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What Are The Top 5 Addiction Treatment Magazines for Professionals?

Isaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC

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Isaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC

February 19, 2019

Addiction treatment is not an easy job and it’s one that professionals often need a little guidance through to be successful. Thankfully, there are plenty of excellent addiction treatment magazines that are designed to help professionals stay on top of the latest news and breakthroughs in the field. The following five are some of the most respected, comprehensive, and promising.

Treatment Magazine

Founded in 2004 by publisher and editor Ted Jackson, Treatment Magazine has published 70 volumes of high-quality and informative issues for addiction professionals. What sets this magazine apart from many of its competitors is the high volume of “special features” contributed by Jackson

These features take a hard-edged look at a variety of issues in the world of treatment for addiction, such as treating addiction in adolescent athletes and in-depth looks at various treatment centers across the nation. They also touch on the important nature of content in addiction center Internet marketing, and how well-written and engaging content can help people seek out help for their condition.

The online editions of Treatment Magazine includes a regularly updated “newswire,” that includes up-to-the-minute updates on the most important addiction headlines rocking the market today. For addiction specialists, it also includes a “job seeker” section that lets you upload your resume to be included in their online and in-print editions.

Addiction Professional

While Treatment Magazine is something of a one-person operation, Addiction Professional utilizes contributions from a wide variety of writers and editors. It is designed as a clinical magazine for those who work in the field of addiction recovery.

One of the most impressive aspects of this magazine is that it doesn’t pull punches or dress the issues of addiction recovery up in flowery language. In the Fall 2015 issue, Allison Knopf wrote a heartbreaking article called, “A Hard Reality: Some Patients Die,” to help prepare addiction specialists for the harshest problems that plague the profession.

When addiction specialists subscribe to Addiction Professional, they get access to information on:

  • New issues challenging specialists
  • Education and training concerns
  • Proper care delivery
  • Methods for managing challenges and strategies
  • New trends in treatment and addiction
  • Updates on new drug concerns impacting the health world

It also offers studies and counseling on a wide variety of subjects, including treatments for specific drug addictions and nutrition advice. One of its major advantages is the section on different white papers, written by talented and well-trained addiction specialists. There are also webinars and a variety of other online content that helps keep addiction professionals updated on the latest recovery information.

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Counselor is an addiction professional magazine that has established itself as one of the most respected and well-known magazines on the market. Boasting a readership of nearly 2,000 professionals, it is one of the most well-established and read addiction professional magazines on the market.

One of the most eye-catching things about Counselor is the qualifications of its writers. David A. Patterson, known as Silver Wolf, possesses a PhD and is a professor at Washington University, while Alex Ramsey, PhD, is currently studying the ways that technology can assist in behavior modifications. Every writer on staff has post-graduate education, making this one of the most credible professional magazines on the market.

Counselor is also one of the few addiction specialist magazines that allows outside contributions from qualified writers. They typically publish articles on treatment strategies, original research content, and well-considered viewpoint pieces.

While their online content isn’t as diverse as other addiction magazines, they still offer a “Resources” section that includes books and a directory of treatment topics. It also includes a well-written blog that offers even more useful information. And their magazine topics range from treatment methods to personal recovery stories.


Intervene is the published edition of the website “Addiction Today,” and like that website, it offers a diverse range of subjects and articles on a variety of addiction recovery subjects. Based in the UK, it is a young, but a promising resource for professionals around the world.

One aspect of Intervene that may catch the eyes of its readers is the fearless way in which it approaches controversial topics. For example, they actually discuss sex addiction (in a section humorously entitled “Let’s Talk About Sex!”) in a frank and honest way. Some magazines tend to cringe away from this topic or ignore it entirely.

Like Counselor, it accepts outside submissions but has less demanding requirements. It takes articles on every aspect of addiction and recovery but does require an 80-word summary. This makes Intervene a useful place for many addiction professionals to break into the publishing world.

And for specialists looking for a new job, there is a job board that is regularly updated with new listings. While it doesn’t yet list the names of its contributors, it still offers useful articles discussing topics as diverse as suicide and tattoo addiction. Best of all? It’s compatible with Android and iOS devices. devices.

Renew Magazine

Professionals wanting to stay updated on the latest news impacting the addiction recovery field are well-served by Renew Magazine. It offers original content on a variety of subjects, such as opiate addiction in the elderly and on newly opening substance abuse treatment centers near you.

Published by James Moorhead, a 20-year veteran of the publishing industry, and edited by Laurie Dhue, a former CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Anchor, Renew is filled with highly skilled professionals that clearly work hard to bring the best addiction information to its readers.

One aspect of Renew that really stands out online is the stories in the “Voices Of Recovery” section. Here, people who are either in recovery currently or have finished discuss the difficulties of their addiction and the way that treatment helped restore their lives and their personal balance. These kinds of stories often give addiction specialists the motivation they need to stay afloat in a sometimes emotionally troubling field.

For people interested in ordering a print magazine, Renew offers one of the best values with a $24.95 yearly subscription rate. Ordering a print subscription also gives you access to the archives, so you can read online content from all four years of Renew that are currently available.

Online content also includes exclusive and informative blogs by Ashley Dane (a professional at ONE80CENTER in Beverly Hills) and Diane Cameron, a journalist who focuses heavily on addiction and addiction recovery. Every writer on staff has years of experience, meaning no haphazard theories or sloppy writing will slip through.

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Anyone of these magazines offers the addiction professional well-researched articles, engaging online content, and the chance to expand their own resume. Choosing your favorite depends on which you think offers you the most engaging information and which will help you stay updated on the latest treatment trends.

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