In the News: Sex Addiction Again…

June 5, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

A Federal judge once concluded in a famous lawsuit: It was clear that psychiatrists get together to define various disorders, and then every so often, get back together to redefine them.

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Diagnosing Cannabis Use Disorder: Updated

November 14, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

It certainly makes sense that if you suffer from a major mental illness, you should stay away from pot.

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What is a Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD)?

June 30, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Perhaps 20% of users will experience withdrawal– evidence of their dependence on the drug– regardless of whether they have other symptoms.

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Heavy Users

October 2, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Some observers have criticized us for orienting treatment methods to more severe cases, but that’s predominantly who we see in many forms of treatment.

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The Labels We Use

September 11, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Having that particular label implies– the need to make a number of important changes in lifestyle that the patient frankly doesn’t feel like making.

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Diagnosis: Towards Validity and Consistency

June 23, 2014 by Paul Henry

The way addicts and alcoholics themselves talk about their condition (“an emotional disease,” “a parasite the feeds on our emotions”, “an emotional cancer,” “a fear based disease”) is rarely considered in theories of addiction.

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A Better Diagnostic Understanding of Addiction

June 16, 2014 by Paul Henry

While it may have similarities to other disorders, the emotional dysregulation that characterizes addiction is not the same.

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DSM-5 versus DSM-IV

May 1, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Craving has finally been added to the symptom list. I was never entirely clear on why it wasn’t included in DSM-IV, since there’s an impressive body of research on craving measurement.

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Do I Have a Drinking Problem?

November 8, 2013 by D. Ryan Hooper

Ultimately, you are the only one that makes decisions about your life.

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Outpatient vs. Intensive Outpatient

June 24, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

The principle behind most ASAM-based systems is to treat clients at the “least restrictive” level at which they can benefit.

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