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The Malibu Mindset

September 17, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

What does a place like that have in common with a big-city program filled with homeless addicts who have multiple social problems and co-occurring disorders and perhaps haven’t held a job in decades?

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Easier, Softer Way

September 3, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

One thing’s for sure: it’ll be popular, because your typical alcoholic would rather not quit if he could think of an alternative.

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The Rumor Mill: “Killer Rehab”?

July 18, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Either way, it’s the drugs and alcohol that wind up killing the addict — not abstinence.

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…And Now I Know the Rest of the Story!

June 30, 2013 by Richard Curtis

I had to think back to the retreat leaders I had experienced, and remember just how much they listened to me and offered prayers, not advice.

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The Grief Exception

June 4, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Psychiatrists were encouraged to hold off on a diagnosis of depressive disorder until several months after such a loss.

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Mental Illness: The Dilemma of Diagnosis

April 15, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

In spite of the advances, science still struggles to understand the disease process that underlies most disorders.

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DSM5 – The Great Debaters

March 18, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

In a sense we’re just describing disorders that we only partly understand.

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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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