• 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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Alana  Smith
LCSW, LCDC

Clinical Director for Vista Taos. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and private practice settings for 12 years and has developed chemical dependency treatment programming and family treatment programs. She received her Master’s in Social Work in 2004 from the University of Houston under the professorship and tenure of Dr. Brene’ Brown. Alana has a passion for educating families and empowering them to heal from the disease of addiction. She is the Vice Chair of the International Association of Family Addiction Professionals and presents at conferences on family recovery.