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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Alcoholism in the Hospital

March 5, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The medical professions have been dealing with alcoholism and alcoholics for thousands of years, and this experience has led to some pretty hard and fast views on the subject.

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Decisions, decisions: Discharging someone for drinking or drug use

February 22, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

You can be firm and still leave room for someone in authority to make an exception.

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Bupe Dreams

February 6, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

With good controls, I’d say it’s a legit therapeutic option.

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I Think Maybe I Made a Mistake

November 8, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

The previous director is suddenly… nowhere to be found.

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Counselors vs Probation Officers

November 3, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

If the clinicians view the PO as an outsider with the potential to interfere with treatment, there will be inevitable conflict.

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Do Incentives Work?

October 29, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Some clients need more frequent reinforcement than others – those with poor impulse control, for instance, or who struggle with cravings, or are less motivated for other reasons.

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Corporate Expectations

October 15, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

What am I supposed to do with all this information? It doesn’t bring in more patients or help me get additional staff to treat the patients I already have.

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Adding Services for Co-Occurring Disorders

October 13, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

The key question involves which part of the COD population you’re going to serve. It’s not really a homogeneous group.

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Making Phone Contacts More Meaningful (Marketing)

October 1, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Woman holding phone, looking doubtful or worried.

In most cases, our only pre-admission contact with prospective patients and families is by telephone.

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Why Don’t Physicians Refer People for Treatment?

September 30, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

A patient said he’d visited a local family clinic three times in the past year for drinking-related problems and the physician never once mentioned that he needed treatment.

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