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
CMA has published a report card on health care that surveyed approximately 1000 Canadians on their attitudes toward health care, particularly mental health care. The findings show Canadians are ambivalent about people with mental illness and addiction problems but also shows support for professional treatment for these same individuals.
Confrontation has often been used in traditional addiction treatment to evoke humility and motivation but it usually creates far more harm than good.
The author argues that treatment centers that want to have a closer working relationship with clients need to first be willing to give up holding onto power and control.
Addiction treatment in North America
This article discusses how Sunshine Coast Health Center has ‘grown up’ regarding clients who relapse.
At Sunshine Coast Health Center, we follow up with clients after they complete addiction treatment and return home. Sometimes clients receive a call from Darren, Sunshine Coast Alumni Coordinator, while other times it’s an email
Some of the finest artists in the world are recovering addicts: Eric Clapton (blues guitarist), Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith), Jean Cocteau (film director), Eugene O’ Neill (playwright), Drew Barrymore (actor), Stephen King (novelist), and