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?

January 7, 2013 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 15, 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 11, 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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A Model of Mental Illness

September 23, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It may help in understanding how the problems that plague some of us throughout life may have come about. And hopefully, in doing so, remove a bit the shame and stigma that often accompanies such problems.

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It’s Time to Retire “Behavioral Health”

April 16, 2012 by Cecile

Calling these diseases “behavioral illnesses” and calling our systems of care “behavioral health programs” promotes two destructive, harmful beliefs.

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Why Alcoholic People Resist Help

March 21, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The first step in knowing how to deal with husband, wife, or other person we love who has alcoholism is understanding the facts about alcohol abuse and the reasons alcoholic people resist help.

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“They’ll See Me Going To Your Program”

March 11, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The family is operating under the misconception that folks in their town don’t know, when they already do.

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What Keeps Alcoholic and Addicted People From Getting Help

December 1, 2011 by Cecile

We can’t control the alcoholic/ addict, but we’re not powerless. Some things we can do (and stop doing) to help them listen to something besides the addiction…

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