Find resources for recovery from addiction and mental health disorders

Whether you are a person with lived experience, a family member or friend, or a helping professional, it is our hope and our aim to equip you with useful tools in support of the most satisfying life possible for all those affected by one or more behavioral health recovery challenges.

Stephen R. Wiland, LMSW, ICADC, CCS


Steve has over 30 years experience working with numerous clinically complex populations, including individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, individuals with personality disorders, trauma survivors, juvenile offenders, and County jail inmates.

Currently in private practice, and serving as the Director of the University of Michigan's online Addiction Certificate Program, Steve was previously employed for over 20 years in Michigan's Community Mental Health system specializing in working with dually diagnosed populations, then served as Director of a cutting-edge outpatient dual disorders treatment clinic in Royal Oak.

Licensed as a Master's Social Worker and credentialed as an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor, Steve has also served as adjunct faculty in the Schools of Social Work of both Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan, and is a popular conference speaker and trainer.

Steve’s own lived experience of dual disorders and dual recovery has been a core element informing his clinical practice, consultation, teaching and training work.



"What do I wish I had been taught at the beginning of my career as an addictions counselor?"

This was the question I found myself considering in 2012, after over 20 years of practice experience, and having participated in multiple State and National conferences and other wide-ranging discussions addressing the treatment of addictions.

I had sampled much of what the available research and practice literature had to offer, and found myself increasingly frustrated by the lack of a comprehensive, yet up-to-date and practical approach to this increasingly important topic. Out of that frustration was born the curriculum that became the core framework for the 90-hour University of Michigan Addictions Certificate Program, and which served as the impetus to develop this book, as a “one-stop” publication that could equip practitioners with comprehensive foundational practice and skill knowledge to support the effective treatment of individuals with substance use disorders. This e-publication is significant in scope, as well as containing links to hundreds of pages of additional quality reference material.

This is the book that I wish I had available to me at the beginning of my career as an addictions counselor – and the book that will help to equip others with a solid foundation for delivering more effective addictions treatment services, at a time when that need is more pronounced than ever!