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Proposing a Plan

May 23, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

This is in part a course correction from the trend of several decades ago, when the emphasis was on cutting expenses in the naive belief all addicts could be successfully treated on an outpatient basis.

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Coercion in Massachusetts

May 20, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

I compare it to finding someone lying on the sidewalk, helping them up, brushing them off, and pushing them down again.

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Cruising With Cannabis

May 16, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s not a lot of disagreement about the potential for cannabis intoxication to impair driving performance, though without an accepted standard and a reliable roadside test, it’s not of much value in a courtroom.

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When Shame Would Help

May 13, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

Clearly, these folks don’t experience shame in the way society expects. It’s why they arrive in treatment angry and defensive.

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Perp or Victim?

May 9, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

We can’t be too surprised at the extraordinary lengths that owners and CEOs will go to hang onto those profits.

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Genetics of Heavy Drinking and Alcoholism

May 2, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

Many so-called “heavy drinkers” do in fact meet criteria for an AUD, but quite a few do not.

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Ending an Epidemic?

April 29, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s as if we can’t conceive of life without drowning ourselves in abusable substances.

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Treatment and Coercion

April 25, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

Those of us who work in treatment quickly sense a problem: people with addictions aren’t likely to respond to this approach.

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Edible Alert

April 15, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

…despite the rapid growth in new cases, the number still doesn’t equal alcohol.

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The New Herbalists

April 8, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

Unbeknownst to the patient, the CBD products they also use could affect how well those prescribed medicines work, or interact with them in unhelpful ways.

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