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Category: Geoff Thompson


12 Steps of AA | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Treatment Philosophy

So What if You Don’t Believe in a Higher Power?

One of the key features of Sunshine Coast Health Center drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs is beginning the process of living a personally meaningful life, which includes finding a way to overcome those nagging

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Alcohol | Bill Wilson | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose | Treatment Philosophy

How Sunshine Coast Health Center Interprets the 12 Steps of AA

Bill Wilson, the legendary co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, would find the program at Sunshine Coast Health Center (“Sunshine Coast”) very much to his liking. Sunshine Coast interprets addiction and recovery in the same spirit as Wilson did, the

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose

Addiction & Recovery: From Ambition to Meaning

Geoff Thompson tells what Dr. Wayne Dyer and his movie, Ambition to Meaning, can teach those in recovery from addiction.

Addiction and Society | Addiction Research & Theories | Defining Addiction | Disease Model of Addiction | Exploring Addiction | Geoff Thompson | In the News | Our Policy | Our Program | Responsibility | Shame and Guilt | Stigmatization | Treatment Philosophy

Most Addicts Believe Rob Ford is Responsible for His Actions

Last week, Toronto mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack following confirmation that police had obtained a video proving the allegation. A few days later, Mr. Ford hoped to minimize the consequences of using an

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12 Steps of AA | Family Addiction Help | Geoff Thompson | Relapse

Lessons in Addiction Recovery: You Can’t Control Others

I mentioned in previous blog articles the principle that each person is the author of his or her life. This idea has many implications. For example, if each person is his or her author, this means

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Identity Issues | Irvin Yalom

Hell is Other People: Recovery and Living with Others

The great thinker, Jean-Paul Sartre, wrote in his play, No Exit, that “Hell . . . is other people.” If you think about your own suffering, you will soon realize that much of it was

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Suffering

Suffering in Addiction Recovery is Inevitable

It is one of those truisms about life that bad things happen to everyone, including good people. This is just the way life is. Cars get flat tires. People are told by their doctor that

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Anxiety | Geoff Thompson | Paul Wong

Life Is Unpredictable in Addiction Recovery

There is no official rulebook for life, because life is far too complicated. Most people with addictions use the tactic of controlling people, places, and things in their attempt to protect themselves. If the addict

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Suffering | Victor Frankl

Living Life on Life’s Terms – Lessons for Addiction Recovery

One of the principles of living that we teach in our program is to “Live life on life’s terms.” This is a common comment in 12-step programs, and it is also found in psychology. But

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Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose

Addiction and What It Means to Have Meaning and Purpose

In a previous article, I pointed out that the way society sees the world is informing our current understanding of, and treatment of, addiction*. Those familiar with the program at Sunshine Coast Health Center hopefully have a good

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Addiction Treatment Help | Geoff Thompson

Does Addiction Treatment Really Work?: The Brain Disease Model

By Geoff Thompson, Ph.D. (cand.), RCC Program Director Perhaps the most popular theory of addiction—not necessarily the best, just the most popular—is the idea that addiction is a brain disease or disorder. The problem of

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Addiction Research & Theories | Geoff Thompson | Motivation

Does Addiction Treatment Really Work?: The Eclectic Model

By Geoff Thompson – Ph.D.(cand.), RCC Program Director Lots of treatment providers today say that they use an “eclectic” approach to treatment. Basically, this means they mix-and-match therapies. So, they might use motivational therapy when

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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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