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

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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Addiction Tests | Addiction Treatment Help | Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Process Addictions

The 3 Cs of Addiction Test: Are You Addicted?

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

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Leading Experts | Relapse Prevention

Happiness in Recovery: More than Just Being Abstinent

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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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Relapse | Shame and Guilt

Relapse as Part of a Heroic Journey

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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Addiction Treatment Help | Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Shame and Guilt

What to Do When A Loved One Wants to Quit Addiction Treatment

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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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Relapse | Shame and Guilt

Changing the ‘Flat Earth’ Concept of Relapse

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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Addiction and Society | Addiction Research & Theories

A History of “Addiction as a Disease”

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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Addiction and Society | Relationships

Creating Empathy for Addiction I: Competitiveness in Society

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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Life After Treatment / Recovery | Relapse Prevention | Relationships

Authorship and Shared Goals Needed in Relationships in Addiction and Recovery

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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12 Steps of AA | Exploring Addiction | Spirituality | Treatment Philosophy

How Powerlessness Became Synonomous with Addiction

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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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Courage

Fear of Rejection: Similarities Between Fear of Aging and Addiction Recovery

 In Sweet Nothings, Allen Abel, author and on-air host for CBC, reveals the struggle that we in the West have with aging. Able says this “conspiracy of shunning and surrender” reflects a fear of aging

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Treatment Help | Public Policy | Stigmatization

How Insite Can Benefit by Switching to “Abstinence-Friendly” Treatment

Since Insite, North America’s only medically supervised safe injection facility, opened in 2003 in the DTES of Vancouver, BC several published peer-reviewed studies have concluded that the facility’s harm-reduction strategies are effective in reducing HIV

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

Relapse and Fear For families with loved ones in recovery from addiction, the R-word is a very scary word. Family members typically fear relapse because they make sense of it as a disaster or failure

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