• 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.


Stephen   Odom,

 A distinguished healthcare and addiction treatment professional with more than 25 years of expertise in the field, Dr. Odom serves as the President, CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of New Vista Behavioral Health, the parent company of Simple Recovery and Infinity Treatment Centers. He holds a Bachelors degree in Organizational Behavior, a Masters in Experimental Psychology, a Masters and PhD candidacy in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate (PhD) with a focus in Healthcare Administration. He is also an LMFT in the state of California. At Simple Recovery, he helped guide, design and implement a unique treatment model. Previously, he held several titles, including Director of Program Development for CRC Health, administrative and clinical director at various chemical dependency treatment centers and hospitals in California, including Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and El Camino Hospital in the San Francisco Bay area.