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

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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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Exploring Addiction

A New Report Shows What Canadians Think About Addiction

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.

Life at SCHC

Evoking Humility in Clients and the Use of Confrontation in Treatment: A Classic Example of When the Ends Don’t Justify the Means

Confrontation has often been used in traditional addiction treatment to evoke humility and motivation but it usually creates far more harm than good.

Life at SCHC

The Benefits of Ending the Power Struggle between Clients and Staff

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.

Life at SCHC

How We Deal With Clients Who Relapse Multiple Times

This article discusses how Sunshine Coast Health Center has ‘grown up’ regarding clients who relapse.

Exploring Addiction

Crisis and Addiction Treatment: Danger and Opportunity All Rolled Into One

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

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Exploring Addiction

Famous Artists and Addiction

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

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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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