Just like a treatment center’s administrative staff must determine whether and how the newest approaches can be incorporated into the traditional program, a magazine’s editorial team needs always to remain mindful of readers’ changing information needs. I’m pleased to talk about two developments that reflect new directions for the Addiction Professional forum in 2012.
In mid-January we unveiled a new look at www.addictionpro.com. Our redesigned website will allow you to engage more readily with us and our contributing writers; to research specific content topics with ease; and to access our print articles well before your magazine copy arrives in the mail.
The new site stands as the end product of months of work by many at Vendome Group, including web design, production and editorial experts. Our homepage now organizes content in a more intuitive fashion, with top stories and breaking developments featured prominently. Our bloggers now can be accessed by name on the homepage, making it easier for you to locate specialized content in areas such as aftercare and gender-specific treatment. Our new search engine powered by Google will enhance your navigation of the topics we have covered in the print magazine and online.
We realize that your desire for actionable information doesn’t begin and end with six magazine deliveries in a calendar year. Not only will we continue to update our site daily with news and the latest clinical guidance, we also will use the site to deliver the information from our print articles to you much faster than before—as soon as each individual article is approved for press. Our print content is always available to you—no worries about your magazine copy getting swiped from your desk before you’ve had a chance to study it!
Please visit our site and let me know what you think of its features, and what you’d like to see more. Also, send comments to our bloggers on their postings, so we can establish a productive ongoing dialogue.
Also, in this issue you will find our first installment of a regular series of columns on “process addictions.” We have always believed that there are so many issues to explore in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction that these topics must remain our central focus. But it has become clear that gambling addiction, sex addiction and other process addictions frequently present as co-occurring and complicating issues with substance use problems. Moreover, a growing number of treatment programs are establishing a specialization in process addictions as part of their marketing and programming.
Our first article in our new Process Addictions department features the perspective of noted sex addiction expert Robert Weiss on how the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will address the issue of excessive adult sexual behavior. If you have an idea for a future column on process addictions, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, the staff at Addiction Professional would like to extend its heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and many professional colleagues of Mel Schulstad, a pioneer in the addiction counseling field who died in January at 93. As a young man Schulstad won numerous accolades for his bravery and resolve in Air Force missions during World War II. After his military retirement, he would become a consistent source of inspiration to a young profession at a time when most still rejected the notion of addiction as a disease.
Schulstad’s loss is felt particularly hard among leaders of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, a group that he co-founded in the 1970s and for which he would serve as the first president. His legacy reminds us always to preserve the best of the past as we map out the future.