Category: Resilience


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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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) | Resilience | Spirituality

A Natural Connection: How Trees Personify Humans

Dreaming Under a Douglas Fir Amidst the unseasonably early heat of the weekend, my friends and I found refuge in the shade of a mature Douglas fir in a local elementary school’s playground. We were

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Family Addiction Help | Resilience

Families and Self-Care: Guilt

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center When family members express guilt over time spent looking after themselves, Cathy suggests that a better understanding of the distinction between love

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Family Addiction Help | Resilience

Families and Self-Care: The Wellness Wheel

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center Cathy suggests that self-care involves different aspects of life. It is more than just staying calm and relaxed – it also involves

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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

Families and Self Care: Emotional Triggers

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center Cathy points out that just as addicts have cravings, family members can have emotional triggers. These emotional triggers can lead to emotional

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Boundaries | Family Addiction Help | Resilience

Families and Self Care: Boundaries

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center In this video Cathy talks about the importance of boundaries which is crucial to self care, particularly for family members who 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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Family Addiction Help | Resilience

Families and Resilience: Eat Healthy!

By Cathy Patterson-Sterlng, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center Cathy finds that families who are affected by a loved one with addiction tend to neglect their own bodies. Cathy recommends that

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Family Addiction Help | Resilience

Families and Resilience: Get Organized!

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services Sunshine Coast Health Center Do you know where your car keys are? Maybe you need to get organized. Cathy recommends that creating resilience may require that

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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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