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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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Communicating–In Spite of Cognitive Bias

February 7, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The more emotional the topic, the more subjective we tend to be. And when something threatens us, it can be a real struggle to detach enough to come to a rational decision.

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Am I Being Supportive? Or Enabling?

February 5, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Where real support is the result of caring, enabling usually springs from guilt, fear, or a misplaced sense of responsibility for someone else.

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Nature or Nurture?

February 4, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Think of the genetic component as an inherited vulnerability — a predisposition. The more vulnerable you are, the better your chances of becoming an alcoholic.

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Intervention with a professional present?

November 13, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

So the professional’s real value to an intervention is as a guide. One who can offer something the family really does need: a degree of informed objectivity.

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The Bullying Game

October 24, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Pretty soon we’re having a big argument which ends with me feeling miserable and him gone to the pub.

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Is it Treatment Failure or Relapse?

October 8, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

“We paid almost $50,000 for that program and it seems like a complete waste. We feel so helpless. What do we do?”

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Is There a Cure?

September 29, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

When I think of a ‘cure’ for alcoholism, I mean the ability to drink without further problems.

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Can I Help My Boyfriend Stop Drinking?

September 23, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Once an alcoholic acknowledges the need for professional help, even insincerely, the biggest obstacle is gone.

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Helping Family Members Recover

September 16, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

He still isn’t willing to talk about me or my feelings. The kids and I went through three years of pain waiting for him to reach the point where he admitted he needed help

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