• 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.


Sherry  Schlenke

Sherry Schlenke is a wife, mother, and teacher. She holds a master's of education degree in special education, and has taught children with special needs for over twenty years. Upon learning that their teenage son was addicted to heroin, Sherry and her husband tried every means possible to help him recover. Tragically, he died of an overdose in August of 2013. Grief stricken, Sherry joined The Addict’s Mom, an online support group for mothers of addicted children. She serves as an executive assistant to the founder, Barbara Theodosiou.