Category: Addiction Research & Theories


Addiction Research & Theories | Stigmatization

Alcohol Use Disorder In Families: It’s Genetics, Not Destiny

Sometimes, when you suffer from an alcohol use disorder, it’s not just one big thing that weighs you down.  It’s all of the little things that add up and make everyday life challenging.  It’s the

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COVID-19 | Public Policy

COVID-19 is an Opportunity to Address the Pandemic of Loneliness

Sometimes Emotional Support is Not Enough Today I received a call from a woman (I will call her “Barb”) who said her husband “Steve” needed addiction treatment. Barb explained that Steve had checked into a

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COVID-19 | Public Policy

A Tale of Two Public Health Emergencies: A Comparison of the Opioid Overdose Crisis and COVID-19 Pandemic

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic As someone who works in addiction treatment, I am saddened by our political leaders’ ongoing lack of urgency in response to the opioid overdose crisis. Canada’s other public health emergency,

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Addiction Research & Theories | Family Addiction Help | Geoff Thompson | Life After Treatment / Recovery | Relapse

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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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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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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Addiction Research & Theories

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that has been proven effective for trauma therapy and anxiety. It originated in California when psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro went for a walk in the

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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 Research & Theories

Evidence-Based or Science-Based Addiction Treatment?

First of all, let’s call it science-based therapy (SBT) rather than evidence-based therapy (EBT). The cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) psychologists have essentially usurped the term EBT, and they argue that the only solid evidence is quantitative

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Addiction Research & Theories | Addiction Treatment Help

Do Clients in Addiction Treatment Need to be Controlled?

Popular portrayals of people suffering from addictions show them as untrustworthy or incapable of making healthy decisions. They assume that anyone with an addiction is a liar or con artist. There’s even an old joke

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Disease Model of Addiction | Geoff Thompson

Strengths and Limitations of the Brain Disease Model of Addiction

Of all the theories of addiction that researchers have proposed, the biomedical model of addiction seems to get the most attention. This model says that addiction is a brain disease. Its defining feature is that

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Addiction and Society | Addiction Research & Theories

Addiction as Meaning: Perspectives on Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Why are drugs so attractive for a small percentage of the population in Canada? The public continues to believe that there is something magical about a white powder or plant root or black tar or

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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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