Why Do Alcoholics Drink?

March 6, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If you’re happy with your program of recovery, find another therapist who believes in letting the client direct the course of therapy.

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Celebrity Addiction

February 16, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Doesn’t seem to matter much whether fame is rooted in music, film, TV, sports, politics — there’s this sense of unreality to all of it.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic pt 1

February 15, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

What we’re seeing now is an unintended consequence of a change in prescribing. Which doesn’t mean that the medical professions weren’t warned about the possibility, however — they were.

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Families: On Being a Newcomer in a 12-Step Group

February 13, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

What can a newbie reasonably expect from participation in Alanon et al? Support, although perhaps of a type you don’t initially recognize, since it doesn’t involve much sympathy.

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Communicating–In Spite of Cognitive Bias

February 7, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The more emotional the topic, the more subjective we tend to be. And when something threatens us, it can be a real struggle to detach enough to come to a rational decision.

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Setting Boundaries: The Initial Meeting

January 13, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

For some clients, particularly those with problems with rules and authority, their experience with boundaries is probably as important as anything that happens in counseling.

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Intervention with a professional present?

November 13, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

So the professional’s real value to an intervention is as a guide. One who can offer something the family really does need: a degree of informed objectivity.

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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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Making Phone Contacts More Meaningful (Marketing)

October 1, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

In most cases, our only pre-admission contact with prospective patients and families is by telephone.

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How to Lower Inpatient Dropout Rates

September 24, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Picture a boat with two holes in its bottom. Fix one and not the other and the second leaks a little worse than before.

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