• 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  Passik

Director of Clinical Addiction Research & Education, Millennium Laboratories, Dr. Passik served as Chief Fellow and Associate Attending Psychologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is very active in clinical research with an emphasis in researching the devastating effects of pain on the patient’s life, particularly resultant depression and fatigue as well as aberrant drug-taking behaviors and their effects on optimal pain management. Author or coauthor of more than 150 publications, book chapters and abstracts, Dr. Passik served on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and as Editor in Chief of the National Cancer Institute’s PDQ Supportive Care Editorial Board.

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