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Watch Dr. Kevin McCauley’s presentation, “New Perspectives on  Addiction & Recovery”
Presented by Be a Part of the Conversation in Devon, PA on December 3, 2019

Understanding Addiction
Harvard Health – HelpGuide article

Understanding Drug Use & Addiction
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Addiction 101
Recovery Research Institute

Recovery Research Institute

The Beast We Call Progression: Addiction a Progressive Disease
Treatment Solutions

Cigarette Smoking Increases the Likelihood of Drug Use Relapse
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Nicotine Craving and Heavy Smoking May Contribute to Increased Use of Cocaine and Heroin
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Facts About Nicotine
UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

Nicotine as a Gateway Drug
New England Journal of Medicine

Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Dr. Kevin McCauley’s 10 Slices of Cheese
The Institute for Addiction Study

Visit our pages dedicated to finding in-patient or outpatient treatment, and recovery housing options:

Visit the Capacitype Recovery Resource Hub:

Learn about Medication Assisted Treatment:

Learn about Trauma-Informed Therapy:

Find health care professionals specializing in Addiction Psychiatry:

Demystifying Relapse: A Recurrence of Symptoms (Brief 1)

Rethinking Return to Treatment (Brief 2)

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing


CENAPS® (an acronym for Center for Applied Sciences) is a training and consultation firm founded by Terence T. Gorski in 1982.

Staying Sober: A Guide for Relapse Prevention

Book by Terence Gorski

The Relapse Prevention Therapy Workbook

Book by Terence Gorski and Stephen Grinstead

Materials for treatment professionals and recovering persons

Relapse Prevention

Recovery Research Institute

Alcohol consumption and symptoms as predictors for relapse of DSM-5 alcohol use disorder

Drug & Alcohol Dependence

Marlous Tuithof, Margreet ten Have, Wim van den Brink, Wilma Vollebergh, Ron de Graaf, Alcohol consumption and symptoms as predictors for relapse of DSM-5 alcohol use disorder, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Volume 140, 2014, Pages 85-91, ISSN 0376-8716,

Treatment retention, return to use, and recovery support following COVID-19 relaxation of methadone take-home dosing in two rural opioid treatment programs: A mixed methods analysis

National Institutes of Health

Hoffman KA, Foot C, Levander XA, Cook R, Terashima JP, McIlveen JW, Korthuis PT, McCarty D. Treatment retention, return to use, and recovery support following COVID-19 relaxation of methadone take-home dosing in two rural opioid treatment programs: A mixed methods analysis. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 Oct;141:108801. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2022.108801. Epub 2022 May 8. PMID: 35589443; PMCID: PMC9080674.

Cigarette smoking is associated with increased risk of substance use disorder relapse: A nationally representative, prospective longitudinal investigation

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Weinberger AH, Platt J, Esan H, Galea S, Erlich D, Goodwin RD. Cigarette Smoking Is Associated With Increased Risk of Substance Use Disorder Relapse: A Nationally Representative, Prospective Longitudinal Investigation. J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Feb;78(2):e152-e160. doi: 10.4088/JCP.15m10062. PMID: 28234432; PMCID: PMC5800400.

Stigma & Discrimination

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The Real Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

The Recovery Research Institute

Stigma Reduction:  Understanding Addiction to Support Recovery

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Words Matter – Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


Elevyst is a comprehensive consulting group passionate about helping organizations advance their community & public health initiatives. We offer a broad range of services and expertise to clients within the field of harm reduction, public health, policy & advocacy, and healthcare.

For Health Care Providers:  Reducing the Stigma of Addiction

Johns Hopkins Medicine

MARA – Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous

From MARA:  “Do you use prescribed medication to treat various drug and alcohol use disorders?  Many people who utilize evidence-based science to aid in their recovery sometimes feel uncomfortable in their day to day lives.  Additionally, a multitude of people on this healing path have even felt unwelcome at traditional recovery meetings.  We understand.  At Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous (MARA), you’re always welcome!”


Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Network

Watch the film, The Anonymous People, a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.

