Intervention: Dealing With the “What ifs”

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If we do nothing, the alcoholic will probably wind up, at some point in the progression of addiction, in exactly the circumstances we fear.

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Video: Can I Help an Alcoholic Change?

December 10, 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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Professional Intervention

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Professional Intervention offers hope and a way out for many. Is it for you?

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How Alcoholics Change: A Different Paradigm

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Instead of ‘how do we get someone else to change?’ we ask: ‘why hasn’t he or she changed already?”

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Consistency

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s a much-repeated observation of psychology, that people feel an urge to act in ways that are consistent with their previous actions.

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The Mighty Commitment

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Alcoholics learn to test the resolve of those around them. That doesn’t mean they’re unaware of the need for change, just that they aren’t certain that other people will be there to support them.

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Comparing Out vs. Comparing In

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Beginning your statement with ‘yes, but’ means you’re already arguing. And rest assured, the alcoholic is well prepared for argument.

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Clarity

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Being clear with a reluctant alcoholic isn’t just a matter of knowing what we want to say. It’s more about knowing exactly what we hope to gain from an interaction, and moving steadily towards that goal.

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Contrast

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

We want to simplify difficult choice so as to maximize the chance the alcoholic will make the right one.

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Defense: Fantasy

December 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Eventually, the fantasy bubble gets popped, and the addict realizes they’ve wasted a lot of time when they could have been making progress.

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