Many people enter addiction treatment in the United States with abuse, abandonment, and loss as central thematic threads within their lives. Such experiences distort one’s self-perceptions (e.g., “I am not worthy of love and respect”), diminish one’s capacity to trust (e.g., “Everyone I love will either abuse or abandon me”) and impede one’s ability to(……)

Knowledge about the effects of addiction on families and the family recovery process has grown exponentially as a result of scientific studies and cumulative clinical experience. Among the most important conclusions to date that can be drawn from this body of knowledge are the following.  1. Alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems spring from diverse influences; unfold in(……)

Research scientists at Sheffield Hallam University are undertaking an international study designed to document the lives of family members, friends or loved ones of people who have experienced problem gambling. The survey explores the impact of problem gambling on different family members, the coping strategies they use and their help seeking behavior. The purpose of this study is to(……)

“What is the best approach to the supervision of peer recovery support service specialists within the addictions field?” is a question that, at present, remains unanswered. In earlier communications, I have disseminated papers that outlined the history, theory, and science of peer recovery support services; delineated the roles of addiction counselor, Twelve-Step sponsor, and recovery(……)