In the News: Prince’s Pills

May 8, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Shame always plays a role. Not just the shame of discovery, but the shame of having a problem in the first place.

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Political Cover

February 27, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Politicians are often accused of flip-flopping, but they may see themselves as representing the will of the voters.

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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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A Problem Becomes Public

March 10, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Hard to imagine anything more disturbing to most people than finding an overdose victim on the floor of the ladies’ room at the local McDonald’s.

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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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Disease Arguments: The Sequel, Remake, etc.

June 30, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Alcoholism has been around for nine or ten thousand years, but most of what science understands of brain function is less than eighty years old.

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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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