Category: Prevention


Drug & Alcohol Education | Prevention

The Problem with “Scare Tactics” Against Drugs & Alcohol

As part of national health policies that address substance use and addiction at all levels, school drug prevention programs are components visible in almost every school district in Canada. Whether in Toronto or Vancouver, Calgary

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Addiction and Society | Prevention | Relapse Prevention

Will a Vaccine Work?

Treatment information for drug, alcohol, and process addiction is now available in vast amounts online. We’ve come along way from addiction being the giant elephant in our society’s room to offering resources and support for

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Addiction and Society | Prevention

Music Festivals & Safe Partying

With the weather heating up, it’s a sign that people across Canada can start emerging from their winter hibernation and begin engaging in some of their favourite past-times – camping, swimming, beach lounging, hiking, gardening,

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Alcohol | Prevention

Nothing Ruins a Party Like an Overdose

Right now, everyone in the addiction field is writing blogs related to the death of Cory Monteith. Well, I’m jumping on that bandwagon, too, in hopes to provide youth and young adults with a valuable

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Addiction Research & Theories | Drug & Alcohol Education | Prevention | School

Research: Teachers More Effective in Reducing Teen Drinking

New research is providing further support for scrapping the ineffective Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) prevention program. In the study, led by clinical psychologist Patricia Conrod, teacher-led interventions with teenage problem drinkers were found to be significantly more effective

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Meaning and Purpose | Parenting | Prevention

Are Your Sons’ Happy?

Near the end of November 2012, I read an article in the Globe & Mail Newspaper on “Celebrating Boys’ Boyness” by Margaret Wente. Briefly, it discusses how girls have surpassed boys’ in education and many

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Prevention | Stigmatization

CAMH’s Misguided ‘Defeat Denial’ Campaign

By Daniel Jordan Director What you resist, persists. ~ Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has a new campaign to eliminate the stigma of mental illness: “Defeat Denial.

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Our Staff | Prevention | Relapse | Videos

Addiction & Families: Recovery Mistakes

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, shares what she has found to be the most common mistakes people make in early addiction recovery.

Geoff Thompson | Prevention

Learning about Recovery from Drug Prevention Programs

By Geoff Thompson, MA, CCC Program Director Sunshine Coast Health Center We can learn a lot about addiction and recovery from our current fare of drug prevention programs. Here are some statistics: According to a

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Our Staff | Prevention | Relapse | Videos

Addiction & Families: Isolation

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, shares why it is so important to have a strong after-care plan and support network after addiction treatment.

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.

Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Prevention

5 Tips On Drug-Proofing Our Children

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services, Sunshine Coast Health Center  The “make sure you look both ways before you cross the street” safety talk, the “Birds and Bees” and “where do babies

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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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