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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Family Addiction Help | Forgiveness | Parenting | Relationships | Shame and Guilt

Healing and Moving Forward After Your Loved One Comes Home from Treatment

If you are reading this program, your loved one is possibly fresh home from his stay here at SCHC, and there is still much work to do to heal hurts and move forward from the

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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 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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Alcohol | Family Addiction Help | Relapse | Shame and Guilt

Body Language May Predict Alcohol Relapse

New research by University of British Columbia psychologist Jessica Tracy suggests that problem drinkers will unknowingly convey early signs of relapse to others through their body language. Interestingly, the key physical mannerism was found to

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Movies on Addiction | Shame and Guilt | Stigmatization

Flying High: An Analysis of the Film “Flight” – Part 3

Combine these themes into one broader concept and there is a more curious idea present. Why does one’s addiction or negatively viewed behaviour trump positive actions performed by that individual? While Whip’s frustration with the

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Meaning and Purpose | Movies on Addiction | Shame and Guilt

Flying High: An Analysis of the Film “Flight” – Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I saw the new movie “Flight” in theatres. As the social media coordinator for SCHC, I’m always looking for topics to talk about. Heads up: The following information may be

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Relationships | Shame and Guilt | Victor Frankl

Relationships and Addiction

By Geoff Thompson – MA, CCC Program Director Recovery demands three connections: with yourself (self-awareness), with others, and with something that makes you feel alive and energized and vital (e.g. volunteering). We’ve talked about these

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Relationships | Shame and Guilt

Parenting and Addiction: The Gift of Adulthood – Part 4

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center PART FOUR OF FOUR The Transition From Addiction Treatment To Adulthood Some parents are concerned because when their adult children complete treatment,

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

Signs You’ve Internalized the Stigma of Addiction and 3 Ways to get Past it

Society’s Role in the Stigma of Addiction Many addiction experts believe that one of the greatest barriers to recovery is clients’ internalized the stigma of addiction. In other words, clients think of themselves as ‘failures’, ‘diseased’,

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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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