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More on Mental Illness: Genetics

March 13, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

As a general rule, the better the causes of a disease are understood, the more effective the treatments will be.

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Opioid Maintenance: Life Sentence?

February 20, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Informed client choice means accurate information about the likely outcome of decisions made early in treatment.

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Intervention at the ER, Part 2

February 11, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

It isn’t that big a challenge; you simply add a basic questionnaire on the subject to your intake paperwork.

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Building a Recovery-Friendly Community

October 27, 2012 by Cecile

Summit attendee viewing resources at the Taos County DWI program table

Like many rural areas, Taos County sees high rates of shockingly young students taking to heroin and alcohol. And like most of New Mexico, infrastructure and resources are stretched thin.

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Intervention at the ER? Can it Work?

September 30, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If we could reach them now, the process might well be interrupted. Preventing a host of more serious problems — some of them fatal to other people, or the user himself.

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A Model of Mental Illness

September 23, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It may help in understanding how the problems that plague some of us throughout life may have come about. And hopefully, in doing so, remove a bit the shame and stigma that often accompanies such problems.

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Three Basic Questions

September 16, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Diabetics and heart patients are asked to make changes in lifestyle to reduce the risk of future crisis. Therapy is sometimes used to support those changes.

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Preventing Adolescent Marijuana Abuse

August 4, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Imagine a student sitting in the school auditorium listening to a teacher or police officer insist that marijuana makes you less intelligent. Meanwhile, he knows that the kid in front of him, an honor student, smokes pot every weekend.

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Is there an “alcoholic/addictive” personality?

May 28, 2012 by Cecile

Suffering victim and destructive asshole, all wound up in the same person. That’s the “alcoholic/addictive” personality. But who is the “real person” underneath the disease?

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The “Rules” About Drugs

May 9, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Kids like to bring up the fact that alcohol kills many times more Americans than marijuana (or heroin, or cocaine). So why are those drugs illegal, their use subject to harsh punishment, when alcohol isn’t?

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