Rent ($3.99) or Buy ($9.99) on Amazon

Rent ($3.99) or Buy ($9.99) on Vimeo

>> Introduction to Behavioral Addictions

Grant JE, Potenza MN, Weinstein A, Gorelick DA. Introduction to behavioral addictions. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2010;36(5):233-241. doi:10.3109/00952990.2010.491884

>> Proposed diagnostic criteria for compulsive buying-shopping disorder: A Delphi expert consensus study

Müller, A., Laskowski, N. M., Trotzke, P., Ali, K., Fassnacht, D. B., de Zwaan, M., Brand, M., Häder, M., & Kyrios, M. (2021). Proposed diagnostic criteria for compulsive buying-shopping disorder: A Delphi expert consensus study, Journal of Behavioral Addictions10(2), 208-222.

>> Behavioral Addiction versus Substance Addiction: Correspondence of Psychiatric and Psychological Views

Alavi SS, Ferdosi M, Jannatifard F, Eslami M, Alaghemandan H, Setare M. Behavioral Addiction versus Substance Addiction: Correspondence of Psychiatric and Psychological Views. Int J Prev Med. 2012;3(4):290-294.

12 Step Meetings for those with Process/Behavioral Addictions:

  • Clutterer’s Anonymous

  • Codependents Anonymous (CoDA)  

  • Debtors Anonymous (DA) 

  • Emotions Anonymous (EA)  

  • Food Addicts Anonymous 

  • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous 

  • Gamblers Anonymous 

  • Gam-Anon (for family and loved ones) 

  • Internet & Technology Addicts Anonymous (ITAA) 

  • Love Addicts Anonymous (LAA)  

  • Overeaters Anonymous (OA)  

  • Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)  

  • Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)  

  • Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)  

  • Sexual Recovery Anonymous (SRA)  

  • Underearners Anonymous (UA)  

  • Workaholics Anonymous (WA)  

>> See Harry Levant on 60 Minutes:  “Sports betting boom fuels concerns over problem gambling”

>> “Upon Further Review: The NFL’S Gambling Strategy is a Risk to Public Health and Congress Must Act”

Post by Harry Levant

>> Ethical Gambling Reform Group

Mission: To bring reform, regulation, and harm prevention public health policy to legalized gambling and the treatment of gambling disorder.

>> Stop Predatory Gambling

A national advocacy network of individuals and partner groups with members in all 50 states.

>> SMART Recovery for Gambling Addiction

>> Compulsive Gambling

Mayo Clinic

>> Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

>> Help with Problem Gambling

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)

>> National Council on Problem Gambling

>> Internet Addiction Disorder

Post on PsyCom

>> “Tech addiction is real. We psychologists need to take it seriously.”

Washington Post story

>> Are You Addicted to Technology?

Rutgers University

>> “Breaking My Phone Addiction – Via My Phone”

Wired Magazine

Hazeldon Betty Ford

>> Internet Addiction

Psychology Today

>> What is Social Media Addiction?


>> Inside How A 12-Step Recovery Program For Social Media Addiction Works


>> Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice

Cash H, Rae CD, Steel AH, Winkler A. Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice. Curr Psychiatry Rev. 2012;8(4):292-298. doi:10.2174/157340012803520513

>> Screenagers

Learn about three films that address adolescents’ use of screens and other challenges. Additional resources are also available.

>> Visit our web page: “Kids & the Tech/Life Balance”

>> Addiction Interaction, Relapse and Recovery

Scientific American

>> Addiction Interaction Explained

Webinar from The Meadows

>> Addiction Interaction Disorder

Post from Caron Treatment Center

Addict in the Family
by Beverly Conyers

Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts
by Beverly Conyers

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book, 4th Edition
by AA Services

Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence
by Dr. Anna Lembke

Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions
by Russell Brand

The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells us About Beating Addiction
by Dirk Hanson

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
by Gabor Mate

The Body Keeps the Score
by Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD

Beyond Addiction
by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens, Nicole Kosanke

Loved One in Treatment? Now What! An Essential Handbook for Family Members and Friends Navigating the Path of a Loved One’s Addiction, Treatment and Recovery
by Lisa Frederiksen

Crossing the Line: From Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence
by Lisa Frederiksen

Addictive Thinking
by Abraham Twerski

Recover to Live:  Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction:
Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoarding, Smoking, Sex, and Porn
by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone
by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Young, Sober & Free: Experience, Strength, and Hope for Young Adults
by Shelly Marshall

