Critical Thinking

October 29, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

At one time, critical thinking skills were a required part of education in many schools. I have the impression that’s no longer the case. Too bad, because faced with a flood of contradictory arguments, we need them more than ever.

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Video Presentation: How to Talk so an Alcoholic Will Listen

October 25, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If you love someone who is struggling with addiction or alcoholism, you can help their journey to recovery by learning some simple communications rules.

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Alexithymia: What’s That Feeling?

May 27, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s as if the addict is so accustomed to just acting on impulse that he/she has lost touch with the source of the impulse — ordinarily a negative emotional state such as anxiety, anger, sadness, etc.

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Is it a ‘reason’ or an ‘excuse’?

April 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Anybody who lives or works with an active alcoholic is likely to hear a lot of excuses, along with protests that they are not, in fact, excuses.

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No Warm Reception

March 24, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Our addicted (or alcoholic) loved one doesn’t want to hear about it. Dealing with them effectively starts with learning new ways to communicate.

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Introduction to Intervention: You Can Do It

March 20, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Five short snapshots on key intervention concepts. You CAN help motivate someone towards recovery.

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Communicating–In Spite of Cognitive Bias

February 7, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The more emotional the topic, the more subjective we tend to be. And when something threatens us, it can be a real struggle to detach enough to come to a rational decision.

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The Bullying Game

October 24, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Pretty soon we’re having a big argument which ends with me feeling miserable and him gone to the pub.

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Can I Help My Boyfriend Stop Drinking?

September 22, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Once someone with alcoholism acknowledges the need for professional help, even insincerely, the biggest obstacle is gone.

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