Don’t Forget Denial

February 20, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

It seems to me that it’s entirely possible for one person to be lying, ambivalent, and in denial at the same time.

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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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A ‘Secret’ Life

May 26, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

He perceives it as gradual when in reality it’s progressing rather quickly.

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Taking Action: Analyze Past Flaws

February 26, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Families often think it’s the addict or alcoholic’s emotions that need to be overcome to succeed. But in fact, we need to start by dealing with our own feelings.

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Taking Action: Review the Defenses

February 5, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

They believe that by demonstrating you can’t make them do anything against their will, they’ll convince you that confrontation is useless.

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The Power of Denial

November 6, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s an unconscious process. Not an exercise of will; more like a reflex.

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Hitting Bottom

November 6, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

We’ll see the progress that was occurring even when the addict appeared, at the time, to be floundering badly.

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Intervener Basics

October 4, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

The same people whose “enabling” actions allow the disease to flourish— and who may feel helpless to confront it— are the ones who can be most effective as interveners.

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Whose Life is it, Anyway?

May 20, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s often difficult for family members to see the real extent and nature of the damage addiction has caused to themselves and the family.

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My Kid Can’t Be Addicted: Family Defenses

February 25, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

What underlies these defenses is anxiety. We’re afraid of what we might find out.

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