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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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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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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Self Awareness | Self-Definition

The Link Between Impulsiveness and Addiction

At our addiction treatment centre, we encourage clients to become the author of their lives. We know from research that taking responsibility for one’s life (e.g. being the author of your life) is a key

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose | Self Awareness | Suffering

The Trick is not to Eliminate Suffering, but to rise Above it

One of Viktor Frankl’s key ideas was that a person could be optimistic about his or her life in spite of suffering. Frankl was a brilliant psychiatrist who said that the most fundamental motivation for

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Courage | Exploring Addiction | Values

Addictions and Negative Social Influence #2: Obedience

In the 1st part of this series, we covered a potentially negative social influence known as conformity, or when an individual matches the attitudes, beliefs or behaviours of a group. Yes, we all conform to

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Meaning and Purpose | Self Awareness

Addiction & Recovery: Presence

NOTE: This blog is a compilation of Sunshine Coast Health Center’s April alumni support video series. Watch it here. Our recent research indicated that those struggling with addictions paid little attention to what they truly

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Meaning and Purpose | Self Awareness

Addiction, Recovery, Self-Awareness, and Goals

Here’s one more program on the big research project we’ve now completed at SCHC. The research question for the study asked if meaning therapy – the therapy we do at SCHC – influenced the way

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Fitness, Exercise, and Recreation | Self Awareness

How Vanity, Narcissism, and Rudeness Have Infiltrated Gym Culture

Survival of the Fittest Why is it that people at the gym feel the need to exude an outward expression of hostility to other gym goers? Everyone relax, there’s enough dumbbells and plates to go

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | happiness | Meaning and Purpose | Mindfulness | Motivation | Self Awareness

The Problem with Being Normal

We’ve all heard this term that I’m about to talk about. It is a theme in every teenage movie, magazines falsely convey it, and doctors use it too willingly and inappropriately. We all want to

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Meaning and Purpose | Self Awareness | Spirituality

Find Personal Meaning in Six Areas of Life II

In the last post I began addressing what I am calling the Six Pillars of Meaning. I wrote about the first three: Self, Relationships and Work. In this post I will be looking at the

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Meaning and Purpose | Relationships | Self Awareness | Work

Find Personal Meaning in Six Areas of Life

Part 1 My last entry was about meaning and purpose and how I discussed that with our clients in a workshop. I want to break meaning and purpose down a bit more into what I

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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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