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Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Process Addictions | Videos

Family Intervention: Getting Help for a Loved One Who Won’t Stop Using Drugs or Alcohol

At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, we often get calls from family members who are looking for help for a loved one. The only problem is the loved one often doesn’t want to get help, so

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Goals | Videos

Achievable Goals – Setting Successful Goals (3 of 6)

In this 3rd instalment of the six-part series on goal setting, Cathy Patterson-Sterling discusses the SMART formula for goal setting and the importance of making your goals achievable. SMART stands for: Specific Measurable Attainable or

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Goals | Videos

Realistic Goals – Setting Successful Goals (4 of 6)

In part 4 of this 6 part series on setting successful goals, Cathy Patterson-Sterling discusses the need for realistic goal setting; a component of the SMART formula. SMART stands for: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely

Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Goals | Videos

Time Frame – Setting Successful Goals (5 of 6)

Cathy Patterson-Sterling shares part 5 oh her 6-part series on Setting Successful Goals. In this video she stresses the importance of examining time in goal setting. Do you have the time to achieve your goal?

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Goals | Stress | Uncategorized | Videos

The Nature of Stress – Setting Successful Goals (6 of 6)

In this 6th and final instalment on setting successful goals, Cathy Patterson-Sterling discusses the nature of stress as it relates to feelings of overwhelm, thought monitoring and the bigger perspective.

Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Geoff Thompson | Videos

Make a Commitment to Change – Taking Action in Recovery (1 of 4)

“In order to change, one must first assume responsibility.” ~ Irvin Yalom “How can we learn to know ourselves? Never by reflection but by action.” ~ Viktor Frankl In the first instalment of this 4-part

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Authenticity | Geoff Thompson | Videos

Action as Avoidance – Taking Action in Recovery (2 of 4)

In part 2 of of this 4-part series on taking action in recovery, Geoff Thompson talks about the struggle of taking action in recovery. It’s human nature that we prefer talking about or planning for

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Authenticity | Geoff Thompson | Meaning and Purpose | Uncategorized | Videos

Action with Purpose – Taking Action in Recovery (3 of 4)

In this 3rd instalment, Geoff clarifies what he means by taking action in recovery. Psychologists tell us that you can learn lots of things in treatment but if you don’t put it into action it

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12 Steps of AA | Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Bill Wilson | Geoff Thompson | Irvin Yalom | Videos

Do the Next Right Thing – Taking Action in Recovery (4 of 4)

“I TOOK A LONG, DEEP BREATH AND WONDERED AS USUAL, WHERE TO START. YOU START WHERE YOU ARE, IS THE SECRET OF LIFE. YOU DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING YOU CAN SEE. THEN THE NEXT.”

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Self-Care | Videos

Oxygen Mask Protocol – Family Support (5 of 5)

In this final instalment, Cathy expresses her last of 5 wishes for families struggling with addiction of a loved one. The oxygen mask protocol is the rule that we put our own oxygen mask on

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Family Addiction Help | Meaning and Purpose | Videos

Finding Your North Star – Family Support (4 of 5)

In this five-part series, Cathy extends her greatest wishes for families impacted by addiction. In part 4, Cathy encourages families to find their ‘North Star’ – that which inspires us, that over-arching goal, helping us

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Cathy Patterson-Sterling | Family Addiction Help | Videos

Finding Inner Joy – Family Support (3 of 5)

In this 3rd instalment, Cathy talks about ‘flow‘ which is based on the work of Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi. It’s about families finding something that inspires them and helps nourish inner joy. Importantly, it’s important to find

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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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