TipsPractical tips for excellent treatment & recovery programs

Everything from building safety to marketing to compliance to hospitality services to program development. Running a treatment or recovery program is a multi-tasking challenge for anyone. This blog features common-sense ‘protips’ based on more than 30 years of planning, starting, rescuing, and improving all kinds of addiction-related programs.

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A Little Politicking

February 6, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Don’t forget that relatively few Americans vote in local elections. That may be a disgrace, but it also means that advocacy by a committed few can have the greatest impact.

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When Pot Becomes Legal…

November 17, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Does his use of pot reduce his craving for alcohol (as he claims), or is it actually helping to trigger his drinking?

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Pot in Rehab

November 10, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

I’ve never had much success explaining to a patient in the first 30 days of recovery that when Bobby smokes dope, it’s medicine, but when Liz lights up, it’s drug abuse.

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It’s Cheaper, But is it Better?

January 25, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

A former national insurance exec observed that when you work in healthcare management, most of your day is spent looking at columns of numbers.

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Managing Clinician Stress

January 18, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Many clinicians work in busy programs with lots of staff and most of the time still feel like they’re alone, almost a solo practitioner, but with a lot less control over their activities

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Building A Team

January 4, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

I’ve noticed that managers who had success in other industries have a tendency to view treatment as a form of manufacturing.

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Going to Pot

October 26, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Clients who struggle to stay drug-free can resent the presence in group of others who openly use substances.

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Corporate Blues 2

October 19, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Some schedule periodic onsite visits that one wag compared to a pterodactyl circling overhead screaming at the ground before flying off again.

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Corporate Blues

October 15, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

For instance, a business that isn’t meeting investor expectations might decide to launch an aggressive marketing campaign without a corresponding increase in staff.


Managing Rehab Program Census

September 28, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Many years ago, when I was a young Executive Director, one of the hospital VPs wandered down to my office to inquire about the census. It (continued…)

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