The Habit of Hiding

August 22, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

She had to relearn truthfulness, a day at a time, much the way the victim of a serious stroke might have to relearn speech.

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More on Medicaid Requirements

February 15, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

When they get sick with diseases related to substance use, they’ll avoid going to the doctor or hospital, until their illness is advanced and more extensive and expensive care is involved.

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In the News: Medicaid Work Requirements

February 5, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

I can’t help seeing that as a moral argument, not a medical one. And not very practical, either.

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A “Plan” Isn’t Enough

October 12, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

So if… the real problem at this late stage isn’t the lack of a plan but the absence of motivation to implement it– then what’s in the way?

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In the News: Prince’s Pills

May 8, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Shame always plays a role. Not just the shame of discovery, but the shame of having a problem in the first place.

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Stigma Behind the Stethoscope

February 13, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s no shortage of stories among nurses and doctors about a friend or family member who went through treatment and relapsed, perhaps many times.

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Miracle Max

March 14, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Clinicians… feel as if they’re always missing at least one extremely important tool that would make all the difference.

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Doctors and Addiction

November 16, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

If by chance the patient didn’t fit the physician’s preconception of an addict– he or she was a respected member of the community, for example– then the doctor often fell into the enabler role.

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Insomnia: The Medication Dilemma

June 15, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Insomnia is at the top of the list of common problems for both active addicts and the newly recovering, and sleeping meds can pose risks.

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Helping a Chronic Relapser

January 31, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s hope. Partly because the effects of repeated treatments tend to be cumulative — most patients are learning something important from each.

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