Chill Breathing

April 20, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

I felt better and according to science, made better decisions if I took a few moments to calm myself.

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Solid at the Core

June 8, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

When you give in to panic, you find yourself with two problems rather than one: The thing that’s scaring you, and the fact that you’re panicky and can’t reason clearly.

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Intrusive Thoughts

June 1, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

In most cases, the intrusive thoughts associated with addiction (cravings, disturbing images, etc) go away during the course of recovery.

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Predicting Success in Groups

January 15, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

We don’t need to ‘cure’ social anxiety, only to increase the individual’s level of control over his or her emotions…

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The Power of Denial

November 6, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s an unconscious process. Not an exercise of will; more like a reflex.

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Recovery Anxiety

January 20, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

You find yourself burdened with unfamiliar doubts and worries about the mechanics of living without alcohol and drugs. You wonder how you will ever adapt.

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Turning Off the Anxiety Switch

January 2, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Somehow, your brain has interpreted this as a present threat and released anxiety chemicals into your system.

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Resetting Your Triggers

December 19, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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The trick is to find another reward to replace the one that’s no longer available. For instance, if we’re no longer going to have a cigarette with coffee after dinner, what other reward could we substitute in its place?

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Dangerously Close to Relapse

December 19, 2012 by Soberchrystal

Sober Chrystal talks about the moment when her five years of sobriety hung in the balance and nearly went over the cliff.

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Slips and How to Avoid Them

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Treatment generally includes identifying high risk situations and making a plan for dealing with them. Benny knew his sales meetings were high-risk; he just wasn’t willing to give them up without a trial. Three slips later, he acknowledged reality.

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