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Published March 11, 2010, 09:27 PM

Learning New Ways To Treat Drug and Alcohol Addictions

Drug and Alcohol counselors around North Dakota and Minnesota don't have a lot of experience in talking about sex with their clients.

Some local drug and alcohol counselors are working on making sex easier to talk about. Drug and Alcohol counselors around North Dakota and Minnesota don't have a lot of experience in talking about sex with their clients.But that is something they are going to change.

It's something that some people feel uncomfortable talking about, but it plays a major role in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Sexual health is directly related to how well drug and alcohol addicts recover.

Kristie Spooner/Jamestown: "And I think that the area of sexuality is not an area that we have received a lot of training with, its often a huge issue with in the recovery."

This sex health seminar was put on by the Douglas Place of East Grand Forks to help counselors get more comfortable in talking about sex in treatment.

Pam Quinn/Douglas Place Marketing Director: "A lot of it starts from with in, being comfortable in addressing it and talking about it yourself."

Douglas Braun-Harvey/Certified Sex Therapist: "Talking about sexuality is hard and people need to be given the skill how to so that so I'm here talking with drug and alcohol counselors to help them feel more confident more clear and more certain that that talking about sexuality in drug and alcohol treatment is going to help them."

Their theory is that addicts tend to replace their addictions with relationships. Having a bad relationship can cause addicts to go back to drugs or alcohol. When a client has a healthy sex life, they avoid relapse.

Douglas Braun-Harvey/Certified Sex Therapist: "This is something that is not being done in drug and alcohol treatment around the country the Douglas Places is really a pioneer in coming forward and saying we want to address the sexual health of people who are in dug and alcohol addiction."

The Douglas Place is looking to have three different seminars a year in different training methods to help better the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions.

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