• 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.


Martin  Nicolaus

Martin Nicolaus, MA, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Berkeley, CA. He is a founder and was for fourteen years the CEO of LifeRing Secular Recovery. He is the author of Recovery by Choice, a three-hundred-page workbook, and of Empowering Your Sober Self: The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery among other publications. His article on the Inouye decision, “Choice of Support Groups: It’s the Law” appeared in Counselor in October 2009. He presented a workshop on this topic at the 2008 conference of CAADAC. He is an alcoholic in recovery who celebrated twenty-two years clean and sober on October 2, 2014.