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Healing and Moving Forward After Your Loved One Comes Home from Treatment

If you are reading this program, your loved one is possibly fresh home from his stay here at SCHC, and there is still much work to do to heal hurts and move forward from the

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Boundaries | Family Addiction Help | Parenting | Relapse Prevention | Relationships

Encouraging Authorship After Your Loved One Returns Home

We know that having authorship over one’s life is the only way to attain meaning and purpose in one’s life. We also know that the best way to stave off addiction is by leading a

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Boundaries | Family Addiction Help | Meaning and Purpose | Parenting

Tips for Families of Addicts

Families who discover that someone in the family is addicted often tell of how difficult life becomes. Recently, a mother talked in the online media of what it was like for her and her family

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Family Addiction Help | Parenting

Why do Some Youth Succumb to Addiction, While Others do not?

According to a 2012 study by Health Canada, 91% of youth admitted to being intoxicated with alcohol, 36.9% admitted to intoxication with illegal drugs, and 43.2% admitted to intoxication with pharmaceuticals. An interesting study on

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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.

Family Addiction Help | Parenting

When Worst Fears Become Real: How Parents can Talk About Drugs and Alcohol

When parents consider their top five fears for their children, a common one that is noted is the fear that their child will grow up to become a drug addict. Many parents believe that they

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Drug Prevention | Family Addiction Help | Motivation | Parenting | Resilience

A Teacher Speaks Out: The Dangers of Over-Managing Our Kids

Barb Struch is a long-time high school teacher residing in Powell River, British Columbia. Barb and I both share a concern about the way schools and families are preparing youth for adulthood, albeit from different

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Parenting

Managing the “Worry Monster” During the Transition to Adulthood

The “worry monster” is one of the greater challenges for parents. Even if an adult child is doing well in recovery, parents can still be easily overwhelmed and consumed by their anxiety about the future.

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6 Parenting Tips for Helping Your Children Develop Personal Responsibility

What is the Gift of Adulthood? As children mature, parents are suppose to naturally transition from an authority role to one that resembles a trusted friend. This promotes their growth into adulthood. Many parents struggle

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Parenting

The Gift of Adulthood

The interaction between parents and their adult children with addiction highly impacts the restoration of well-being and the maintenance of a healthy, sustainable recovery. Parents have two primary responsibilities: Keeping their children safe, and Nurturing

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Meaning and Purpose | Parenting | Prevention

Are Your Sons’ Happy?

Near the end of November 2012, I read an article in the Globe & Mail Newspaper on “Celebrating Boys’ Boyness” by Margaret Wente. Briefly, it discusses how girls have surpassed boys’ in education and many

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Addiction & Families: Gift of Adulthood

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses her new pamphlet “Giving Your Adult Child the Gift of Adulthood.”


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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