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  • Continuing Care Plan Adherence Following Residential Addiction Treatment

    Common sense suggests that greater patient adherence to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment recommendations is associated with better outcomes. Surprisingly, however, there is limited previous research systematically investigating the adherence-outcome relationship in the context of SUD treatment.


Sydney  Smith

She is a PhD Candidate, and is the founder of RISE Center for Recovery in Las Vegas, NV, an intensive outpatient treatment Program for problem gamblers and their families.  Devoting 15 years to the counseling field, she has spent the majority of her career working with co-occurring disorders as a substance abuse and gambling addiction therapist practicing in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her expertise resides in the treatment of problem gamblers and their families. In collaboration with UCLA Psychiatry Department, she and her affiliates are conducting research focused on empirically based treatment of spouses and families of problem gamblers.