Philosopher’s Stone

April 2, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

The author correctly observes that the type of treatment offered for addiction will reflect prevailing beliefs about addiction itself– its causes, effects, likely outcome.

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September 17, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

We develop habits and routines that seem to have a life of their own– and you’re never more aware of that than when you go to change them.

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Why They Quit

October 30, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

By the time the family gets around to taking action, conditions in the addict’s life have already reached the point where there’s a certain incentive to change.

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Language and Labeling

October 16, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s the stigma that creates the distinction, not the distinction that creates the stigma.

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The New Moralists

October 13, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

“If you can’t measure something, you can’t do science with it, and in addictions, we just can’t measure things as well as we need to.”

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Heavy Users

October 2, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Some observers have criticized us for orienting treatment methods to more severe cases, but that’s predominantly who we see in many forms of treatment.

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Drug Epidemics, Part 2

September 22, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

We might have been making things more difficult for the patients we wanted to help. This is not unknown in healthcare.

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Drug Epidemics, Part 1

September 15, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Drug epidemics, like other epidemics, follow a reasonably predictable pattern.

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Genetic Marker for Alcoholism

August 28, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

There would presumably be a real advantage to a genetic profile that pinpointed those at special risk for alcoholism

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Addiction Treatment via US Healthcare System: The Downside

August 4, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

The reality is that if we’d had to rely solely on the healthcare system, a lot of people who are in recovery today would simply never have made it.

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