We have four blogs on our site, each with its own focus:


How to Talk so Someone With Addiction Will Listen (Families) is a question-and-answer format blog that provides help for families struggling with an addiction problem.




How to Talk so Someone With Addiction Will Listen (Clinicians) is a question-and answer format blog serving as a discussion forum for treatment clinicians & recovery pros.




Tips for Treatment Programs is a question-and-answer format blog that gives practical tips for people who want to run excellent treatment & recovery programs.




Thinking About Addiction is a more traditional “sharing our thoughts” blog that responds to news, information, and whatever’s happening for us right now. It’s too long a title to call it “Thinking About Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery” but that’s a better description.

Here’s a feed of all the posts to all of our blogs:

Shopping for Treatment

April 22, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Current research suggests that an optimal treatment episode is in the neighborhood of three months. That doesn’t mean it must be all in residence.

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Winning Public Substance Abuse Services Contracts

April 21, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Put yourself in the reader’s place. Most big awards come after review committees of five to ten folks have sorted through a pile of proposals using a rather elaborate ratings tool.

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It’s Time to Retire “Behavioral Health”

April 16, 2012 by Cecile

Calling these diseases “behavioral illnesses” and calling our systems of care “behavioral health programs” promotes two destructive, harmful beliefs.

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Inpatient Management: Dealing with the Tempests in the Teapot

April 15, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

I like to say that most of the conflicts are a tempest in a teapot — the problem being that you are in the teapot along with the tempest.

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Is it a ‘reason’ or an ‘excuse’?

April 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Anybody who lives or works with an active alcoholic is likely to hear a lot of excuses, along with protests that they are not, in fact, excuses.

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Music Hath Charms

April 9, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

You’re aware that music therapy is used in mental health settings. Playing music is great, but for most of us, it’s enough just to listen and be affected.

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What is a “Safe” Drinking Level?

April 8, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Problems with alcohol are better defined in terms of the problems themselves than some arbitrary amount consumed.

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Helping Staff Manage Boundaries

April 7, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Countertransference issues can be a genuine hazard in our field. If allowed to continue, it can lead to some pretty spectacular incidents.

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“Weak” Evidence for Prescription Opioid Effectiveness

April 6, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

These powerful drugs have escaped the constraints of legal use and become widely misused

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Finding the Right Opioid Treatment Program

April 2, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Some of what patients hear is gossip and folklore, something for which the addict community is famous. But there is a wide variation in quality among OTPs.

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