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Vancouver, BC: The Epicentre of the Opioid Crisis

Western Canada Bearing the Brunt of the Opioid Crisis It’s no secret that Vancouver, BC is the epicentre of the opioid crisis in Canada. The city seems to be the canary in the coal mine.

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Treatment Help | In the News

Where is the Oversight?

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about the private addiction treatment system in British Columbia recently. A number of national news stories, on a number of different subjects, have drawn the attention of Canadians

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Addiction and Society | Harm Reduction | In the News

Fentanyl FAQ

Rising Use We’ve been watching Fentanyl closely over the last 5 years and the effects of its use and easy accessibility are only increasing. This spike in Fentanyl use is part of a large evolution

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In the News | Meaning and Purpose

A Tribute to Wayne Dyer, The “Father of Motivation”

When Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away this past Sunday at the age of 75, the addiction treatment industry lost a friend. Wayne spoke frequently on addiction. He spoke from the heart. His father, an alcoholic,

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Addiction and Society | Disease Model of Addiction | Exploring Addiction | In the News | Stigmatization

Attribution Theory, the Media, and Why Addicts Get No Sympathy

The news media serves an important role in society when they not only report, but also help explain current events. The suicide of actor Robin Williams is a case in point. Judging by the extensive

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Exploring Addiction | In the News | Nutrition

Government Needs to do Something About Fast Food Addiction

A recent story featured on CBS News cited research that finds middle-aged adults who consume a diet high in animal proteins are at risk for increased health problems and 4 times more likely to die

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Addiction and Society | In the News

What are Managed Alcohol Programs?

Recently, a CBC News article described a fairly unknown harm reduction method called a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP). While this article highlighted an initiative operating in Amsterdam, there are a few of these programs taking place

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12 Steps of AA | In the News | Life at SCHC

Opinion: What the Hazelden & Betty Ford Center Merger means to SCHC

As a private addiction treatment provider, Sunshine Coast Health Center pays close attention to developments in the treatment industry. The merger of Hazelden and Betty Ford Center is a story that we’ve been following closely.

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Research & Theories | Defining Addiction | Disease Model of Addiction | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | In the News | Our Policy | Our Program | Responsibility | Shame and Guilt | Stigmatization | Treatment Philosophy

Most Addicts Believe Rob Ford is Responsible for His Actions

Last week, Toronto mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack following confirmation that police had obtained a video proving the allegation. A few days later, Mr. Ford hoped to minimize the consequences of using an

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In the News | Meaning and Purpose

George Jones and the Music World’s Last Great Addict Storyteller

Last week, the music world lost one of its great storytellers with the passing of George Jones. Like so many of his country music contemporaries, George Jones was no stranger to drugs and alcohol and wasn’t afraid to

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Alcohol | Alcohol Policy | In the News | Prevention | Public Policy

The Many Harms Associated With Alcohol

In this article, Daniel Jordan, highlights the need for better alcohol prevention efforts that focus on accidental harm or alcohol-related violence.

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Addiction Tests | Exploring Addiction | In the News

Television and Our Need to Connect to Others

By Daniel Jordan, General Manager Sunshine Coast Health Center “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” ~ Henry David Thoreau in page 5 of ‘Walden’ A few weeks back, I was describing my

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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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