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Useful stories and common sense answers to your questions about addiction, treatment, and recovery from Scott McMillin, co-author of “Freeing Someone You Love from Alcohol and Other Drugs” and six other popular addiction books.

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Relaxing in Recovery

January 10, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s not much point in pretending that all those years of dousing the brain with toxins hasn’t left its mark.

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Landing On Your Feet

December 24, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

For most of us, personal risk management boils down to inserting a process of logical reasoning between the desire and the action.

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About Those Blackouts…

October 25, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Of course, the drinker isn’t aware of having entered a blackout. Far as they’re concerned, things are proceeding as normal.

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Denial? Or Delusion?

October 4, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Of course, left to its own devices, addiction often worsens.

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Simon Pegg’s Story

August 13, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

As control erodes, the drinker redoubles efforts to regain it. Some resort to “white-knuckle” abstinence, giving up alcohol for a while, just to prove to themselves or someone else that they can.

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Recovery Reality

July 12, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

“All my friends drink,” someone says. There’s a reason for that.

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Functioning on Heroin?

April 16, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

They qualify for the diagnosis, but have not yet experienced the sort of problems that are usually required to motivate a serious attempt to abandon drug use.

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First Drink

March 22, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

…provoking is behavior that encourages a return to use.

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Forgotten But Not Gone: Other Highs

March 5, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s an ongoing search among users for ways to either improve the high (which escalating tolerance threatens to steal away) or suppress the withdrawal symptoms.

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About the Binge

January 18, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Colleges know their students are drinking, often heavily.

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