Category: Cathy Patterson-Sterling


Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help

5 Ways of Making Sense of Adversity After Addiction

One question we commonly ask families and partners impacted by addiction as well as clients who have been in recovery for a long time is, “if you had the chance to change your life all over

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

The Importance Of Striking Out Into Adulthood

Cathy Patterson-Sterling discusses how parents who expert manage their adult children with addictions can lead to the ‘king baby’ effect and low self-esteem.

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Relapse | Relapse Prevention

He Relapsed. What Now?

A common saying in AA is “If nothing changes, then nothing changes”. This is an important slogan to remember for people and families impacted by addiction. Even if a person completes treatment or intensive counseling,

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

Addiction Recovery for Families: Understanding Slips vs. Relapse

A topic that many people do not want to talk about is relapse. Especially if, as a family member, you have spent a lot of money on treatment and are waiting for some picturesque “sunset

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Goals | Videos

Achievable Goals – Setting Successful Goals (3 of 6)

In this 3rd instalment of the six-part series on goal setting, Cathy Patterson-Sterling discusses the SMART formula for goal setting and the importance of making your goals achievable. SMART stands for: Specific Measurable Attainable or

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Goals | Videos

Realistic Goals – Setting Successful Goals (4 of 6)

In part 4 of this 6 part series on setting successful goals, Cathy Patterson-Sterling discusses the need for realistic goal setting; a component of the SMART formula. SMART stands for: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely

Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Goals | Videos

Time Frame – Setting Successful Goals (5 of 6)

Cathy Patterson-Sterling shares part 5 oh her 6-part series on Setting Successful Goals. In this video she stresses the importance of examining time in goal setting. Do you have the time to achieve your goal?

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Goals | Stress | Uncategorized | Videos

The Nature of Stress – Setting Successful Goals (6 of 6)

In this 6th and final instalment on setting successful goals, Cathy Patterson-Sterling discusses the nature of stress as it relates to feelings of overwhelm, thought monitoring and the bigger perspective.

Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Self-Care | Videos

Oxygen Mask Protocol – Family Support (5 of 5)

In this final instalment, Cathy expresses her last of 5 wishes for families struggling with addiction of a loved one. The oxygen mask protocol is the rule that we put our own oxygen mask on

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Videos

Finding Inner Joy – Family Support (3 of 5)

In this 3rd instalment, Cathy talks about ‘flow‘ which is based on the work of Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi. It’s about families finding something that inspires them and helps nourish inner joy. Importantly, it’s important to find

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Boundaries | Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Videos

Healthy Boundaries – Family Support (2 of 5)

In part 2 of this series on supporting families affected by a loved one’s addiction, Cathy Patterson-Sterling highlights the the second of her five greatest wishes for families – maintaining healthy boundaries.

Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Videos

Healthy Emotional Detachment – Family Support (1 of 5)

In this first instalment, Cathy invites loved ones to consider the first of five techniques that wil help them deal with addiction in the family: healthy emotional detachment.


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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