The Defenses We’ll Face

March 25, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

We’re all familiar with the behaviors of alcoholic and addicted people, now it’s time to use our knowledge to plan a successful intervention.

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No Warm Reception

March 24, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Our addicted (or alcoholic) loved one doesn’t want to hear about it. Dealing with them effectively starts with learning new ways to communicate.

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The Alcoholic Person’s Friend

March 23, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

We can’t expect to address alcoholism without encountering defenses, since they exist to protect alcoholic drinking. But we have an advantage.

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Countering Denial

March 22, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

When we think of denial, we picture someone angrily insisting he doesn’t have a problem. But denial is more subtle than that.

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Why Alcoholic People Resist Help

March 21, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The first step in knowing how to deal with husband, wife, or other person we love who has alcoholism is understanding the facts about alcohol abuse and the reasons alcoholic people resist help.

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Introduction to Intervention: You Can Do It

March 20, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Five short snapshots on key intervention concepts. You CAN help motivate someone towards recovery.

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Sure, “set boundaries.” How?

March 14, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Woman holding phone, looking doubtful or worried.

With some people, it’s better not to answer,because they’ll just argue with you anyway. In that case, smile and depart the scene.

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My husband quit drinking, but he’s still not himself.

February 17, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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

That’s because he’s better, but he’s still a long way from well.

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Families: Getting More From 12-Step Support

February 14, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The way you feel changes over time — and that’s why people keep going to meetings.

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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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