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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Life at SCHC | Resilience | Stress | Suffering

Big + Small Struggles at SCHC

I had planned to take a group for a hike today, but it was not to be. By 2:45 PM no one had yet to congregate on the front patio, so I decided to make

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Resilience | Stress

You Don’t Need to Wait for Holidays to Release Stress

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

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Fitness, Exercise, and Recreation | Meaning and Purpose | Stress

Spring Clean Your Self, not Just Your House

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

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Mental Health | School | Stress

Back to School: Student Mental Health & Addictions

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,

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Boredom | Exploring Addiction | Life After Treatment / Recovery | Motivation | Stress

Between Boredom and Stress: The Middle Path to Successful Recovery

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

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Stress

Spring Cleaning for Your Life

Why does being organized matter? Because it can reduce the influence of stressors in your life. Stress has been around for a long time. Like a virus, it mutates and assumes a more virulent form.

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Family Addiction Help | Self-Care | Stress

Don’t Let The Festivities Get the Best of You – Part 1

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

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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.

Family Addiction Help | Resilience | Stress

Families and Self-Care: Low Grade Worry

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center Low grade worry is a form of anxiety or type of stress that can impact times in our lives where we are

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Family Addiction Help | Resilience | Stress

Families and Self Care: the Biochemistry of Stress

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

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Relapse | Resilience | Stress

Relapse and Stress

Stress is often blamed for relapse. In this video, Geoff debunks the myth that a person in recovery needs to just stay away from stress in order to stay sober. Geoff says to be human

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Resilience | Stress

Addiction and Recovery: Managing Stress

We are not our thoughts. Stress arises when we cannot manage our thoughts. Resilience comes when we release ourselves from thoughts that aren’t empowering.


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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