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
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
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,
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
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
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 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?
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.
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
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
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.
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.