We have four blogs on our site, each with its own focus:



How to Talk so an Alcoholic Will Listen (Families) is a question-and-answer format blog that provides help for families struggling with an addiction problem.





How to Talk so an Alcoholic Will Listen (Clinicians) is a question-and answer format blog serving as a discussion forum for treatment clinicians & recovery pros.





Tips for Treatment Programs is a question-and-answer format blog that gives practical tips for people who want to run excellent treatment & recovery programs.





Thinking About Addiction is a more traditional “sharing our thoughts” blog that responds to news, information, and whatever’s happening for us right now. It’s too long a title to call it “Thinking About Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery” but that’s a better description.


Here’s a feed of all the posts to all of our blogs:

The Search for Better Pain Remedies

August 17, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

When the push to use more opioids for pain began, we kept hearing that there were 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States, most of whom were untreated (or undertreated).

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Notes From the Epidemic

August 14, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

We should anticipate that many patients with opioid disorders will also be in treatment for some chronic medical disorder.

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“Research Says…”

August 10, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s also possible for one study to validate a viewpoint and another study to validate a contradictory view.


Professionals and Addiction

August 7, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Money is a tool that allows some to delay the inevitable. They construct a protective bubble that minimizes the risk of getting caught and the other consequences that follow addiction.

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Opioids and Mental Health Diagnoses

August 3, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

This goes back to a problem in assessing pain. There’s no physical test for what is essentially a subjective experience.

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In the News: The Opioid Commission Speaks

August 2, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s a civil rights issue: Over time, suspension of those rights can (and often does) become the new normal.

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In the News: Who Gets Narcan?

July 31, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

That was always the flaw with the concept of fighting a “war” on drugs– who exactly is the enemy?

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Reducing Opioid Prescriptions

July 27, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Eventually it’s the business that adapts to a changed environment. But before they do, some will go to great lengths to prop up the revenue from their current opioid products.

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Another Turn of the Cycle

July 24, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Of course, we still lose several hundred thousand people annually. But that’s actually progress.

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Five Amazing Life Lessons Recovery Taught Me

July 20, 2017 by Andy M

Ralph nailed it. He’s right- what’s in the past and what’s in our future is nothing compared to what is ultimately inside us.

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