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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Cannabis Treatment

July 13, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

…we should be looking at modifying our historical approach to the addicted cannabis client, away from emphasis on legal consequences and mandated compliance, and towards a more patient-centered model.

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Recovery Homes

June 29, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

We have to ensure the safety and security of those who reside there. It’s not the sort of business that naturally self-regulates. That’s what government is for.

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Compliance via Incentives

June 15, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

An important step that programs often skip: the collection of baseline data. Improvements are often incremental, and if you don’t know exactly where you started, it’s easy to miss them.

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Compliance via Fellowship

June 8, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

In his review of long-term outcome studies involving both alcohol and heroin users, Vaillant noted the inspirational aspects of such participation.

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Compliance via Coercion

May 25, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

“You don’t see much motivation or insight. But I guess that’s why they have to be compelled in the first place, right?”

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Is it Recovery Yet?

May 18, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

It may seem to the individual as if it happens by itself– the result of an autopilot, set to return home.

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The Medicine They Don’t Take…

May 11, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

But given the experience in other fields of healthcare, a return to the old lifestyle, however destructive, may be little more than human nature.

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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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