Consistency

December 4, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s a much-repeated observation of psychology, that people feel an urge to act in ways that are consistent with their previous actions.

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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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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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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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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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Families: Why Alanon?

February 11, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If you’ve made friends among people who share your experience and are willing to listen, you’re miles ahead of most family members, who still have no place where they can safely vent their own problems.

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12-Step Programs for Families

February 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Family programs like Al-anon and Alateen can help us learn ways to recover from the effects of someone else’s addiction, and help us contribute to their recovery

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Why Enabling?

December 9, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

A primary enabler is someone whose well-established pattern of enabling permits the alcoholic or addict to continue drinking or drug use.

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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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