• 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.


John F. Kelly

John F. Kelly, PhD, is Harvard University’s first professor in addiction medicine, president of the American Psychological Association Society of Addiction Psychology, and associate editor for the journals Addiction and the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. He is also founder and director of the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), program director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service, and associate director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at MGH. He has served as a consultant to US federal agencies such as the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); to non-profits such as the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation; and to foreign governments. Dr Kelly has published over one hundred peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction. 

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