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
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
Some Background on the Happiness Trap The Happiness Trap, written by Russ Harris, is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which was developed by Steven Hayes, Ph.D. Unlike the Steven Hayes workshops which are designed
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
It is known that before a caterpillar becomes a butterfly it makes a cocoon. It eats many times its own weight before it begins to create a cocoon. When it is time to break free
A major focus of any decent addiction treatment program should be helping clients to live in the world – to find capability, to adjust, to be flexible, to accept life on life’s terms, to feel
By Geoff Thompson, MA, CCC Program Director Sunshine Coast Health Center Geoff highlights a presentation by Dr. Alex Batthyany at the 10th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning. The main message of Dr. Batthyany’s presentation
Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses researcher Joaquin Trujillo’s findings on what is appealing about the use of crack cocaine as part of a search for what a drug user is trying to find or replace in their life.
Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the fundamental importance of being and feeling connected as opposed to isolated especially in addiction recovery.
Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about finding happiness through asking life what it demands of you, rather than demanding that life treat you a in a certain way.
Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses why pursuing personal goals may not always result in happiness. The key may be to have goals that are for the “greater good.”