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Music Festivals & Safe Partying

April 2, 2014

With the weather heating up, it’s a sign that people across Canada can start emerging from their winter hibernation and begin engaging in some of their favourite past-times – camping, swimming, beach lounging, hiking, gardening,
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Is it Safe for My Alcoholic Husband to Detox at Home?

June 26, 2013

My 45-year-old husband drinks so much he gets the shakes when he doesn’t. He has agreed to stop but doesn’t want to go to public treatment because he says he’s afraid of other people. His
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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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Addiction & Recovery: Mental Health Issues

August 20, 2010

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses addiction and co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

Addiction & Families: Drink Again?

September 4, 2009

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses what you should be concerned about if your loved one feels they could handle drinking again after addiction treatment.

Addiction & Families: Return to Normal

August 21, 2009

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, shares ways to discuss having alcohol in your home or at family gatherings when a loved one is in recovery, without singling them out or making them feel “abnormal.”

The Many Harms Associated With Alcohol

March 21, 2009

In this article, Daniel Jordan, highlights the need for better alcohol prevention efforts that focus on accidental harm or alcohol-related violence.

5 Tips On Drug-Proofing Our Children

February 17, 2009

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Director of Family Services, Sunshine Coast Health Center  The “make sure you look both ways before you cross the street” safety talk, the “Birds and Bees” and “where do babies
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Boredom in Addiction Recovery: Three Tips to Living Creatively

August 25, 2008

In his book, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, noted psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explains “flow” and the author, Geoff Thompson, considers its implications for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

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My dad and my uncle attended the family program and both of them are very supportive. The family program was nice because it put us on an even level of knowledge so that my dad better understands addiction compared to heavy drinking.

- Nanaimo, BC

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