• What about Grandma and Grandpa?

    “I always looked forward to being a grandmother. I pictured myself holding a new baby, reading the books my children enjoyed to this child, and having a new life to love. I never imagined I would be so scared for a grandchild because his father is an addict” (Abbott, 2013). 

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  • The Role of Abstinence

    Since the beginning of addiction treatment, abstinence has been heralded as the goal for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Yet, while abstinence as the goal, this is inconsistent with the reality that for many programs, abstinence appears to be the requirement for continued treatment rather than the goal.

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The Relationship between SUDs and Child Welfare Services

2017/Nov-Dec

Parents with a substance use disorder (SUD) are at a higher risk for parenting practices that result in adverse outcomes in children (Harris-McKoy, Meyer, McWey, & Henderson, 2014).

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Evaluating a Competency-Based Supervision Approach for Motivational Interviewing

2017/Nov-Dec

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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Assessment and Treatment of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): A Review of the Literature

2017/Nov-Dec

Drug use during pregnancy has potentially serious medical consequences for mothers and their infants. Drug exposure during pregnancy is estimated through drug tests and interviews with the mother. Per the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 5.4 percent of pregnant women aged fifteen to forty-four used illicit drugs.

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The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM): A History

2017/Nov-Dec

The story of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is one that includes a signer of the Declaration of Independence (not Hamilton), a politician fighting a death-bed promise, an alcoholic billionaire, Freedom Riders, and the Summer of Love. Interested? Read on!

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The Scarlet Sisterhood: Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

2017/Nov-Dec

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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A Test to Differentiate between Organic Brain Disorder, Nonorganic Brain Disorder, and Schizophrenia, Part II

2017/Nov-Dec

The Hoffman Test for Organicity (HTO; Hoffman, 1975) has continued to be refined and redeveloped. Continued testing of clinical patients resulted in the establishment of the original HTO. It was believed that “A dysfunction in any of the bodily rhythmic activities (i.e., breathing, walking, talking, etc.) may lead to disability in one’s daily lifestyle.

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