Nick Roes

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Nick Roes
Born Nicholas A. Roes
December 26, 1952
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Known for Addiction research and education

Nick Roes, born Nicholas A. Roes on December 26, 1952 in Jersey City, NJ is an American author, teacher and educator in the field of addiction and substance abuse.

Roes is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Addiction Professionals of New York, and the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors as well as a member of Mensa International|Mensa. He is also the author of many published books, including Solutions for the “Treatment-Resistant” Addicted Client, Helping Children Watch TV, and ten editions of America’s Lowest Cost Colleges.[1]

Roes, among others like William Richard Miller, brought research-informed insights to those working in the addictions field with work focused on challenging then prevailing notions about client 'resistance'[2]. Roes appeared on Good Morning America, Donahue (2002 talk show), and Attitudes (1995) on topics related to his books.

Nick is the originator of several respectful, trauma-informed counseling techniques for use with SUD clients, including hope-inspiring reflections and turning complaints into treatment goals.[3][4]

Background & Education:

Roes graduated from the University of Bridgeport, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education/social studies in 1974, and a Master of Arts degree in urban/suburban administration in 1983 and received his Ph.D from Westbrook University in 1997. Roes married Nancy Bennett on November 26, 1977.


Before the development of reliable methods for evaluating substance abuse treatment, confrontational strategies had come into use in individual, group, and family addiction counseling. This started with voluntary, peer-based communities, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs[5], then extended to professional relationships where substance abuse clients were treated very disrespectfully. No clinical trials have ever shown confrontational approaches to be effective.

In the 1980s he became involved in substance abuse treatment as Executive Director of New Hope Manor, an all-female, residential substance abuse treatment center. 

In a series of more than 50 articles from 2003 through 2015, Roes refined and shared counseling strategies based on research showing the efficacy of solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, among others.

Roes’ oral and written testimony was part of the basis for the Final Report and Legislative Recommendations of the NY State Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, dated May 2014.

Roes authored six books numerous articles on addiction, including a magazine column, Road to Recovery, which appeared in each issue of Addiction Professional magazine, the official publication of NAADAC. He taught at Brown University[6] online and Marist College.

Upon retirement, Roes began a second career as a poet, artist, and musician.

Awards and honors

  • College Guide Best Seller List, Library Journal, September 1, 1991.
  • Certificate of Recognition from New York State for “…dedicated service to the addiction field…outstanding leadership…extensive efforts to address the healthcare needs of women and children…” July 21, 2002.
  • Association of Addiction Professionals of NY State “Outstanding Chemical Dependency Professional, 2005.
  • Recognized with the designation “Fellow” by the American Psychotherapy Association, 2005.
  • Appointed to the Sullivan County Community Services Board[7], July 21, 2002
  • The New York State Senate passed a resolution recognizing Roes for his contributions as a health care provider and an author. On March 31, 2015.
  • Awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the NY State Assembly.  On September 26, 2015.
  • Received an appointment to the Orange County Community Services Board[8], 2018.
  • Certified by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine as a Diplomate in Professional Counseling.
  • Artwork is on permanent display at the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello, New York|Monticello, NY.


  • Solutions for the "Treatment-Resistant" Addicted Client: Therapeutic Techniques for Engaging Difficult Clients. Haworth Press (New York, NY), 2001.
  • Helping Children Watch TV. Teacher Update, 1980, NAR Publications (Barryville, NY), 1992.
  • America's Lowest Cost Colleges. Freundlich Books (New York, NY), 1985, 10th edition, NAR Publications (Barryville, NY), 1997.
  • Gambling for Fun. Brandon Books (New York, NY), 1988.
  • (With Monique E. Dubacher) Pick-Your-Own Farms: A Comprehensive Guide to Over 3,000 Farms Where You Can "Pick-Your-Own" Fruits and Vegetables. NAR Publications (Barryville, NY), 1990.

Other Published Work (partial list)

Articles & Columns


Roes has released 3 full-length albums of original music, and several original singles]], as well as cover songs.  Though his music wasn’t recorded and released until later in life, many of the songs were written during his college years.


  • "I Shouldn’t Be Singing This Song" released November 11, 2015.
  • "Second Wind" released March 15, 2016.
  • "Never Time" released November 30, 2016.


  • “Going to Poughkeepsie" released November 15, 2016.
  • “Three Chords and the Truth” released May 31, 2017.
  • “Cages” released November 25, 2017.
  • “Don’t Take Your Gun To Town” released February 10, 2018.
  • “Not Appropriate” released May 7, 2018.
  • “Not Drunk Enough” released October 10, 2018.
  • "The Lonesome Friends of Science" released April 17, 2020.

Music Videos

  • Nick released several music videos[6]:
  • “Why Does He Do It?”, released April 22, 2011.
  • “Be Kind To Your Mama”, released November 25, 2016.
  • “One Small Favor”, released June 8, 2017.
  • “Flowers Are Red”, released July 2, 2017.
  • “Red Guitar”, released October 17, 2018.
  • “Tin Man”, released December 20, 2018.
  • “Ever Since Sappho”, released March 31, 2019.
  • “CAGES”, released November 29, 2019.
  • “The Lonesome Friends of Science”, released April 19, 2019.
  • “Memory Lane, Yulan”, released December 16, 2019.


  1. Explaining College Costs by Bob Weinstein, Boston Globe. November 30, 1997. ppG1 and G8; Compiling a List of Colleges for Dear Old Dad Patricia McCormick United Press International in Rocky Mountain News September 19, 1978 p. 49.
  2. White, W. & Miller, W. (2007). The use of confrontation in addiction treatment: History, science, and time for change. Counselor, 8(4), 12-30.
  3. Clinical Supervision Foundations II. Approved continuing education for NYS social workers.[1]
  4. Solutions for the "Treatment-Resistant" Addicted Client: Therapeutic Techniques for Engaging Difficult Clients. Haworth Press (New York, NY), 2001.
  5. A Narrative Timeline of AA History. Public version. Arthur S., Arlington TX. V2014-03-01. March 2014.
  6. Brown University DLP.
  7. New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. 2011 Local Services Plan, ASA Subcommittee Membership.
  8. New York State Office of Mental Health, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. 2019 Local Services Plan. July 18, 2018.