Topic: defense mechanisms
When Shame Would Help
Clearly, these folks don’t experience shame in the way society expects. It’s why they arrive in treatment angry and defensive.
Topics: consequences, defense mechanisms, DUI/DWI
The Advice Trap
There are folks who make the rounds, getting the same advice over and over, and never putting it into action.
Topics: communication, defense mechanisms, enabling and provoking
Denial? Or Delusion?
Topics: defense mechanisms, enabling and provoking
The Inoculation Effect
Topics: bad information, defense mechanisms, negotiation, patient education
Doctors in Denial
Here was a physician who regularly committed an assortment of crimes without considering himself a criminal. To his way of thinking, he was the victim.
Topics: defense mechanisms, opioids, physicians, prescription medications
Don’t Forget Denial
It seems to me that it’s entirely possible for one person to be lying, ambivalent, and in denial at the same time.
Topics: counseling skills, defense mechanisms, resistance manipulation ambivalence
Perception or Deception?
Topics: communication, defense mechanisms, opioids, recognizing addiction
Treatment Plan Redux
Addiction programs, conversely, targeted elimination or at least substantial reduction in substance use– a narrower goal that permitted greater focus in treatment.
Topics: clinician skills, defense mechanisms, treatment planning
A ‘Secret’ Life
Topics: defense mechanisms, recognizing addiction, recovery memoir
Taking Action: Analyze Past Flaws
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.
Topics: defense mechanisms, getting help, Intervention Series