Why Don’t They Just Quit?
by Joe Herzanek and Judy Herzanek

Passages Through Recovery:  An Action Plan for Preventing Relapse
by Terence T. Gorski

When Your Teen is in Treatment:  A Guide For Parents
Perkins & Perkins, 1990

Helping Your Chemically Dependent Teenager Recover. A Guide for Parents and Other Concerned Adults.
by Peter R. Cohen, 1991

Parenting for Prevention:  How to Raise a Child to Say No to Alcohol/Drugs.
by David J. Wilmes, 1988

One Breath at a Time:  Buddhism and the Twelve Steps
by Kevin Edward Griffin

The 12-Step Buddhist:  Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction
by Darren Littlejohn

When Bad Things Happen to Good People
by Harold S. Kushner

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning
by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham

Get Your Loved One Sober. Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening.
Meyers & Wolfe

Reclaim Your Family From Addiction. How Couples and Families Recover Love and Meaning.
by Craig Nakken

by Vernon Johnson

Stage II Recovery:  Life Beyond Addiction
by Earnie Larsen

Please note: The resources, organizations, agencies and individuals listed on this page are not necessarily endorsed by Be a Part of the Conversation. If you need immediate help, please consider these resources:

>> Finding Treatment
>> National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
>> Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio) for Opioid Overdose

Be a Part of the Conversation programs do not provide behavioral health advice and are for informational purposes only. Our programs are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding substance use disorders or related family needs. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen in any Be a Part of the Conversation program or video.

21st Century Teens

On April 9, 2024, we hosted a training with Heather Gregan, LPC, CCTP.

Adolescence is a crucial time of transition and growth, so we want to give our kids tools that prepare them for life’s challenges. In order to cope with increasing anxiety, it isn’t surprising that teens are drawn to behaviors that distract or numb uncomfortable feelings, including go-to distractions like social media, gaming, shopping, food, relationships, exercise and increasingly potent and available substances.

This program was funded by the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol.

Challenging Stigma: Helping Friends & Families Understand Addiction

On January 9, 2024, we talked with Dr. Sean Fogler, MD, EMBA and Katherine, a family member who shared her personal experience. We had a conversation about:

• why it is that some people become addicted, while others do not
• how to respond when we are concerned about someone’s substance use
• how we can challenge stigma and remove obstacles to seeking treatment and support
• how we find and support recovery as individuals, as families, and as a community

This program was funded by the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission.

Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy (Lic. #004115) is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy (Lic. # PSY000215) is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy maintains responsibility for the program.

Understanding Relapse Syndrome & the Impact of Specific Substances

This online workshop provided an understanding of relapse syndrome and the benefits of the Advanced Relapse Prevention Therapy model as the primary treatment approach for patients/clients struggling with chronic relapse patterns. The training introduced the process of how relapse occurs, why it tends to happen, what drives patterns of self-sabotage and self-harm, and what takes an individual from a stable place in recovery to their first addictive use of a substance.

We explored how relapse syndrome differs for individuals struggling with Stimulant Use Disorder and Opiate Use Disorder and discussed helpful tips for increasing engagement in the treatment process. This workshop also identified common warning signs and triggers related to relapse syndrome and taught the development of relapse prevention skills to help people intervene on the relapse process prior to the high risk warning signs. All Theories about relapse and relapse prevention therapy in this training were specific to the work of Terrence Gorski.

This workshop was funded by the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol, and presented by Be a Part of the Conversation.

The Changing Landscape of Substance Use & Addiction

Throughout history, humans have used, misused and become addicted to mood-altering substances. We have seen a dramatic change in the form and potency of substances over time. Today we understand that co-occurring mental health disorders can aggravate substance misuse.

This program addressed the trends being seen by behavioral health professionals and people in recovery.

Funding for this program was provided by the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.

10 Things You Need to Know about Addiction

Drugs, alcohol, gaming, social media, sex/love, spending/shopping, eating, pornography, relationships/codependency, gambling, exercise. These are the substances and behaviors that can derail a life and devastate the people connected to that life.

We’ll look at addiction through a wide-angle lens and explore the spectrum of addiction and its many manifestations.

We will hear from experts who have dedicated their lives to understanding and treating addiction and the families who are impacted. We’ll also hear a personal story that will help us to understand the complexity of behavioral and interactive addictions.

Funding for this program was provided by the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.