Research and Development

Comprehensive Care Provided Through Research

Seaside Palm Beach boasts over two decades of highly successfully long-term recovery rates for our patients. Our accolades are directly correlated to our in-house research and development team. The Seaside Palm Beach team thoroughly investigates rehabilitation therapies, and then only after these methods have been proven successful are they implemented in our therapeutic approach.

We only utilize proven and evidence-based methods of addiction treatment. Seaside Palm Beach has intricately designed a comprehensive, holistic approach to rehabilitation. Our mission is to educate and promote an atmosphere where long-term sobriety is achieved.

Three-Legged Stool Approach

Seaside Palm Beach implements the three-legged stool approach to rehabilitation. This model focuses on three major factors encompassing substance abuse recovery. These factors are service, creativity and solitude.

Service refers to our communal atmosphere, which fosters an environment conducive with creating a community of our patients and staff. This allows for everyone at Seaside Palm Beach to aid and support one another on the road to recovery. Creativity is in reference to our variety of therapies ranging from expressive art and yoga to cooking and gardening programs. Key contributions from creative therapies include improving symbolic expression, life enhancement, emotional expression and cognitive development. Solitude is an essential component in our mental health therapies. Individual counseling sessions and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) strongly use this component. Our individual counseling sessions are a one-on-one approach to treatment. They allow a safe and secure environment for a patient to feel vulnerable and examine their issues in a private setting.

Seaside Palm Beach is committed to continually educating its staff on the most effective therapies. Our research team is fully dedicated to determining the best techniques, therapies and programs. In doing so, we promise to provide the best, quality care for our patients in an effort to aid them in the recovery process.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Horton, G., & Diaz, N. (Accepted June 2015, will be published Summer 2016).
    Spirituality in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: Introducing the Three-legged Stool as a Model for Intervention. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work.
  2. Luna, N., Horton, G., & Malloy, T. (In press, 2016).
    Examining Protective Factors for Dysthymia among Individuals Attending Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of Social Service Research.
  3. Horton, G., Luna, N., & Malloy, T. (In press, 2016).
    Exploring Relationships between Adult Attachment, Spirituality and Personality Disorder Traits among Individuals in In-patient Treatment for Substance Use Disorders. International Journal of Social Work.
  4. Luna, N., Horton, G., Newman, D., & Malloy, T. (2015).
    An empirical study of attachment dimensions and mood disorders in inpatient substance abuse clients: The mediating role of spirituality. Addiction Research & Theory. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2015.1119267
  5. Horton, G., Diaz, N., & Malloy, T. (2015).
    Exploring the Relationships between Spirituality and Personality Disorder Traits among a Sample of in-Patients in Treatment for Substance Use Disorder. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-13. DOI 10.1007/s11469-015-9596-4
  6. Diaz, N., Horton, E. G., Malloy, T., & Weiner, M. (2014).
    Depressive symptoms, attachment style, and spirituality among individuals attending substance abuse treatment.
    Journal of Social Service Research,4 (3), 313-324.
  7. Diaz, N., Horton, E. G., & Weiner, M. (2012).
    Dysthymia, Major Depression, and Double Depression among Individuals Receiving Substance Abuse Treatment.
    Health, 4 (12), 1229-1237.
  8. Horton, E. G., Diaz, N., Weiner, M., & Malloy, T. (2012).
    Adult Attachment Style, Spirituality, and Religiosity among Individuals in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders.
    Florida Public Health Review, 9, 121-131.
  9. Diaz, N., Horton, E. G., McIlveen, J., Weiner, M., William, L. B. (2011).
    Spirituality, Religiosity and Depressive Symptoms among Inpatient Substance Abusers. 
    Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 30 (1), 71-87.
  10. Diaz, N., Horton, E. G., Green, D., McIlveen, J., Weiner, M., & Mullaney, D. (2011).
    Relationship between spirituality and depressive symptoms among inpatient substance abusers.
    Counseling and Values, 56 (1), 43-56.
  11. Horton, E. G., Diaz, N., McIlveen, J., Weiner, M., & Mullaney, D.  (2011).
    Mental health and substance use characteristics of flight attendants enrolled in in-patient substance abuse treatment. 
    International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, 9, 140-150.
  12. Horton, E. G., Diaz, N., McIlveen, J., Weiner, M., & Mullaney, D. (2010).
    Mental health and substance use characteristics of flight attendants versus other clients in residential treatment.
    Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, 3(1), 25-37.
  13. Diaz, N., Horton, E.G., McIlveen, J., Weiner, M., & Mullaney, D. (2009).
    Comorbidity among dysthymia, substance use, and other mental health disorders: Characteristics of flight attendants in residential substance abuse treatment in the United States.
    Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis, 2 (3), 212 – 225.
  14. Diaz, N., Horton, G., McIlveen, J., Weiner, M., & Nelson, J. (2009).
    Dysthymia among substance abusers: An exploratory study of individual and mental health factors.
    International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, 7 (2), 357-367.
  15. Horton, E. G., Diaz, N., Peluso, P., McIlveen, J., Weiner, M., & Mullaney, D.  (2009).
    Relationships between trauma, PTSD symptoms, dissociative symptoms and lifetime heroin use among substance abusers in residential treatment.
    Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 29 (2), 81-95.

