Stigma Behind the Stethoscope

February 13, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s no shortage of stories among nurses and doctors about a friend or family member who went through treatment and relapsed, perhaps many times.

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Language and Labeling

October 16, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s the stigma that creates the distinction, not the distinction that creates the stigma.

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The Labels We Use

September 11, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Having that particular label implies– the need to make a number of important changes in lifestyle that the patient frankly doesn’t feel like making.

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Stigma in the Bigger Picture

July 28, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

This is the sort of reasoning that leads unthinking legislators to chop funds for substance abuse services whenever there’s a budget shortfall on the horizon. It’s not based on return on investment from treatment, which research demonstrates is phenomenal.

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Hospital Follies

July 10, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

The notorious revolving door wasn’t entirely due to the patient’s desire to avoid change– the hospital couldn’t get them out the front door fast enough.

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Taking the Fifth

August 16, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Faded drawing of man's head in profile, on old-looking, stained paper. The "brain area" is filled with gears.

It can be intimidating to look over the inventory, and think about sharing these shame-laden items with another real live person.

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Models of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

July 8, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

By examining the models through which people view and deal with addiction, we can better understand how our society reacts to its continuing presence.

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What IS a “Recovery-Friendly” Community?

December 10, 2012 by Cecile

Recovery-friendly communities encourage education, provide support for open communications, and reject assumptions that perpetuate stigma.

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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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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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