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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Early Recovery: Twelve Pitfalls

January 11, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to make an appointment right away, talk to your group leader before/after a group session, or bring them up in your support or step group.

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Creating Leverage for Intervention

December 15, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Intervention can be quite dramatic (that’s why it makes for good TV), but it’s really the intelligent application of leverage that produces the desired result.

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Video: Can I Help an Alcoholic Change?

December 11, 2012 by Cecile

Scott McMillin, Recovery Systems Institute Principal, discusses the barriers that keep an addict or alcoholic from seeking help. Learning new ways to communicate can allow a caring family member, friend, or professional to motivate them to get the help they need.

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Defense: Denial

December 5, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Repeated problems related to drinking or drug use force even the person in denial to acknowledge something is wrong–eventually.

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