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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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Meaning and Purpose | Paul Wong | Victor Frankl

The Meaning of Life: Not an Answer, but a way of Living

We define addiction in line with the great psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, who said that addiction is a response to living a life that has little personal meaning. If Frankl is right—and a growing body of

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | happiness | Paul Wong | Victor Frankl

Aim for Meaningful Living Instead of Happiness in Addiction Recovery

A big topic among meaning psychology researchers (we call them meaning experts!) is the difference between “happiness” and “meaning.” As you know from looking at the self-help section of bookstores, finding “happiness” is very big

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Paul Wong | Victor Frankl

4 Tools for Finding the Recovery Life you Want

In this blog, we take a look at some of the tools we give our drug rehab and alcohol treatment clients in their recovery toolbox. Lots of alumni tell us that life is great now. They’ve

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Addiction Research & Theories | Meaning and Purpose | Paul Wong | Treatment Philosophy | Victor Frankl

Lessons for Recovery from Meaning Therapists

In this blog article, we’ll examine some ways that psychologists — who specialize in meaning therapy — have treated those suffering from addictions. At SCHC, much of the therapy is based on the work of

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Paul Wong | Victor Frankl

Black-and-White Thinking in Addiction Recovery

When we look at what happens in life, there are few things that are totally good or totally bad, totally right or totally wrong. You might get a promotion at work and think this is

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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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Authenticity | Movies on Addiction | Paul Wong

Courage and Addiction: Facing Our Fears

In the movie Barfly based on the Charles Bukowski novel, the main character, Henry Chinaski, says that it is often difficult to be true to yourself. One of the things that Chinaski says is needed is

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Meaning and Purpose | Paul Wong | Relationships

Caring is Central to Meaning – Human Quest for Meaning (5 of 5)

As motivational psychologists Elaine Aron & Arthur Aron say, “caring for others is central to meaning.” It’s a survival tactic but much more than that – We need a connection with something greater than ourselves.

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Motivation | Paul Wong | Videos

A Coherent Life – Human Quest for Meaning (4 of 5)

In part 4 of our series reviewing Paul Wong’s 2nd edition of Human Quest for Meaning, Geoff Thompson reviews the concept of Self-Determination Theory developed by psychologists Richard M. Ryan & Edward L. Deci. The

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Meaning and Purpose | Paul Wong

Objective & Subjective Meaning – Human Quest for Meaning (3 of 5)

In this third installment, Geoff Thompson reviews Dr. Paul Wong’s book on the Human Quest for Meaning. In the preface of his book, Dr. Wong points out that there are subjective and objective meanings. Subjective

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Meaning and Purpose | Paul Wong | Videos

The Function of Meaning – Human Quest for Meaning (2 of 5)

In this 2nd installment Geoff Thompson highlights Dr. Paul Wong’s PURE model: Purpose, Understanding, Responsibility, and Evaluation/Enjoyment. Purpose: what gets you up in the morning? What matters to you? Different people have different purposes in

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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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