Getting Drugs From Docs Part Three: Prevention

September 7, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Try thinking of the interaction between drug seeker and practitioner as type of negotiation where the  two parties have very different goals.

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Getting Drugs From Docs Part Two: The Targets

August 31, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

There are just too many different forms of manipulation for any of us to be uniformly good at identifying them on the fly.

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Getting Drugs From Docs Part One: The Manipulators

August 24, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

One sign of vulnerability: the place tended to be too busy or too slow.

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Changing the Tipping Point

November 23, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Try thinking of recovery as a learning process based in experience rather than the acquisition of information.

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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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Examining Goals and Assumptions

January 30, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Others enter counseling with no intention of changing at all. Their goal is simply to placate some authority.

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Hidden Agendas

December 19, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

If we want to see any progress, we’ll have to figure out a way to break this apparent impasse.

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The Active and the Passive

December 12, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

At its root, treatment is primarily a work relationship– with goals that need to be accomplished, and outcomes that must be kept in mind.

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A Simple Test

November 26, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Really resistant clients are already planning to continue using alcohol or drugs throughout treatment, possibly in secret.

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Building Blocks of Motivation

November 21, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Even when the patient has concluded that continued substance use is no longer the best option, he or she still harbors a number of important doubts about the ability to change.

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