Crisis Management Cheat Sheet

March 4, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

This ‘cheat sheet’ is a quick reminder about some very basic principles of relating to a person who happens to be in crisis.

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HALT-ing Relapse Before it Starts

February 6, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Everybody gets hungry, angry, etc.—it’s normal. Can’t avoid that, can you? That’s life.

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Slips and How to Avoid Them

January 14, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Treatment generally includes identifying high risk situations and making a plan for dealing with them. Benny knew his sales meetings were high-risk; he just wasn’t willing to give them up without a trial. Three slips later, he acknowledged reality.

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Early Recovery: Twelve Pitfalls

January 11, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to make an appointment right away, talk to your group leader before/after a group session, or bring them up in your support or step group.

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The Biology of Anxiety

January 6, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Anxiety isn’t just unpleasant. It’s a prime contributor to poor decision-making. The more anxious you feel, the more likely you are to act on impulse, without weighing or even considering the consequences.

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Is there an “alcoholic/addictive” personality?

May 29, 2012 by Cecile

Suffering victim and destructive asshole, all wound up in the same person. That’s the “alcoholic/addictive” personality. But who is the “real person” underneath the disease?

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Alexithymia: What’s That Feeling?

May 27, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s as if the addict is so accustomed to just acting on impulse that he/she has lost touch with the source of the impulse — ordinarily a negative emotional state such as anxiety, anger, sadness, etc.

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Beyond the Barrier: Depression in Early Recovery

April 24, 2012 by Cecile

Medication may help, and we shouldn’t automatically rule it out because it’s “taking pills.” Some pills are okay, if we take them under supervision and according to directions.

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