The Intentional Clinician: Psychology and Philosophy

Challenges in Addiction Treatment and Substance Use issues, during a worldwide pandemic (Episode 53)

September 15, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews three experts on Substance Use issues from a renown treatment Center about the challenges that individuals, families, and treatment facilities are facing during the pandemic in relation to substance use. This is rousing discussion that covers important elements of the current situation and how this is effecting substance use rates in the United States and elsewhere.

Other topics covered:

 • The heightened level of anxiety, alcohol and drug use, relapse and overdose due to COVID-19.
 • The reasons behind the increases, relapse triggers/prevention, and compassionate self-care.
 • What Sanford House is doing  - there's a lot on the problem in the media, not a lot about the solutions
 • The impact of telehealth on addiction treatment, and where it fits in the Sanford continuum of care.

Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC - Founder and President, Sanford
Rae has dedicated her working career to chipping away at the shame of addiction. As Sanford's primary spokesperson, her goal is to provide education and awareness of substance use disorders. Rae is a featured expert at conferences, in the community, and in the media. Her philosophy at Sanford, is to provide evidence-based practices, medication-assisted treatment, and a continuum of care in a comfortable setting where healing and a sense of rekindled worthiness is achievable. 

Lynnel Brewster, RN, LPC, LLMFT, CCTP, Clinical Director, Therapist, Sanford
Lynnel has been working in the health field for the past 24 years. She is a registered nurse and a licensed professional counselor. Her experience includes working in hospital and home settings, residential/outpatient treatment centers, and private practice. As Clinical Director, she works with both Sanford clinical and medical staff, administering all aspects of group and individual therapy. This includes residential treatment, day programs, outpatient programs, family and alumni programs, and virtual/telehealth care.

Marilyn Spiller, Director of Marketing, Editor in Chief
Marilyn has been a marketing professional for more than 20 years. Most recently in the addiction treatment field.  Seven years sober herself, she penned one of the first sobriety blogs, Waking Up the Ghost, in 2013. The blog garnered an international following. As Sanford's Director of Marketing she is responsible for publications, research, branding, outreach, website design, and search engine optimization. She also manages Sanford's online magazine, Excursions. 

Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, medication-assisted treatment, education and relapse prevention classes, telehealth and teletherapy, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. 


Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433. 

If you are looking for EMDRIA consulting groups, Paul Krauss MA LPC is now hosting weekly online and in-person groups.  For details, click here.

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 Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Melody” from Misery is a Butterfly by Blonde Redhead (Spotify)

“A Hard Man to Love” From Third by Cait Brennan (Spotify)

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