• 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.


Robert  Roth

Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, and Founder of the Adolescent Treatment Program at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Maryland where he serves as Coordinator of Adolescent Services. This is a program which was the first in this area not to use the 12 step model as its primary treatment goal and consists of both a substance abuse program and a depression program. He also conducts a private practice and is a Master Adjunct Professor teaching Substance Use & Abuse as well as a Community Educator working with schools, family and the community as a whole. He also provides education to physicians and counselors working with adolescents.