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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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Beyond the Barrier: Depression in Early Recovery

April 24, 2012 by Cecile

Medication may help, and we shouldn’t automatically rule it out because it’s “taking pills.” Some pills are okay, if we take them under supervision and according to directions.

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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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“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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Teachers Reduce Addiction Risk!

April 1, 2012 by Cecile

This is the first data-driven study which shows that teacher support is associated with lower levels of early alcohol use.


Another Worry for the “Sandwich Generation”

March 25, 2012 by Cecile

For these and other common procedures referred to in the study, we might not even know what the doctor prescribes Mom or Dad afterward.

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