In the News: The Human Element

January 30, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

A doc who’s watching the clock is far less likely to expend valuable time chatting with a patient.

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Maintenance Dilemma

December 22, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Weary looking young man lies on sofa extending a remote control.

Would you respond to this information with a concerted effort at self-examination and profound behavior change?

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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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Diagnosing Cannabis Use Disorder: Updated

November 14, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

It certainly makes sense that if you suffer from a major mental illness, you should stay away from pot.

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Pot in Rehab

November 10, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

I’ve never had much success explaining to a patient in the first 30 days of recovery that when Bobby smokes dope, it’s medicine, but when Liz lights up, it’s drug abuse.

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Drug Testing

October 27, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

If you’re not careful, the whole thing turns into an endless game of cat-and-mouse, that leads nowhere.

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Three Challenges

September 15, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Like a stroke patient who suddenly finds himself needing to relearn basic skills that were once automatic, it may require a level of personal commitment unseen for many years.

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Treatment Plan Redux

September 12, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Addiction programs, conversely, targeted elimination or at least substantial reduction in substance use– a narrower goal that permitted greater focus in treatment.

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What is Trauma?

August 25, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

The practitioner’s job is to tease apart the clinical picture to identify likely contributors to focus on in treatment.

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Cross-Addiction

July 18, 2016 by C. Scott McMillin

Newcomers had a tendency to focus their attention on the drug that brought them to treatment, ignoring others they happened to have been using.

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