How to Talk so Someone With Addiction Will Listen (clinicians)
Useful stories and common sense answers to your questions about challenging cases and clinical issues from Scott McMillin, co-author of “Don’t Help: A Positive Guide to Working With the Alcoholic,” “The Healing Bond: Treating Addictions in Groups,” and five other popular addiction books.
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Those of us who work in treatment quickly sense a problem: people with addictions aren’t likely to respond to this approach.
…in many instance, it’ll be an unfair fight between enormously well-funded, politically savvy industry lobbies and a few determined nonprofits that advocate for public health.
Suppose we could develop cognitive techniques and train the patient to use them whenever symptoms reappeared?
The relative importance of set and setting suggests that the environment in an LSD experience should be carefully controlled.
It’s sometimes said that the justified ones are by far the most dangerous. They’re the most difficult to let go of, and the most likely to develop into an obsession.
In the absence of complaints, the prescriber can be tempted to assume things are going well, when in fact they aren’t.
A reasonably good rule of thumb for differentiating results of substance addiction from other illnesses: When the substance use stops for an extended period, the symptoms improve dramatically or go away entirely.
Topics: co-occurring disorders
Patients with severe substance disorders may experience depression as a result of the cumulative effects of their substance use.