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Vancouver, BC: The Epicentre of the Opioid Crisis

November 27, 2018

Western Canada Bearing the Brunt of the Opioid Crisis It’s no secret that Vancouver, BC is the epicentre of the opioid crisis in Canada. The city seems to be the canary in the coal mine.
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Legal and Street Opioids: Why Are They so Addictive?

November 22, 2018

The opioid crisis in Canada has been in the news for two years now, but many are still fuzzy on what drugs are classed as opioids. A lot of Canadians may be prescribed an opioid
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

November 15, 2018

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that has been proven effective for trauma therapy and anxiety. It originated in California when psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro went for a walk in the
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6 Parenting Tips for Helping Your Children Develop Personal Responsibility

August 2, 2013

What is the Gift of Adulthood? As children mature, parents are suppose to naturally transition from an authority role to one that resembles a trusted friend. This promotes their growth into adulthood. Many parents struggle
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A History of Sexual Abuse Not Uncommon in Addiction

June 21, 2013

The definition of Child Sexual Abuse is when a child is used for sexual purposes by an adult or adolescent and involves exposing a child to any sexual activity or behaviour. There have been numerous studies showing
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The Lure of Opportunity

March 4, 2013

While there are many reasons for relapse and many life experiences that can act as triggers, there is one that is not often discussed. It is almost too obvious for discussion but I believe it
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The Problem with Being Normal

February 26, 2013

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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Moving Through Tension: How We Obtain Life’s Fruits

February 15, 2013

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
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The Struggle with Punishment vs. Treatment

February 13, 2013

This is a take-off of an article from The National Post in November 2012. For the full article, click here. Punishment vs. treatment is something that even physicians and addiction counsellors seem to be struggling
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Relapse as Element of Addiction and Change

February 8, 2013

Relapse ≠ Failure More and more, as I do this work of addiction therapy/treatment, I am intrigued by relapse. Many people relapse. Why? What is this about? It is so much a part of addiction and
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