• 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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Lawrence  V. Tucker,
MD

 Lawrence V. Tucker, Medical Director of American Addiction Centers Laguna Beach Recovery Hospital, is a Newport Beach psychiatrist.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of  Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders including attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, brain SPECT imaging, as well as addictionology.  He is also a distinguished member of the International Society of Sports Psychiatry. Dr. Tucker has worked extensively in the juvenile and adult justice system in Los Angeles and Californias state run regional  center. He has also worked in the community with trouble children in foster care and group homes, who struggled with addiction and/or mental illness.