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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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Counseling Clients With Complex Disorders

February 2, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

…progress is the measuring stick. You want your patient to know the joy of a structured, purposeful life.

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Understanding Objections to 12 Step Groups

December 18, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

This is also an opportunity to work on an all-important issue in early recovery: personal boundaries.

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Alternatives

October 6, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

I’m told that less than half of contemporary medical practice is actually rooted in evidence.

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Confirmation Bias and Counseling

September 29, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Project Match has long been held up as demonstrating the efficacy of three very different approaches.

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Cross Addiction: Is it a Myth?

September 25, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

There are many concepts in clinical psychology that are not science-based, but are nonetheless still of use in therapy.

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Prognosis

September 4, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Patients are often afraid to ask, but when they do, they seem to want the truth.

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Root Cause

July 3, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Complex behaviors often require complex explanations.

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Addiction Counseling Ingredients

April 28, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Stats are something we impose on them when there’s already another client waiting in the corridor and the charting still isn’t done.

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Counseling Effectiveness: Allegiance and Alliance

April 24, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

The challenge is to develop that relationship quickly enough to engage the client and create an environment that promotes success.

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Professional Versus Not

April 17, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

From the beginning, it was designed to be a program for living… a grass-roots approach based not on scientific research or professional practice but on the direct experience of recovering persons.

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