Treatment and Coercion

April 25, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

Those of us who work in treatment quickly sense a problem: people with addictions aren’t likely to respond to this approach.

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Why Zero Tolerance Fails

July 26, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

…as one judge told me at a conference: “no matter how many jails you build, judges will fill them. It’s the easiest way to make this someone else’s problem, instead of ours.”

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Prison as a Strategy

April 19, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

The theory is that the more users we put in jail or prison, the fewer left out on the street. So why hasn’t that substantially reduced arrest and overdose statistics?

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Florida’s Compulsory Treatment Law

March 26, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Many of those programs treat opioid users without relying on medication, and yet manage to achieve remarkable success rates– sometimes 80% over a five year period.

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Revolving Cell Doors

December 18, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

In many communities, the push to get the drinker or user “off the street” has turned the jail into an unwilling detox facility.

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Crime vs. Disease

November 6, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

…healthcare advocates have to work extra hard while proponents of a more punitive approach simply point to a crime committed by a drug user…

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The Drugs/Crime Axis

September 28, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Young man wearing handcuffs, sitting back againts a wall, looking angry.

It helps to remember that when it comes to crime, drugs and alcohol play a dual role.

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Mandated vs. Voluntary Treatment

March 2, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

I suspect that the methodology for measuring success was far too narrow. Focused entirely on crime, they missed a host of other gains from participation in treatment.

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Opioid Addiction and Probation: Effective Support

June 27, 2016 by Miller VanFossen

Be sure to tell them to focus more on the positive things their loved one is doing versus what s/he has done wrong in the past.

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The Ghost of DUIs Past

December 1, 2014 by Marisa Feil

Closure is a great aid to the process of recovery, as it allows you to shut the door to that part of your life and move forward to newer, better things.

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