The Active and the Passive

December 12, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

At its root, treatment is primarily a work relationship– with goals that need to be accomplished, and outcomes that must be kept in mind.

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Agenda vs. Agenda

December 4, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Ambivalence isn’t just a matter of figuring out what we want to do. It’s very much about the ability to make good decisions and feel confident about them.

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A Simple Test

November 26, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Really resistant clients are already planning to continue using alcohol or drugs throughout treatment, possibly in secret.

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Building Blocks of Motivation

November 21, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Even when the patient has concluded that continued substance use is no longer the best option, he or she still harbors a number of important doubts about the ability to change.

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Motivation vs. Unmotivation

November 14, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Most addicts and alcoholics wind up in treatment because they’re experiencing difficulties due to substance use– ranging from the pain of withdrawal to troubles with the law, to threatened loss of job or family.

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What Makes a Good Interventionist?

November 1, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Intervention is about achieving a very specific time-limited objective: an addict or alcoholic who agrees to participate in treatment.

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Pathways: From the Culture of Addiction to the Culture of Recovery

May 2, 2013 by Pat McGuire

An excellent and comprehensive guide even for very experienced professionals, it also had great value for me in my own experience of recovery.

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Big Room, Many Doors

January 8, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

I realized something: though in her mind we’d played a principal role in her recovery, she’d actually followed none of the directions we’d given her.

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Build Client Decision-Making Skills With Football

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The point of the game is to win. You win by knowing the odds and trying to take advantage of them. Even if that means resisting emotional impulses.

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Addiction And: ASPD

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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With a little leverage and some understanding of effective therapeutic technique, you can increase the chances of successful outcomes with these clients.

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