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
Rise and Shine It’s 7:30 AM Friday morning at SCHC and three lone souls stand atop the bank looking out over the Malaspina Strait. Our legs are riddled with lactic acid and our lungs burn like
Proceed with Caution For the past few weeks, my office has been in the heart of a construction zone. The entire building is getting renovated. The process of reaching my office has become an exercise
At Sunshine Coast Health Center, our theory of addiction is that it is a response to living a life that lacks personal meaning. In other words, we believe that if clients have meaning and purpose in
This is the second instalment on this topic of what works in treatment. Dr. William Silkworth, stressing the importance of change, was quoted in the Big Book as saying “recovery demands an entire psychic change.”
Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the concerns of someone in recovery who just wants to get on with living, rather than taking time to plan a sober
Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the concept of having a sight line or “North Star” that moves you towards change.
Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about the importance of transformation in the addiction recovery process rather than “white-knuckling” it.
Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about finding happiness in your life by overcoming a personal challenge and being transformed by the experience.
Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses mood changes and rediscovering yourself after addiction treatment.
Carl Jung, in describing the case study of a client who was fixated on him as a father figure, unintentionally describes the experience of someone with an addiction.