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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Addiction Research & Theories | Defining Addiction | Exploring Addiction | Our Philosophy

SCHC’s Interpretation of Addiction

The scientific study of addiction is very complex. For example, there are more than 65 research journals that focus on addiction, over 30 recognized theories of addiction, and over 100 recognized therapies. In spite of this complexity,

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Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Process Addictions | Videos

Family Intervention: Getting Help for a Loved One Who Won’t Stop Using Drugs or Alcohol

At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, we often get calls from family members who are looking for help for a loved one. The only problem is the loved one often doesn’t want to get help, so

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Addiction Tests | Addiction Treatment Help | Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Process Addictions

The 3 Cs of Addiction Test: Are You Addicted?

Sunshine Coast Health Center recommends a simple test called the ‘3 Cs of Addiction’ since it is quick and easy to administer.

Addiction and Society | Exploring Addiction | Relapse Prevention

Addiction, Recovery, and the Dark Side

Those with addictions are famous for living in the dark side of life. For thousands of years, artists and thinkers have described the lives of the intoxicated as unhealthy, achieving nothing, an affront to good

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Addiction Research & Theories | Exploring Addiction

Addiction & a Lack of Authorship

At SCHC, we assume that each adult is the author of his or her life. Even though we have limitations imposed on us, we’re still responsible to make decisions that dictate the quality of life

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Addiction Research & Theories | Exploring Addiction | Spirituality

Altered States: Making Sense of Drug-Induced Highs

A key characteristic of alcohol and drugs is that they alter our states of consciousness. As obvious as this is, it is amazing that few people bother even talking about it. What we read and

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Leading Experts | Relapse Prevention

Happiness in Recovery: More than Just Being Abstinent

Many of our online alumni support programs focus on “positive change.” By practicing these new ideas, clients learn to apply some of the leading-edge approaches in psychology developed by researchers who have recognized that being “disease-free”

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Relapse | Shame and Guilt

Relapse as Part of a Heroic Journey

We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. ~T. S. Eliot (Little Gidding, from Four

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Addiction Treatment Help | Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Shame and Guilt

What to Do When A Loved One Wants to Quit Addiction Treatment

For the families we are privileged to meet, starting residential drug rehabilitation can be a roller coaster of emotions. Starting treatment is really about widespread change since, by the time we get involved, addiction has progressed to

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Relapse | Shame and Guilt

Changing the ‘Flat Earth’ Concept of Relapse

It takes a lot of courage to admit when we’re beat and need help. This is especially true for those struggling with addiction. After all, people with addictions don’t usually get much sympathy from the

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help

5 Ways of Making Sense of Adversity After Addiction

One question we commonly ask families and partners impacted by addiction as well as clients who have been in recovery for a long time is, “if you had the chance to change your life all over

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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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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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