Evidence is Great, But…

May 6, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

Research admittedly takes a long time, including the need for replication, and patients in clinical programs aren’t necessarily willing to wait.

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Pain Psychology

September 13, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Perhaps more important, the patient could begin to resume a normal life.

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Is Your Therapy Dull?

August 23, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

“It’s too much like doing your taxes,” was her verdict.  That’s probably the worst thing I’ve heard anyone say about psychotherapy.

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Individualizing Treatment With Alternative Therapies

July 19, 2018 by Kimberly Hayes

Some approaches are better than others at helping an individual identify what works for them in understanding their disease and establishing a stable recovery.

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Weird Science

May 28, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

 A new study may be exciting to read, but its credibility will ultimately depend on the accumulation of a body of evidence that confirms it.

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Two Perspectives on Pain

February 22, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

We may be stuck relying on the soft stuff– therapy, support, behavior change, even spiritual growth– all those icky-squicky things that neuroscientists struggle to quantify.

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Naltrexone versus Opioids

November 27, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Not surprisingly, the vast majority of patients who drop out or otherwise leave maintenance programs return to heroin at rates of 80% or higher.

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Compliance via Incentives

June 15, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

An important step that programs often skip: the collection of baseline data. Improvements are often incremental, and if you don’t know exactly where you started, it’s easy to miss them.

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Cannabis as an Opioid Addiction Treatment

December 29, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

It usually comes back to the assumption that another problem ‘underlies’ addiction, and therefore will respond to treatment with the “right” drug, if we can figure out what it is.

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A Place for Placebo?

November 24, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Might be that clinicians can teach patients to activate their own body’s placebo response, in order to feel better.

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