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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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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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One Man’s Recovery

January 15, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

If there’s one drug we’re all reluctant to give up, it’s our prejudices.

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Searching for a Substitute

November 30, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

If addiction really is a brain disorder based in complex adaptations to a substance, then who’s to say those adaptations won’t occur with a different drug?

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Anonymity Dilemma

November 23, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

…struggles can actually serve as a disincentive to someone who knows you and is now beginning to peer uncertainly up their own long and bumpy road of life change.

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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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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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Drug Sniffing Parents

May 15, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

…actually more of an issue now than in the 80’s, because of the presence of super-powerful opioids like fentanyl or carfentanil, and the growing risk of unintended overdose.

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