Our goal is to reframe the discussion in a way that supports rather than undermines change.
Topics: defense mechanisms, negotiation, patient education
Ambivalence isn’t just a matter of figuring out what we want to do. It’s very much about the ability to make good decisions and feel confident about them.
Topics: client engagement and motivation, counseling skills, negotiation, treatment planning
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.
Topics: counseling, court-mandated, DUI/DWI, leverage, negotiation, Using Leverage Series
You should expect the alcoholic/ addict to test the agreement. It’s only natural. They need to see if you really mean it, or were just blowing smoke. If you stick to your guns, they’ll abandon the challenge.
Topics: communication, Effective Communication with The Addict or Alcoholic, getting help, negotiation
At one time, critical thinking skills were a required part of education in many schools. I have the impression that’s no longer the case. Too bad, because faced with a flood of contradictory arguments, we need them more than ever.
Topics: communication, Effective Communication with The Addict or Alcoholic, negotiation
All successful negotiations depend on two outcomes, whether you’re dealing with your 15 year old, or mediating a border dispute in the Middle East.
Topics: adolescent addiction, family, family dysfunction, kids, negotiation, parent child conflict
Explain your situation and make a request: You want your nephew’s name placed on the admissions list for a date beyond the current waiting list.
Topics: finding the right treatment, intervention, Intervention Series, negotiation, referral
Five short snapshots on key intervention concepts. You CAN help motivate someone towards recovery.
Topics: addiction, alcoholism, communication, intervention, Intervention Series, Introduction to Intervention, leverage, negotiation
The family had good representation from important people in the alcoholic’s life, and there was professional help, but that’s not leverage.
Topics: getting help, intervention, Intervention Series, leverage, negotiation
Once an alcoholic acknowledges the need for professional help, even insincerely, the biggest obstacle is gone.
Topics: addiction, alcoholism, co dependency, communication, getting help, negotiation, recognizing the addict or alcoholic, signs and symptoms