Harm Reduction | Public Policy

Addiction is “Bad”, But Death Is Worse: Why Canadians Need Greater Access to Suboxone to Treat Opioid Addiction

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In a perfect world, people with addictions would participate in treatment and never look back. They would begin their recovery initiated during treatment and maintain it after returning home, thus avoiding relapse. But whether we

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Alcohol

A Warning to Chronic Drinkers: Going “Cold Turkey” Can Kill You

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Chronic Drinkers and Harms Associated with Alcohol I was recently prompted to write this article after receiving a call from a chronic drinker, “Sean” (not his real name). Sean was scheduled for admission for his

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Our Philosophy | Our Program

Why Maturity is a Basic Admission Requirement at Sunshine Coast

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Martin’s Story The other day I took a call from a mother (I will call her “Stacey”) whose 34-year-old son (“Martin”) was struggling with alcohol and living in her basement. Martin had a long history

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Relapse | Relapse Prevention

What to do During a Slip or Relapse

Avatar Dana Percy

No matter how committed you are to your recovery, relapses or slips are realities that are best prepared for. As a part of recovery, relapse is often seen as an important stepping stone of the

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Addiction Treatment Help | Life at SCHC

Expanding the Definition of Gender-Specific Treatment to Include Men

By Daniel Jordan I received an email the other day from a women’s-only drug treatment center in the United States. As I read the article entitled, “Women Find Success at Female-Only Addiction Treatment Programs,” it

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Books on Addiction | Exploring Addiction

Addiction and the Brain: What I Learned from Carlton Erickson

Highlights of a 3-hour presentation by noted researcher Dr. Carlton Erickson, Ph.D., talks about the neuroscience of addiction.

Life at SCHC

Minding the “Bubble”: Balancing Structure with Empowerment in Residential Treatment

Structure in a residential treatment setting has its pros and cons. While any well run organization thrives on structure, the need to control clients and their behaviour may be going too far. A balance between structure and empowering clients is a constant balancing act at Sunshine Coast Health Center.

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment)

When In Recovery, Follow Your Bliss!

Geoff Thompson talks about the importance of following your bliss in recovery and introduces the reader to Joseph Campbell, the noted mythology expert.

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment)

Action as the Key to Addiction Recovery

Geoff Thompson, Program Director of Sunshine Coast Health Center, explains why it is so important for clients of residential treatment to take action after they have returned to their home community.

Family Addiction Help

Developing Resiliency when a Family Member is Struggling with Addiction

Cathy Patterson-Sterling explains to families how the struggles of having a family member with an addiction makes one stronger, or more resilient. This is a strength that can be applied to others aspects of life.

Workplace Substance Abuse

New BC Drug Testing & Treatment Program Policy is a Step in the Right Direction

The Construction Labour Relations Association of BC (CLRA BC) and the Bargaining Council of BC Building Trades Unions are to be commended for recognizing the importance of having a safe, healthy, substance-free work place. After

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Exploring Addiction

3 Keys to Wellness in Recovery

by John Newport, Ph.D. I like to define wellness as a dynamic process of taking charge of our health and striving to attain optimal health and well-being at all levels of our lives.  I firmly

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Books on Addiction | Exploring Addiction

Boredom in Addiction Recovery: Three Tips to Living Creatively

In his book, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, noted psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explains “flow” and the author, Geoff Thompson, considers its implications for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Exploring Addiction

The Virtue of Selfishness for People with Addictions

Selfishness , paradoxically, can contribute to addiction but, in reco

Addiction Treatment Help

The Real Advantages of Paying for Residential Addiction Treatment

Just because you are paying for private addiction treatment doesn’t guarantee that you are getting treatment that is better than what you would receive in government-funded treatment. This article explores the real benefit of paying for addiction treatment.

Exploring Addiction

A Relapse is No Accident

Terence Gorski explains why alcohol or drug relapses aren’t slips, or accidents.

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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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