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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If you’re not careful, the whole thing turns into an endless game of cat-and-mouse, that leads nowhere.
As any case manager knows, making a referral can be a challenge, since many fall by the wayside during transition to another provider, different therapist, etc.
Addiction programs, conversely, targeted elimination or at least substantial reduction in substance use– a narrower goal that permitted greater focus in treatment.
Newcomers had a tendency to focus their attention on the drug that brought them to treatment, ignoring others they happened to have been using.
It’s often true that the folks who are technically most misinformed on an issue have the greatest degree of confidence in the rightness of their beliefs.
Try thinking of recovery as a learning process based in experience rather than the acquisition of information.
Most people in stable recovery got there the hard way, through major alterations in the way they live.
…progress is the measuring stick. You want your patient to know the joy of a structured, purposeful life.
This is also an opportunity to work on an all-important issue in early recovery: personal boundaries.