austin completed his PhD in marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech University.