• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).


  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.


Marc  Kern

Marc F. Kern, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, author, and nationally syndicated addiction expert. In 1983, Dr. Kern founded Addiction Alternatives as a private practice in Los Angeles to provide clients with non-12-step addiction treatment alternatives. Dr. Kern is one of the founding members of SMART Recovery He currently serves as Clinical Director of Alternatives Behavioral Health.