• 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.


Michael  Shelton

Michael Shelton is director of adult sexual services with Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services in Philadelphia. He is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today on male sex and sexuality issues, and wrote three previous books on human sexuality, including Boy Crazy, an examination of gay male monogamy. His passion is bridging the chasm between the fields of addictions treatment and sex and sexuality research. His most recent book Gay Men and Substance Abuse is now available from Hazelden Press.