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
Victoria day weekend is this month in Canada and, for many, it is the sound off for a season of outdoor fun. Camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming… you name it. It is a beacon for the start
Spring Equinox is right around the corner, meaning it’s almost that time of year to clean the house up of clutter that gathered during our winter hibernation. But it’s not only our house that needs
With school back in order, it is an excellent time to bring up reminders about drugs and alcohol, their safe and healthy use, and how to be self-reflective of problematic behaviours. Whether it’s middle school,
Over a century ago, research by psychologists Robert Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson demonstrated the important relationship between arousal and performance. For people in recovery, the ‘inverted U’ helps explain why being optimally motivated in recovery
With the holidays nearing, we know it only means your stress levels may be worsening. This is the start of a 4 part series on dealing with addiction and the holidays. It may be your
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.
By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center Cathy talks about the biochemical impact of stress on the body and why self care is so important. Having elevated levels of