How to Talk so Someone With Addiction Will Listen (clinicians)
Helpful discussions for treatment clinicians & recovery pros
Useful stories and common sense answers to your questions about challenging cases and clinical issues from Scott McMillin, co-author of “Don’t Help: A Positive Guide to Working With the Alcoholic,” “The Healing Bond: Treating Addictions in Groups,” and five other popular addiction books.
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Negotiating With Ourselves
I contend that the outcome of a given treatment episode is often determined right at the outset, based on why the clients is in treatment in the first place.
Topics: counseling skills, treatment planning
The physician, meanwhile, depends on the information provided by medical science, usually in the form of materials from the pharma firm that markets the product.
Topics: co-occurring disorders, depression, prescription medications
Topics: craving, maintaining sobriety, relaxation
If the dose is in fact subtherapeutic, then what causes the effects so enthusiastically reported by the user?
Treatment and Coercion
Those of us who work in treatment quickly sense a problem: people with addictions aren’t likely to respond to this approach.
Topics: consequences, criminal courts, leverage
…in many instance, it’ll be an unfair fight between enormously well-funded, politically savvy industry lobbies and a few determined nonprofits that advocate for public health.
How to Forget
Suppose we could develop cognitive techniques and train the patient to use them whenever symptoms reappeared?
Topics: addiction and the brain, early recovery, research
LSD Science Update
The relative importance of set and setting suggests that the environment in an LSD experience should be carefully controlled.
Topics: hallucinogens, research
The Motivated Reasoning Paradox
Topics: client engagement and motivation, counseling skills