A (Very New) Beginner’s Guide to the Disease Concept

December 6, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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We’re brought up to view a pattern of problems with alcohol or drugs as the result of a variety of other factors— psychological issues, or lack of willpower, or moral weakness, or some terrible past experience. That makes it difficult for most of us to switch over to the view of addiction as a chronic illness.

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Should I Stay or Leave?

September 11, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Always good to collect opinions from others. But when you feel you’ve talked to enough people, try applying ‘impact analysis’ to the issue.

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Quick Onset: “One Drink” Alcoholism

June 17, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

One large survey of alcoholics found that some 14% had actually become dependent within a year of the first drink. The percentage almost doubled when the time period was extended to two years.

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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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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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Is it a ‘reason’ or an ‘excuse’?

April 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Anybody who lives or works with an active alcoholic is likely to hear a lot of excuses, along with protests that they are not, in fact, excuses.

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What is a “Safe” Drinking Level?

April 8, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Problems with alcohol are better defined in terms of the problems themselves than some arbitrary amount consumed.

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Another Worry for the “Sandwich Generation”

March 29, 2012 by Cecile

For these and other common procedures referred to in the study, we might not even know what the doctor prescribes Mom or Dad afterward.

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Why Do Alcoholics Drink?

March 6, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If you’re happy with your program of recovery, find another therapist who believes in letting the client direct the course of therapy.

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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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