Our mission since we published our first issue of Addiction Professional in January 2003 has been to communicate what is working in the ever-changing treatment and prevention field and to help you translate that knowledge to better outcomes for your clients. Yet it cannot be forgotten that in most cases clinical success hinges on more than the relationship between client and counselor, crucial as that has been demonstrated to be. Strong treatment organizations that are able to handle marketplace demands without losing their way are essential to maintaining the kinds of high-quality services on which people with a relapsing illness depend.
It is with that in mind that we at Addiction Professional present you with bonus coverage to conclude our fourth year of publication. This special Executive Forecast issue discusses some of the financial and operational challenges that leaders in the field are meeting with the same gusto that characterizes the pursuit of new research discoveries to build the next generation of clinical tools.
From “out of the box” fund-raising approaches to well-designed capital improvement plans to innovative technological applications and agency partnership strategies, the topics covered in this special extra issue of the magazine can assist organizations of all sizes as they map out their short- and long-term plans.
In the coming months, our editorial focus will remain fixed to the research-to-practice strategies that are so critical to advancing clinical care and the field's health in general. But just as clinical professionals often find themselves needing to act as client advocates in a broader context, there exists a growing sense that strong, financially sound organizations are every professional's responsibility. This realization is driving professionals at every level of organizations to do their part to improve their workplaces' everyday processes, technological capabilities, and ability to respond nimbly to new opportunities as they surface. In that spirit, we pledge to incorporate more organizational issues and guidance into our regular coverage.
Please let me know what you think of our special Executive Forecast issue, as well as how you and your organizations are meeting the challenges of operating in the addiction services marketplace. Your success story could help others, and may be an ideal subject for an upcoming feature in Addiction Professional. As always, I can be reached at (401) 353-1316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My best wishes for success and contentment to you and to those you serve, in 2007 and beyond.
Gary A. Enos, Editor