Addiction And: ASPD

January 9, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

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With a little leverage and some understanding of effective therapeutic technique, you can increase the chances of successful outcomes with these clients.

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Complex Case: The Devil We Know

January 4, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s this big group we lump under the heading ‘precontemplation’. But in practice, there are precontemplators, and pre-pre-contemplators, and pre-pre-pre-pre-pre-contemplators.

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Intervention From the Inside

December 22, 2012 by Cecile

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The way the “interven-ee” feels about the intervention changes a lot, from the beginning of the intervention, by the end of the intervention, during treatment and after, and years into recovery.

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Complex Trauma: A Practical Approach

December 21, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

We can’t always predict which problem will require attention first — or indeed, when opening a door in therapy will introduce a whole new set of emotional needs and issues.

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Some Observations on Mental Illness

December 18, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Therapy we might see as fiddling with the ‘software’. Not so different from treating a chronic disease such as diabetes, where education and counseling improve outcomes.

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Dual Dilemma: The Problem of Co-Occurring Disorders

November 30, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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It took a while to develop effective guidelines for use of psychiatric meds with a population that was already addicted.

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Dual Dilemma: When Addiction & Mental Illness Combine

October 28, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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The key to treatment success is an integrated approach: One treatment team treats both illnesses using an integrated treatment plan.

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Treating the Antisocial Addict: Treatment Planning

October 24, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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The behavior of antisocial persons is a challenge to traditional substance abuse counseling. Offender populations are packed with antisocial clients. It helps to address these behaviors directly, beginning with the treatment plan.

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A Model of Mental Illness

September 23, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It may help in understanding how the problems that plague some of us throughout life may have come about. And hopefully, in doing so, remove a bit the shame and stigma that often accompanies such problems.

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Three Basic Questions

September 16, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Diabetics and heart patients are asked to make changes in lifestyle to reduce the risk of future crisis. Therapy is sometimes used to support those changes.

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