Pot in Rehab

November 10, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

I’ve never had much success explaining to a patient in the first 30 days of recovery that when Bobby smokes dope, it’s medicine, but when Liz lights up, it’s drug abuse.

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Going to Pot

October 26, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Clients who struggle to stay drug-free can resent the presence in group of others who openly use substances.

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Hidden Agendas

December 19, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

If we want to see any progress, we’ll have to figure out a way to break this apparent impasse.

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Counseling Challenge: “Hardcore” Drunk Drivers

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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Repeat DUI/DWI offenders can pose tough challenges for treatment programs and counselors. The needs of the client and the demands of the legal system don’t always work together.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 6

August 19, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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A big fine, for instance, isn’t necessarily a better deterrent than a lesser one that is administered quickly and effectively.

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Will This Client Follow Directions?

June 18, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If Bob gets a job, his mom will ask him to move out of the basement, and he’ll have to get a roommate, which he doesn’t want, so better to remain unemployed.

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Decisions, decisions: Discharging someone for drinking or drug use

February 23, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

You can be firm and still leave room for someone in authority to make an exception.

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