Coercion in Massachusetts

May 20, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

I compare it to finding someone lying on the sidewalk, helping them up, brushing them off, and pushing them down again.

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Treatment and Coercion

April 25, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

Those of us who work in treatment quickly sense a problem: people with addictions aren’t likely to respond to this approach.

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Florida’s Compulsory Treatment Law

March 26, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Many of those programs treat opioid users without relying on medication, and yet manage to achieve remarkable success rates– sometimes 80% over a five year period.

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Compliance via Coercion

May 25, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

“You don’t see much motivation or insight. But I guess that’s why they have to be compelled in the first place, right?”

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 8

February 13, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Even the most recalcitrant drinker can appreciate the desirability of avoiding still more consequences. It’s a side door around some of the alcoholic’s denial.

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Why Intervention Works

January 31, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

The addict may have tried to control drinking or drug use many times, and failed. This experience leads him to conclude that he can’t change.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 7

January 22, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

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Involving the therapeutic team adds strength to the message and can speed the accomplishment of important goals.

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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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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 6

August 19, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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A big fine, for instance, isn’t necessarily a better deterrent than a lesser one that is administered quickly and effectively.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 5

July 9, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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But if the client also conveys a strong desire to get a degree or a worthwhile job, or start a family or get out of debt – these also constitute motivators for success.

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