Under Review

  1. Luna, N., E. Gail Horton, Sherman, D., & Malloy, T. (Submitted December 1, 2015).
    Exploring the Psychometric Properties of the Spiritual Well Being Scale among Individuals with Substance Use Disorders. Substance Use and Misuse.
  2. Horton, G., Luna, N., & Malloy, T.
    Associations between Spirituality, Meaning in Life and Depressive Disorders among a Sample of Individuals in Treatment for Substance Use Disorders.
    Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. (Submitted January 4, 2016)

 

International Refereed Presentations:

The Impact of Spirituality and Adult Attachment Styles on Mental Health Disorders in Individuals Attending a Substance-abuse Treatment Center: Pre-Post Test Comparisons.
United Kingdom European Symposium on Addictive Disorders (UKESAD), England, London, May 6, 2014.

The Impact of Spirituality, Religiosity, and Attachment Styles on Axis I and II Disorders in the Treatment of Addiction. 
United Kingdom European Symposium on Addictive Disorders (UKESAD), England, London, May 10, 2013.

Risk factors for dysthymic disorder among substance abusers: Examination of suicide attempts and other mental health factors. 
Accepted for presentation at the 25th World Congress on Suicide Prevention of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Montevideo, Uruguay, October 29th, 2009.

Dysthymia among substance abusers: An exploratory study of individual and mental health factors.
Accepted for presentation at the 3rd International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Tuscany, Italy, July 21, 2008.

Predictors of depressive symptoms among substance abusers.
Accepted for presentation at the 6th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Istanbul, Turkey, July 15, 2008.

National Refereed Presentations

Utilizing mixed method approaches to examine the relationships among spirituality, attachment styles, and Axes I and II disorders in individuals receiving substance abuse treatment.
Mindfulness, Trauma and Addiction Conference, Chicago, March, 2015.

Examining the relationships among spirituality, attachment style, and Axes I and II disorders in individuals receiving substance abuse treatment: Pre- and post-treatment comparisons.
The 34th  Annual Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders Conference, Clearwater, Florida, February 9th, 2015.

The Impact of Spirituality and Adult Attachment Styles on Mental Health Disorders in Individuals Attending a Substance-abuse Treatment Center: Pre-Post Results.
27th Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, September 8th, 2014.

Axes I and II disorders: Spirituality and adult attachment style in the treatment of addiction.
The 33rd  Annual Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders Conference, Clearwater, Florida, February 10th, 2014.

The impact of spirituality and adult attachment style on Axis I and II Disorders in the treatment of addiction.
26th Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, September 5th, 2013.

The impact of spirituality and attachment style on Axes I and II Disorders in the Treatment of Addiction.
National Association of Social Workers, Orlando, Florida, June 6, 2013.

The impact of spirituality, religiosity and attachment styles on Axes I and II Disorders in the Treatment of Addiction.
Freedom & Recovery: Integrated Mental Health and Addiction Treatment for Service Members. San Diego, California, April 4, 2013.

Relationship among Attachment Styles, Spirituality and Depressive Symptoms.
25th Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, September 7th, 2012.

Addiction Treatment: The Interaction among Attachment Styles, Spirituality and Depression.
National Association of Social Workers Conference, Dania Beach, Florida, June 15, 2012.

Surprising New Research about Spirituality and Depression among Substance Abusers.
Integrating Spirituality and Psychotherapy Virtual Conference. February 16, 2011.

Addiction, Depression, and the Impact of Spirituality.
The 31st Annual Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders Conference, Clearwater, Florida, January 2010.

Major Depressive Disorder and Addiction: The Role of Spirituality.
Clinical and Counseling Advances on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorder Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2010.

Depression, Addition, and the Impact of Spirituality.
National Association for Social Worker Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 2010.

Depression, Addiction, and the Impact of Spirituality in Recovery.
Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders, Clearwater, FL, January 26, 2010.

Spirituality, Depression and Addiction. 
The 3rd  Annual Therapeutic & Alcohol/Drug Interventions Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 11th, 2009.

Impact of mood disorders: Addiction and recommended interventions. 
22nd Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, September 7th, 2008. 

Dysthymia and addiction.
The 2nd Annual Therapeutic & Alcohol/Drug Interventions Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 28, 2008.

The impact of dysthymia in substance abuse recovery.
US Journal Training, Inc. 29th Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders, Clearwater, FL, January 14, 2008.

Dysthymia among outpatient substance abusers. 
National Association for Social Worker Annual Conference, Deerfield Beach, Florida, June 6, 2008.

The impact of dysthymia on addiction and recovery.
US Journal Training, Inc. 1st Annual Conference on Therapeutic and Alcohol/Drug Intervention, Change, Motivation and Family, Las Vegas, NV, May 2, 2007.

Non-Refereed Publications

Weiner, M., Malloy, T., Diaz, N., & Horton, E. G. (2011).
The complex relationships among addiction, depressive disorders, and spirituality.
Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals, 12(1), 28-32.

McIlveen, J. W., Mullaney, D., Weiner, M. J., Diaz, N., & Horton, G. (2007).
Dysthymia and substance abuse: A new perspective. 
Counselor Magazine, 8 (2), 30-34.