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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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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Early Recovery: Twelve Pitfalls

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to make an appointment right away, talk to your group leader before/after a group session, or bring them up in your support or step group.

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Eight Ways to Drive Yourself Nuts

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

They’re common to many forms of mental illness, and they can afflict most of us at one time or another during our lives, even if we don’t suffer from any disease at all.

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Video: Can I Help an Alcoholic Change?

December 10, 2012 by Cecile

Scott McMillin, Recovery Systems Institute Principal, discusses the barriers that keep an addict or alcoholic from seeking help. Learning new ways to communicate can allow a caring family member, friend, or professional to motivate them to get the help they need.

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How Alcoholics Change: A Different Paradigm

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Instead of ‘how do we get someone else to change?’ we ask: ‘why hasn’t he or she changed already?”

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Relapse: What Threatens My Sobriety

December 10, 2012 by Soberchrystal

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Relapse doesn’t mean failure, but it does mean a great deal of pain and effort.

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Is there an “alcoholic/addictive” personality?

May 28, 2012 by Cecile

Suffering victim and destructive asshole, all wound up in the same person. That’s the “alcoholic/addictive” personality. But who is the “real person” underneath the disease?

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Beyond the Barrier: Depression in Early Recovery

April 24, 2012 by Cecile

Medication may help, and we shouldn’t automatically rule it out because it’s “taking pills.” Some pills are okay, if we take them under supervision and according to directions.

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Countering Denial

March 22, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

When we think of denial, we picture someone angrily insisting he doesn’t have a problem. But denial is more subtle than that.

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