Philosopher’s Stone

April 2, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

The author correctly observes that the type of treatment offered for addiction will reflect prevailing beliefs about addiction itself– its causes, effects, likely outcome.

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In the News: Return of the Gateway Theory

January 1, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Addictions are complex. Considering the various risk factors, it’s likely that marijuana will appear to act as a gateway to harder drugs for some users, but not others.

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Self-Induced Mindset

August 21, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Having read the research, I’m confident it’s not just a matter of decision-making, or willpower, or even depression.

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Doctors and Addiction

November 16, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

If by chance the patient didn’t fit the physician’s preconception of an addict– he or she was a respected member of the community, for example– then the doctor often fell into the enabler role.

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Theory

September 17, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

We develop habits and routines that seem to have a life of their own– and you’re never more aware of that than when you go to change them.

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Fear of the Disease Model

February 10, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Many clinicians don’t view addiction as a disease, which they believe relieves them of the need to learn much about its pathophysiology.

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Models of Addiction: The Moderation Model

September 12, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s always someone who is convinced that with the right support, the right technique, they could once again drink socially.

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Models of Addiction: The Temperance Model

August 1, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

The idea was that the drinker would admit his sins, beg forgiveness, accept punishment, and promise to abstain from that point on.

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Models of Addiction: The Psychoanalytic Model

July 25, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

And there’s no reliable way to tell whether addictive personality traits represent a cause or a result of addiction.

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Models of Addiction: The Medical Model

July 15, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

However necessary — and it is necessary — good acute care will never be enough to solve the problem of addictions.

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