• 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.


Kevin  Wandler
MD, F.iaedp, CEDS, F.APA, F.ABAM

Kevin Wandler, MD, is the chief medical officer of Advanced Recovery Systems. He is board certified in general psychiatry with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also certified by and a fellow of The American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the president of the board of directors of The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Dr. Wandler has been working in the substance abuse field for over thirty years.