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Time Flies and Everything Changes


It is with a degree of sadness, and a whole lot of appreciation to the new stewards of this magazine, that I sign off.

As the cocreator of Counselor and its predecessors The US Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Focus on Alcohol and Drug Issues, Changes Magazine for Adult Children of Alcoholics, Professional Counselor, and Adolescent Counselor back in 1976—an unbelievable forty-three years ago—I have mixed feelings about coming to the end of this road.

When Peter Vegso and I set off on our journey, from the world-renowned Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, Canada, we had little more than burning ambition, enthusiasm, and drive. Our mission was to provide periodicals, conferences (U.S. Journal Training, Inc.), and trade paperback books (HCI Books, Inc.) to better serve health professionals in addiction treatment and behavioral health care and the clients they serve.

Effective immediately, Counselor will be published under the auspices of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). We could not be more pleased to hand the baton to CCAPP under the direction of CEO Pete Nielsen.

“For many years, our membership has valued the information provided by Counselor. We are committed to maintaining the quality of the magazine, both in print and digital formats, and it will continue as a centerpiece of CCAPP membership,” says Nielsen.

Counselor’s reputation as the gold-standard in the addiction field has been earned by its editorial excellence. A distinguished editorial board of advisors and a succession of excellent editors has ensured that its content is current, accurate, and relevant to our readers’ needs.

Readers need not expect many changes initially—the 2019 editorial calendar is set and Counselor’s Managing Editor Leah Honarbakhsh retains her position.

So it is with pride, appreciation, and gratitude that I salute the past and welcome the future with open arms.