Can We Make Patient Education Work?

November 12, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Use examples. It’s hard for someone with alcoholism to grasp the idea that he or she can’t go back to drinking at some future point – after a year of abstinence, for instance. But the old saw that a pickle can’t go back to being a cucumber – that people seem to understand.

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Are Recovering Counselors Better?

October 10, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

I recall one professor airily informing his class that recovering counselors had an ‘agenda’.

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Is There a Cure?

September 29, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

When I think of a ‘cure’ for alcoholism, I mean the ability to drink without further problems.

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Helping Family Members Recover

September 16, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

He still isn’t willing to talk about me or my feelings. The kids and I went through three years of pain waiting for him to reach the point where he admitted he needed help

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Is Treatment “Successful”?

September 14, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

The goal of treatment is to maximize chances for a successful outcome. But ultimately, to drink or not to drink remains the alcoholic’s choice.

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