• 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.

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  • 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.

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David  Sack
MD

is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and Los Angeles. Prior to joining Elements Behavioral Health, a network of addiction treatment programs that includes Promises Treatment Centers; The Ranch outside Nashville; The Recovery Place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and The Sexual Recovery Institute in Beverly Hills, Dr. Sack enjoyed successful careers in clinical research and administrative psychology. He served as a senior clinical scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and as Senior Vice President for Clinical Research for Comprehensive Neurosciences, where his research included investigations in schizophrenia, depression, insomnia, cognitive disorders, and alcohol dependency. Dr. Sack is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine, and is a certified Medical Review Officer.

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