Cutting Off the Cash

February 7, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

As we explored their dilemma, the father suddenly had an insight: the money he gave his son, regardless of reason, just wound up in some in some drug dealer’s pocket.

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Denial? Or Delusion?

October 4, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Of course, left to its own devices, addiction often worsens.

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Naloxone Fatigue

October 19, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Nurses and doctors experience the same feelings about homeless alcoholics they see in the ER every Saturday night.

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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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