Stigma in the Bigger Picture

July 28, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

This is the sort of reasoning that leads unthinking legislators to chop funds for substance abuse services whenever there’s a budget shortfall on the horizon. It’s not based on return on investment from treatment, which research demonstrates is phenomenal.

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Medical Cannabis

July 17, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

They don’t advertise themselves as PTSD docs; they’re pot docs. Little or no mention of treatment associated with the prescription.

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Hospital Follies

July 10, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

The notorious revolving door wasn’t entirely due to the patient’s desire to avoid change– the hospital couldn’t get them out the front door fast enough.

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Why We Can’t Trust the Healthcare System to Regulate Itself

June 9, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Big investors are… interested in buying low and selling high, in driving up the share price so they can turn around and place bets on how fast it will go down once the bad publicity hits.

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New Approaches for Chronic Pain

May 19, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

Mood and motivation are, of course, a big part of the discomfort associated with having chronic pain.

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Models of Addiction: The Medical Model

July 15, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

However necessary — and it is necessary — good acute care will never be enough to solve the problem of addictions.

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Intervention at the ER, Part 2

February 11, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

It isn’t that big a challenge; you simply add a basic questionnaire on the subject to your intake paperwork.

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Intervention at the ER? Can it Work?

September 30, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If we could reach them now, the process might well be interrupted. Preventing a host of more serious problems — some of them fatal to other people, or the user himself.

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Seniors With Addiction Have Special Needs

June 6, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

That doesn’t mean you need a program that treats senior exclusively. It does suggest that you should concentrate your efforts on programs with access to physician care beyond simple detox.

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Alcoholism in the Hospital

March 5, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The medical professions have been dealing with alcoholism and alcoholics for thousands of years, and this experience has led to some pretty hard and fast views on the subject.

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