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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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War Within

October 20, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

That’s the mystery: Not why some people become addicted to certain substances, but why others do not.

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A ‘Secret’ Life

May 26, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

He perceives it as gradual when in reality it’s progressing rather quickly.

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What My Treatment Center Did Right

May 5, 2016 by Nadia Sheikh

Treatment is a formative time for a recovering addict—the ideas that seem to save us end up staying with us.

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Fault and Blame

March 7, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Rehab isn’t intended to effect a cure for someone’s addiction. We don’t have a cure for anybody’s addiction.

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Social Media and Recovery

January 21, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

In other words, they may also be engaged in professional treatment, attending live support groups, seeking medical or mental health care, or some combination of the above.

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Recovery Maintenance Tip: Avoid Casinos

January 7, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Many arrive in addiction treatment with clear symptoms of pathological gambling that often go unrecognized.

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Working the Steps

December 10, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

I’m constantly focused on acknowledging things I can’t control. I turn it over to my HP just like I used to do with the desire to drink.

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Faith of a Different Sort

October 8, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

True religious fanaticism is, in my experience, quite different from the sort of spiritual practice we find in most 12 Step groups.

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Witnessing

September 14, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

You understand, on an emotional level, that you’re not really alone, and that everyone isn’t looking down on you for being who you are.

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Shame

September 10, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

In recovery, shame can be a motivator for change.

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