Dr. Bettye R. Back-Morse is a psychologist and addiction specialist who is recognized as an expert in the field of substance abuse, including alcoholism. Prior …
Dr. Bettye R. Back-Morse is a psychologist and addiction specialist who is recognized as an expert in the field of substance abuse, including alcoholism. Prior to her appointment as a practicing psychotherapist and addiction therapist, Back-Morse served as an assistant professor in the department of counseling and social sciences at the University of Kentucky. There she researched and taught about the relationship between substance abuse and mental health, focusing on the unique features of addiction. In this role, Back-Morse developed the concept of the dyadic approach to addiction recovery, which is a system of treatment that addresses the individual needs of addicts. This dyadic approach focuses on helping the individual learn to manage emotions, develop skills, and locate support networks.
In addition to being an addiction therapist, Back-Morse is also a licensed clinical psychiatrist and medical doctor. In her position as a psychiatrist, Dr. Back-Morse has been active in the treatment of patients with substance abuse disorders since the early 1980s. She has seen improvement in her patients’ functioning, as well as in their recovery from alcoholism and other substance addictions. As a result, she continues to practice her psychiatric practice to this day, working with both co-occurring and independent disorders.
Betty Back-Morse’s wide range of interests include the causes of disease, alcoholism and drug use, the psychology of addiction, and the intervention model in addiction treatment. In addition to her private practice, Betty Back-Morse is the president of the Betty Back-Morse Foundation, which educates and offers resources to alcohol and drug abusers. She is also the co-founder of Bettys Associates, an international addiction treatment network.