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Family Intervention: Getting Help for a Loved One Who Won’t Stop Using Drugs or Alcohol

January 25, 2018

At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, we often get calls from family members who are looking for help for a loved one. The only problem is the loved one often doesn’t want to get help, so
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The 3 Cs of Addiction Test: Are You Addicted?

September 28, 2017

Sunshine Coast Health Center recommends a simple test called the ‘3 Cs of Addiction’ since it is quick and easy to administer.

Happiness in Recovery: More than Just Being Abstinent

May 18, 2016

Many of our online alumni support programs focus on “positive change.” By practicing these new ideas, clients learn to apply some of the leading-edge approaches in psychology developed by researchers who have recognized that being “disease-free”
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Relapse as Part of a Heroic Journey

May 9, 2016

We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. ~T. S. Eliot (Little Gidding, from Four
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What to Do When A Loved One Wants to Quit Addiction Treatment

May 3, 2016

For the families we are privileged to meet, starting residential drug rehabilitation can be a roller coaster of emotions. Starting treatment is really about widespread change since, by the time we get involved, addiction has progressed to
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Changing the ‘Flat Earth’ Concept of Relapse

April 27, 2016

It takes a lot of courage to admit when we’re beat and need help. This is especially true for those struggling with addiction. After all, people with addictions don’t usually get much sympathy from the
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A History of “Addiction as a Disease”

April 4, 2016

Traditional Conceptions of Addiction Traditionally, addiction was seen as a social issue, which could be solved by moderation since addiction itself was characterized as excessive desire and a matter of choice. Prior to the 19th century,
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Creating Empathy for Addiction I: Competitiveness in Society

December 9, 2015

Every few weeks, we get a call from a family member who asks us to explain why their loved one cannot stop drinking or using drugs. These family members are often social drinkers or admit to
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Authorship and Shared Goals Needed in Relationships in Addiction and Recovery

December 7, 2015

The concept of a “shared-ends view” – a love where each partner shares in the other’s goals – can help adults whose relationships have been impacted by addiction. This concept suggests that the standard relationship
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How Powerlessness Became Synonomous with Addiction

December 1, 2015

The addiction treatment community has long since argued for and against the notion that individuals with addictions are ‘powerless’. Proponents tend to be traditional 12 Step treatment programs, physicians, and psychiatrists while those opposed tend to
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I did have worries that there were going to be some major changes for me. I’d been using for so long, I wasn’t sure once I was sober how I was going to have fun on a daily basis. It was difficult to start when I got in, but I also knew that and I needed it. The best part about this place is that it gave me a chance, some hope, and it ultimately saved my life.

- Gary

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