Behavioral Addictions?

For the majority of time that addiction treatment has been available in the United States, the focus has been on the destructive misuse of alcohol &/or other chemical substances. However such “behavioral addictions” as gambling, compulsive sexual behavior, and an increasing variety of internet-related pursuits have gained increasing amounts of attention, as unchecked involvement has led to negative outcomes that …

Cutting-edge Behavioral Healthcare is holistic & integrated with all life domains …

Effective treatment presumes accurate understanding of any targeted condition, and the whole-person nature of behavioral health disorders therefore argues strongly in favor of integrated, whole-person approaches to improving quality-of-life and level-of-functioning for those we serve. Strides have been made, and will continue to be advanced, in the area of integrated primary care services for improved physical health. The model of …

Cutting-edge Behavioral Healthcare is trauma-informed & trauma-specific …

Research consistently substantiates the high co-prevalence of posttraumatic stress with behavioral health conditions, including addictive and serious/persistent mental health disorders. The findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study1 have expanded our understandings of what types of lived circumstances of abuse or neglect can damage health and impair future functioning. Traumatic histories need to be recognized as an expectation rather than …

Cutting-edge Behavioral Healthcare is comprehensively diverse …

Although it is widely held that paying attention to characteristics of diversity within service populations has important impact on outcomes, the inclusion of tangible applications in practice are often lacking. Even as behavioral health systems-of-care have made progress in identifying and addressing ethnic and other cultural health disparities, other areas of diversity have gone largely under-identified and under-addressed. One area …

Cutting-edge Behavioral Healthcare is client-centered …

Accurate identification of the stage of change &/or stage of treatment that any client occupies is foundational to all that happens next! The great tragedy of behavioral healthcare in the United States is the disconnect between a multitude of treatment interventions designed for the action-stage client, and the client who is not yet action-stage ready to change. Although Motivational Interviewing1 …

Cutting-edge Behavioral Healthcare

As advancements continue to be made with evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, the shape of cutting-edge behavioral health care has become increasingly clear. The following includes (but is not limited to) a list of important elements & features of effective 21st-century behavioral health service delivery, that will be featured in this blog series over the next few weeks.