September 10, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

In recovery, shame can be a motivator for change.

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Where Goals and Effectiveness Meet

April 30, 2015 by Cecile

Experience tells us that almost all of the wide variety of treatment strategies and models are around because they work well for someone.

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Taking Action: Analyze Past Flaws

February 26, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Families often think it’s the addict or alcoholic’s emotions that need to be overcome to succeed. But in fact, we need to start by dealing with our own feelings.

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Another Debate, Same Subject

February 9, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

The coffee is just not that tasty. Yet they were getting something out of it that was important to them.

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Taking Action: Review the Defenses

February 5, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

They believe that by demonstrating you can’t make them do anything against their will, they’ll convince you that confrontation is useless.

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Beyond the Jargon

January 22, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

What’s behind those fine-sounding terms on the website? Which provide useful information, and which are bells and whistles to enhance attractiveness?

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Taking Action: Know the Enemy

January 19, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

The behaviors of alcoholics and addicts are so predictable because the disease follows a certain progression.

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Recidivism Trap

December 29, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

As if he were proud of it — as if his list of treatment ‘failures’ represented a weird sort of achievement.

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How Come Outcomes?

December 15, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Yet because the information is compiled by an outside firm, the program can trumpet ‘independently verified’ outcomes.

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Family Dynamic

December 11, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s difficult, perhaps impossible, for them to fully separate the behavior from the person. So in recovery, they may cling to resentments from the distant past.

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