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
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
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
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
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
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
Highlights of a 3-hour presentation by noted researcher Dr. Carlton Erickson, Ph.D., talks about the neuroscience of addiction.
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.
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.
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
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.
Selfishness , paradoxically, can contribute to addiction but, in reco
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.