The American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) has honored Addiction Professional with a first-place Gold Award in its 2010 Awards Competition. Addiction Professional won the award in the “Best How-To Article” category for “Treating the High-Functioning Alcoholic,” published in the magazine’s March/April 2009 issue.
The article was written by Sarah Allen Benton, a licensed mental health counselor at the Emmanuel College Counseling Center in Boston and author of Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic: Professional Views and Personal Insights. The article opened with a typical case report for an individual who is able to maintain an outside life while drinking to alcoholic levels, then outlined high-functioning alcoholics’ common characteristics and how clinicians can use this knowledge to improve treatment for these individuals.
In the article, Benton stated that even in early recovery, high-functioning alcoholics pose clinical challenges unlike those presented by other clients. She wrote that “they might report feeling worse emotionally and physically during early sobriety. They also might report not being able to handle their professional or personal responsibilities as well as they could while they were drinking.”
Three other magazines published by Vendome Group—Behavioral Healthcare, Long-Term Living and Healthcare Design—have been honored in ASHPE’s 2010 Awards Competition. Behavioral Healthcare won a Gold Award in the Special Report/Section category for “States of Despair,” an October 2009 issue analysis of steep state budget cuts for community mental health programs.