Treatment Plan Redux

September 12, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Addiction programs, conversely, targeted elimination or at least substantial reduction in substance use– a narrower goal that permitted greater focus in treatment.

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“Uninformed” versus “Misinformed”

January 14, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s often true that the folks who are technically most misinformed on an issue have the greatest degree of confidence in the rightness of their beliefs.

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A Sad Story That’s Sadly Common

November 9, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Sexual relations between therapist and patient can seriously damage the public’s trust in the safety of their loved ones.

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Risky Decision Case Study: Quarterback Derby

March 2, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

To a seasoned counselor, there’s another way to view it. For one thing, these aren’t isolated incidents.

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Lifestyle Balance Model for Recovery

January 26, 2015 by Alexandre Laudet, Ph.D

This is where ‘recovery work’ comes in, in the form of acquiring healthy strategies to successfully handle (i.e., without resorting to substance use) stressful situations and resulting emotions.

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Cross Addiction: Is it a Myth?

September 25, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

There are many concepts in clinical psychology that are not science-based, but are nonetheless still of use in therapy.

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Root Cause

July 3, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Complex behaviors often require complex explanations.

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Good and Bad Advice at 12 Step Meetings

June 5, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

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12 Step literature suggests that sponsors stick with advice on how to work the Steps, rather than stray into realms better left to trained professionals.

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What to Expect From Counseling

November 4, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Counselors are taught that the best way to make progress is to let the client determine the direction the relationship takes.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 9

February 28, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Their fondness for risk and excitement makes them ill-suited to a ‘straight’ lifestyle they would no doubt describe as boring.

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