Category: Meaning and Purpose


Addiction and Society | Death and Dying | Family Addiction Help | Stigmatization

Grief & Stigma – When the Opioid Crisis Hits Home

Grief I lost two friends to drugs and alcohol recently. One of them I’d known since high school. We weren’t close anymore, but my memories of him are fond. He was a good kid, and

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12 Steps of AA | Abstinence | Addiction Research & Theories | Bill Wilson | Dr. Paul Wong | Meaning and Purpose | Non 12 Step | Paul Wong

Is AA For Me? What Other Treatment Options Are There?

Is AA for you? Different people respond to different drug rehab models, but in this blog we’ll do our best to help compare your options. What is AA? Alcoholics Anonymous, commonly known as AA, is

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Life After Treatment / Recovery | Self Awareness

Figuring Out What to Do

Faced with several options, many people early in recovery have a tough time figuring out what to do. A big choice—such as choosing what to study in college or what to do for a career—can

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Alumni | Client & Alumni Submissions | Life After Treatment / Recovery | Meaning and Purpose | Pieces Written by our Clients

Alumni Submissions – A Client, a Calgarian, and a View on Addiction – Part 2

I encourage you all to ponder your view on addiction. Some of the most amazing, talented, thoughtful people that I have ever met are people that came into my life here. We are not lazy,

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Alumni | Life After Treatment / Recovery | Meaning and Purpose | Pieces Written by our Clients

Alumni Submission: A Client, a Calgarian, and a New Man

Back to Calgary with a healthier mind, healthier heart, healthier body and I’m excited to take on the world again! People have been asking me what is the most valuable thing I learned while at

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Family Addiction Help | Responsibility | Self Awareness

Pitfalls to Avoid – Part 1

There are many common pitfalls when it comes to life and recovery in particular. I want to take this series to talk about eight of them as they relate to families and loves ones of

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Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose | Victor Frankl

Practical Exercises to Help Live a Meaningful Life

The great psychiatrist Viktor Frankl was convinced that addiction is a response to living a life that lacks personal meaning. One reason for this empty life is that the person is not true to himself

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Meaning and Purpose

My Experience Returning to the Present

It took me a long time to return to the present moment in my life. In retrospect, I had spent many years of my life using alcohol and other escapes to escape from being in

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Meaning and Purpose | Our Staff

My 9 Years in Recovery

Oh May, how fast it seems you come around now. I have been in recovery for 9 years at the end of this month. It’s a time of deep internal and external reflection. It’s a

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Meaning and Purpose | Pieces Written by our Clients

Meaningful Monuments: The Story of Rock Stacking Past and Present

A New Trend Emerges A curious trend has emerged here around our facility in recent weeks. In the spirit of traditional inukshuks, rock stacking has taken hold here at SCHC. A Curious Construction As more

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Death and Dying

Death of Peers in Recovery

I have had a lot of great moments in my recovery and have had the luxury of meeting some absolutely fantastic people. There is a vulnerability that appears when one decides to share their story

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Goals | Irvin Yalom | Responsibility

Goals in Recovery

One of our main themes at Sunshine Coast Health Centre is “You are the author of your life”. This idea came from famous psychiatrist, Irvin Yalom. According to Yalom, it is each person’s duty to

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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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