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Helping incarcerated women overcome addiction is one of the most challenging feats for addiction counselors and behavioral health professionals. Incarcerated women report a history of trauma and abuse at a much higher rate than the general population (O’Brien, 2002). As a result, increased numbers of female offenders in the criminal justice system suffer from addiction and have experienced trauma (Sydney, 2005). To assist incarcerated women who have experienced trauma, addiction counselors and...

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Fitbit as a Physical Activity Intervention

Submitted by Ana Abrantes on fri, 12/01/2018

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are common and problematic in the United States, representing one of the leading causes of preventable death (Mokdad, Marks, Stroup, & Gerberding, 2004). Despite the development of effective treatments for short-term abstinence, relapse rates are high (Project Match Research Group, 1997), particularly in the first ninety days (Hendershot, Witkiewitz, George, & Marlatt, 2011; Marlatt & Donovan, 2005). Women in particular are more susceptible to physical...

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Trauma, Addiction, and the Flight from Intimacy

Submitted by Janae Weinhold on fri, 10/01/2018

In today’s hectic, fragmented world almost everyone wants more emotional connection and physical intimacy to help balance our increasingly technological lifestyles. In intimate relationships we feel safe to talk about our deepest and most personal feelings, thoughts, and problems without judgment, criticism, ridicule, or betrayal of confidence. Authentic intimacy supports an inner journey, allowing a soul-to-soul connections with others within which we can share both our wounds and our...

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Prodependence: A New Paradigm for Relational Counseling

Submitted by Robert Weiss on fri, 10/01/2018

In my practice and my writing, I use the term “prodependence” to describe healthy interdependence and intimacy in the modern world. For me, prodependence is the logical, expected, adult-life outcome of healthy childhood attachment and development. With prodependence, we care for, watch out for, and support our loved ones—at times to our own detriment—and they do the same for us. Prodependent relationships are (ultimately) mutually beneficial, with one person’s strengths filling in the weak...

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Inclusive Sobriety: The Need for LGBTQ-Specific Twelve Step Meetings

Submitted by Matthew Nordin on fri, 12/01/2018

Though the higher rate of substance use disorders (SUDs) among sexual minorities—whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ)—is well-documented (Hicks, 2000), clients benefit from Twelve Step meetings and group therapy settings specifically designated for their community. This has not been definitively established due to a lack of research in this area, though researchers such as MacEwan (1994) and Senreich (2009, 2010a, 2010b) have begun building the foundation. For...

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Treatment of SUDs in the US Military

Submitted by Douglas Crossen on fri, 12/01/2018

Several key events and names in US military drug programs stand out in history. In the 1960s, the Vietnam War was raging, a draft was enacted, and illegal substances were widely available. As a result, marijuana and heroin were commonly used in the military community. President Richard Nixon directed that a military drug urinalysis program be implemented as drug use increased (OUSPR, 2017). This program specifically targeted those returning from the Vietnam War and Nixon’s stated intent was to...

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Fitbit as a Physical Activity Intervention

Submitted by Ana Abrantes on fri, 12/01/2018

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are common and problematic in the United States, representing one of the leading causes of preventable death (Mokdad, Marks, Stroup, & Gerberding, 2004). Despite the development of effective treatments for short-term abstinence, relapse rates are high (Project Match Research Group, 1997), particularly in the first ninety days (Hendershot, Witkiewitz, George, & Marlatt, 2011; Marlatt & Donovan, 2005). Women in particular are more susceptible to physical...

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Fitbit as a Physical Activity Intervention

Submitted by Ana Abrantes on fri, 12/01/2018

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are common and problematic in the United States, representing one of the leading causes of preventable death (Mokdad, Marks, Stroup, & Gerberding, 2004). Despite the development of effective treatments for short-term abstinence, relapse rates are high (Project Match Research Group, 1997), particularly in the first ninety days (Hendershot, Witkiewitz, George, & Marlatt, 2011; Marlatt & Donovan, 2005). Women in particular are more susceptible to physical...

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Interviewing the Psychopath, Part II

Submitted by Norman E. Hoffman on fri, 10/01/2018

In part I of this article, published in the August 2018 issue of Counselor, we provided counselors with definitions, a brief overview, and key characteristics of psychopathy. In part II we will clarify the importance of understanding anxiety in psychopaths, provide case studies, and recommend therapeutic treatment options. Anxiety Anxiety can be helpful in both identifying the interconnectedness between anxiety and the aforementioned features of psychopathy and aiding in the understanding of...

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Fitbit as a Physical Activity Intervention

Submitted by Ana Abrantes on fri, 12/01/2018

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are common and problematic in the United States, representing one of the leading causes of preventable death (Mokdad, Marks, Stroup, & Gerberding, 2004). Despite the development of effective treatments for short-term abstinence, relapse rates are high (Project Match Research Group, 1997), particularly in the first ninety days (Hendershot, Witkiewitz, George, & Marlatt, 2011; Marlatt & Donovan, 2005). Women in particular are more susceptible to physical...

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Trauma, Addiction, and the Flight from Intimacy

Submitted by Janae Weinhold on fri, 10/01/2018

In today’s hectic, fragmented world almost everyone wants more emotional connection and physical intimacy to help balance our increasingly technological lifestyles. In intimate relationships we feel safe to talk about our deepest and most personal feelings, thoughts, and problems without judgment, criticism, ridicule, or betrayal of confidence. Authentic intimacy supports an inner journey, allowing a soul-to-soul connections with others within which we can share both our wounds and our...

Read More...

Prodependence: A New Paradigm for Relational Counseling

Submitted by Robert Weiss on fri, 10/01/2018

In my practice and my writing, I use the term “prodependence” to describe healthy interdependence and intimacy in the modern world. For me, prodependence is the logical, expected, adult-life outcome of healthy childhood attachment and development. With prodependence, we care for, watch out for, and support our loved ones—at times to our own detriment—and they do the same for us. Prodependent relationships are (ultimately) mutually beneficial, with one person’s strengths filling in the weak...

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