Stigma Makes People Feel Inferior

October 3, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Here we arrive at the core of stigma: the alleged inferiority of the person with alcoholism based on weakness of will. But alcoholic people aren’t weak-willed; if they were, it would be much easier to convince them to seek help.

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Stigma Keeps People From Seeking Help

October 2, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Alcoholism is stigmatized. So is drug addiction. So is mental illness. And that’s an important obstacle to recovery.

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Making Phone Contacts More Meaningful (Marketing)

October 1, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Woman holding phone, looking doubtful or worried.

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

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Why Don’t Physicians Refer People for Treatment?

September 30, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

A patient said he’d visited a local family clinic three times in the past year for drinking-related problems and the physician never once mentioned that he needed treatment.

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Rural Areas and ASAM Criteria

September 25, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

We keep running into situations where ASAM criteria don’t seem to apply.

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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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Will Spirituality Work for This Counselor?

September 23, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

I wasn’t trained in how to incorporate material about faith and God into counseling. Most of my graduate school education was on traditional social work practice.

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Can I Help My Boyfriend Stop Drinking?

September 22, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

Once someone with alcoholism acknowledges the need for professional help, even insincerely, the biggest obstacle is gone.

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Helping Family Members Recover

September 16, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

He still isn’t willing to talk about me or my feelings. The kids and I went through three years of pain waiting for him to reach the point where he admitted he needed help

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Is Treatment “Successful”?

September 14, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

The goal of treatment is to maximize chances for a successful outcome. But ultimately, to drink or not to drink remains the alcoholic’s choice.

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