Category: Alcohol


Alcohol | Alcohol Policy | COVID-19 | In the News

You Can Thank Heavy Drinkers for Liquor Stores Staying Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic

All Provincial Governments in Canada Have Designated Liquor Stores as Essential Services To close or not to close? Provincial governments across Canada have been faced with the difficult task of deeming some services as essential

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Addiction Treatment Help | Alcohol

The Pain Caused By The Stigma Surrounding ‘High-Functioning’ Addiction

Nowadays, it seems like appearance is everything in current society. The rise of social media use continues to create dangerous perceptions of what happiness and success are suppose to look like. But the truth is,

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Alcohol | Bill Wilson | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose | Treatment Philosophy

How Sunshine Coast Health Center Interprets the 12 Steps of AA

Bill Wilson, the legendary co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, would find the program at Sunshine Coast Health Center (“Sunshine Coast”) very much to his liking. Sunshine Coast interprets addiction and recovery in the same spirit as Wilson did, the

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Alcohol

Sport and Alcohol: How Marketing Misleads the Masses

Spring is in the Air Spring is undoubtedly my favourite time of the year. The weather is warming up (at least out here on the West coast), there is a smorgasbord of sports and competitions

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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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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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Addiction Research & Theories | Alcohol | Co-Occurring Disorders | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction & Recovery: Mental Health Issues

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses addiction and co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

Alcohol | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Our Program | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction & Famililes: Drinking

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about how to support your loved one’s recovery when family members continue to come to your home and engage in drinking.

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

Addiction & Families: Drink Again?

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses what you should be concerned about if your loved one feels they could handle drinking again after addiction treatment.

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

Addiction & Families: Return to Normal

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, shares ways to discuss having alcohol in your home or at family gatherings when a loved one is in recovery, without singling them out or making them feel “abnormal.”

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

Addiction & Families: Addiction Bond

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, shares ways to discuss your loved one’s bond with those who are still using drugs or alcohol.

Alcohol | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Our Staff | Videos

Addiction in Families: “Near-Beer”

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Servcies for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the downside of “near-beer” for someone in addiction recovery.


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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