Critical Thinking

October 29, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

At one time, critical thinking skills were a required part of education in many schools. I have the impression that’s no longer the case. Too bad, because faced with a flood of contradictory arguments, we need them more than ever.

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Video Presentation: How to Talk so an Alcoholic Will Listen

October 25, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If you love someone who is struggling with addiction or alcoholism, you can help their journey to recovery by learning some simple communications rules.

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De-Escalating Parent/Child Conflict

October 23, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

All successful negotiations depend on two outcomes, whether you’re dealing with your 15 year old, or mediating a border dispute in the Middle East.

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The Rescuer’s Plight: Avoiding the Enabling Trap

October 21, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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Fifteen-year-old Andrea is out of control. She drinks, abuses drugs, and dances illegally at a strip club. What can Mom do about it? The answer is surprising.

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We All Need Boundaries

October 17, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It might be a friend, or a colleague. Maybe an ex, or a sort-of relationship. Might be a relative who doesn’t live with you. In any case, their problems are draining YOU of energy and time, and the stress is mounting. It’s a toxic relationship.

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Defense: Intellectualizing

October 16, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Eventually, things get so bad that the details become irrelevant and the objections seem unimportant.

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Should I Stay or Leave?

September 11, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Always good to collect opinions from others. But when you feel you’ve talked to enough people, try applying ‘impact analysis’ to the issue.

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Our Intervention Got Ratted Out!

August 18, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s not really surprise or shock that convinces the alcoholic to seek treatment. It’s a combination of influence and leverage.

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Treatment Outcomes: Does it Work?

July 1, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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Our longstanding practice of branding anyone who drank again a ‘failure’ kept us from recognizing very real success right under our noses.

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Quick Onset: “One Drink” Alcoholism

June 17, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

One large survey of alcoholics found that some 14% had actually become dependent within a year of the first drink. The percentage almost doubled when the time period was extended to two years.

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