• A Further Look at Adult Children of Addiction

    Resilient qualities are not only what we are born with, but also the strengths that we build through encountering life’s challenges and developing the personal and interpersonal skills to meet them. The idea of growth through suffering or pain is not a new one, though the systematic study of it is.

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  • Comprehensiveness and Continuity of Care

    I believe that the development and three subsequent revisions of the ASAM Criteria (Mee-Lee et al., 2013), along with motivational interviewing (MI) and medication-assisted treatment (MAT), have made the greatest contributions to assessment and placement for people with substance use disorders (SUDs).

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Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

2018/May-Jun

The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.

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The Crisis of Credibility in Addiction Treatment

2018/May-Jun

As an independent researcher, professor, and clinical officer in many venues for more than forty years, I am an insider who has grown to love struggling addicts and I invite you to face with me some of the elephants living in our rooms.

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Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

2018/May-Jun

For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).

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Interpersonal Styles, Peer Relationships, and Outcomes in SUD Treatment

2018/May-Jun

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are highly prevalent in veteran populations. Among US veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example, approximately one in ten have been diagnosed with an SUD (Seal et al., 2011). Social and interpersonal factors play a key role in the onset and course of SUDs (Galea, Nandi, & Vlahov, 2004; Moos, 2007).

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Adolescents and Pornography: A Generation of Disconnection and Addiction

2018/Mar-Apr

Any useful analysis of adolescents and pornography must first start with facts. The first and most important fact to understand is that kids engage with and through technology as much if not more than they engage face-to-face with actual, in-the-flesh people.

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Finding the “I” of the Hurricane: Strengthening the True Self in Adolescents and Young Adults

2018/Mar-Apr

Adolescence, by its very nature, is full of turmoil as we transition developmentally from childhood to adulthood. These are the hurricane years when the winds pull us in many directions, sometimes even unpredictably throwing us off-course, changing our lives quickly and in frightening ways.

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