The Labels We Use

September 11, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Having that particular label implies– the need to make a number of important changes in lifestyle that the patient frankly doesn’t feel like making.

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Diagnosis: Towards Validity and Consistency

June 23, 2014 by Paul Henry

The way addicts and alcoholics themselves talk about their condition (“an emotional disease,” “a parasite the feeds on our emotions”, “an emotional cancer,” “a fear based disease”) is rarely considered in theories of addiction.

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A Better Diagnostic Understanding of Addiction

June 16, 2014 by Paul Henry

While it may have similarities to other disorders, the emotional dysregulation that characterizes addiction is not the same.

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DSM-5 versus DSM-IV

May 1, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Craving has finally been added to the symptom list. I was never entirely clear on why it wasn’t included in DSM-IV, since there’s an impressive body of research on craving measurement.

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Do I Have a Drinking Problem?

November 8, 2013 by D. Ryan Hooper

Ultimately, you are the only one that makes decisions about your life.

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Outpatient vs. Intensive Outpatient

June 24, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

The principle behind most ASAM-based systems is to treat clients at the “least restrictive” level at which they can benefit.

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The Grief Exception

June 4, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Psychiatrists were encouraged to hold off on a diagnosis of depressive disorder until several months after such a loss.

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Mental Illness: The Dilemma of Diagnosis

April 15, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

In spite of the advances, science still struggles to understand the disease process that underlies most disorders.

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DSM5 – The Great Debaters

March 18, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

In a sense we’re just describing disorders that we only partly understand.

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Addictive Disease: Why Semantics Matter — and Why They Don’t

January 15, 2013 by Cecile

But to start opening those doors, someone has to be in the room — that is, they have to be identified (by themselves, preferably, but frequently by others such as the court system or family members) as possible/probable addicts.

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