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12 Steps of AA | Abstinence | Addiction Research & Theories | Bill Wilson | Dr. Paul Wong | Meaning and Purpose | Non 12 Step | Paul Wong

Is AA For Me? What Other Treatment Options Are There?

Is AA for you? Different people respond to different drug rehab models, but in this blog we’ll do our best to help compare your options. What is AA? Alcoholics Anonymous, commonly known as AA, is

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12 Steps of AA | Abstinence | Addiction Research & Theories

Clients’ Top 5 Values of Addiction Therapy

Researchers are always trying to figure out what is it about therapy that helps people change. In the old days, we used to think that the therapist was somehow responsible for any change in the

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12 Steps of AA | Abstinence | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Boredom | Mindfulness

What our Alumni Have Told us About Their Struggles in Recovery

When we ask clients what addiction is, they provide any number of answers: “It’s a disease” “It’s not a disease, I just made bad choices” “It’s a bad habit” “I was irresponsible” Everyone seems is

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Paul Wong | Victor Frankl

4 Tools for Finding the Recovery Life you Want

In this blog, we take a look at some of the tools we give our drug rehab and alcohol treatment clients in their recovery toolbox. Lots of alumni tell us that life is great now. They’ve

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Addiction Treatment Help | Geoff Thompson | Movies on Addiction

4 Ways to Find a Sense of Belonging in Addiction Recovery

Geoff Thompson, Program Director at Sunshine Coast Health Center, recommends four ways to find a sense of belonging for those in recovery from addictions.

12 Steps of AA | Addiction Research & Theories | Bill Wilson | Movies on Addiction | Stigmatization

I’m Out of Control and Defective: Dominant Narratives of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

It’s very interesting that most research in the addiction field—at least, research in the US and Canada, — ends up with the same conclusion. Here’s the conclusion… The drug takes over the person, leaving them

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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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12 Steps of AA | Drug Prevention | Youth Drug Use & Addiction

What Treatment Can Learn from Drug Prevention Programs

We can learn a lot about addiction and recovery from our current fare of drug prevention programs. Here are some statistics:  According to a 2007 published survey by the Government of Canada, most Canadian youth,

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Abstinence | Bill Wilson | Meaning and Purpose | Our Philosophy | Victor Frankl

Transformed Man and the Appeal of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

“Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more. . . . He became as good a friend . . . and as good a person, as the good old city

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12 Steps of AA | Abstinence | Addiction Treatment Help | Movies on Addiction

Abstinence Approaches to Addiction Treatment

This blog is a shortened version of, program Director, Geoff’s original blog from meaning.ca What comes to mind when you hear addiction treatment or, more commonly, drug rehab? Does it involve someone’s life unravelling who

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12 Steps of AA | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Treatment Philosophy

So What if You Don’t Believe in a Higher Power?

One of the key features of Sunshine Coast Health Center drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs is beginning the process of living a personally meaningful life, which includes finding a way to overcome those nagging

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Alcohol | Bill Wilson | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose | Treatment Philosophy

How Sunshine Coast Health Center Interprets the 12 Steps of AA

Bill Wilson, the legendary co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, would find the program at Sunshine Coast Health Center (“Sunshine Coast”) very much to his liking. Sunshine Coast interprets addiction and recovery in the same spirit as Wilson did, the

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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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