Category: Leading Experts


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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Dr. Paul Wong | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Meaning and Purpose

Addiction and Recovery: Paul Wong

Geoff discusses Dr. Paul Wong and his presentation at the 10th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning. Dr. Wong’s talk highlighted on the importance of feeling connected to others and a sense of achievement as basic human needs. However, while therapists can facilitate and highlight the importance of these basic human needs, ultimately it is the job of the client to find how to satisfy these needs. Put another way, the client is the author of their own life.

Addiction Research & Theories | Drug Prevention | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts

Drug Prevention: New Research on What Works

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses new research regarding drug prevention, specifically what has been missing in our approach. A new question that researchers have been asking is “why do young

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Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Our Staff | Relationships | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: Connect with Self

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about why the best way to understand an individual is to understand how the individual interacts with others.

Addiction Research & Theories | Defining Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: Disease Debate

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, offers a review of the disease vs. anti-disease debate regarding addiction, discussing researchers who do not agree that addiction is a disease.

Addiction Research & Theories | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: A Brain Disease

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses Dr. Nora Volkow’s belief that not only is addiction a disease, it is specifically a brain disease.

Addiction Research & Theories | Defining Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: Addiction Medicine

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the ongoing debate on whether or not addiction is a disease. He refers to Dr. Vaillant’s argument that there are beneficial reasons for classifying addiction as a disease.

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: A Way of Life

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the idea that being spiritual makes the negative less negative and the positive more positive.

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Meaning and Purpose | Our Staff | Spirituality | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: What is Spirituality?

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about the difficulty of defining what spirituality really is.

Books on Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: Connect with Others

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about the importance of connecting with others on a deep human level rather than just on a superficial level.

Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: Grace Under Pressure

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about Ernest Hemingway’s catch phrase, “… grace under pressure” and facing struggles in life heroically rather than as a victim.

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Dr. Paul Wong | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts | Meaning and Purpose | Paul Wong | Spirituality | Victor Frankl

What do we Mean by ‘Spirituality’ in Recovery?

By Geoff Thompson Program Director Sunshine Coast Health Center Spirituality is a hot topic today. Bookstores are filled with works on ‘Mindfulness’, ‘Purpose-driven life’, Ekert Tolle’s and Wayne Dyer’s bestsellers, and so on. In this

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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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