In the News: The “Affluenza” Case

December 21, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Our healthcare system supports more and in some cases better treatment based on the ability to pay for it.

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Pot and the NFL Draft

May 4, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

A key trait of the addict is a weird ability to function despite the presence of high concentrations of a drug.

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Recidivism Trap

December 29, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

As if he were proud of it — as if his list of treatment ‘failures’ represented a weird sort of achievement.

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How Easy am I to Manipulate?

February 20, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Their targets often know or strongly suspect they’re being manipulated, but give in anyway because they can’t figure out how to avoid it.

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Recognizing Enabling Behaviors

October 28, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Many good interveners—including some excellent professional intervention counselors—started out as primary enablers.

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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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Your Greatest Fear

September 5, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

They don’t realize how effectively their actions are undermining their own goal: getting the addict into treatment.

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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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Early Recovery: Twelve Pitfalls

December 10, 2012 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 10, 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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