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Addiction & Recovery: Connecting with the Universe

August 18, 2010

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the need for some people to feel connected to something larger and the theory that this can lead some people to drug use.

Addiction & Recovery: Alcoholics Anonymous & Disease

August 10, 2010

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the disease model and the controversial theory of addiction as a disease with a biological basis.

Addiction & Recovery: Relatedness

May 28, 2010

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about the human need to feel comfortable in your surroundngs, feeling a sense of belonging.

Relationships and Addiction

May 4, 2010

By Geoff Thompson – MA, CCC Program Director Recovery demands three connections: with yourself (self-awareness), with others, and with something that makes you feel alive and energized and vital (e.g. volunteering). We’ve talked about these
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The Importance of Relationships for People in Recovery

March 19, 2010

We are relational beings, which means that we were born to live with others. The evidence for this seems overwhelming. Some psychologists believe that we are ‘hardwired’ for relationships. Our brains are designed to be
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Addiction & Recovery: Connect with Others

September 11, 2009

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about the importance of connecting with others on a deep human level rather than just on a superficial level.

Addiction & Recovery: Grace Under Pressure

September 4, 2009

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about Ernest Hemingway’s catch phrase, “… grace under pressure” and facing struggles in life heroically rather than as a victim.

An Insider’s Look at Addiction

October 30, 2008

Geoff Thompson, Program Director at Sunshine Coast Health Center, talks about Meaning Centered Therapy (MCT) and its application to addiction treatment.

Why Do People from Good Families Struggle with Addiction?

September 29, 2008

Geoff Thompson, Program Director at Sunshine Coast Health Center, explains how addiction can affect individuals from all walks of life. Geoff discusses a feeling of “not fitting in, of being different” that many individuals with
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The Importance of Support Groups in Treatment and in Recovery

September 27, 2008

Geoff Thompson, Program Director at Sunshine Coast Health Center, explains the importance of support groups for individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

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I can’t say enough good things about not just the counsellors, but the staff too. Everyone here is so willing to help and go that extra mile. Even though there may be 20 or 30 people here at a time, it feels it’s just you sometimes. I can really appreciate that, because I need it right now. I’m broken and I don’t need to be fixed, but I need to know how to have the tools to fix myself and that’s the biggest thing that they did here and I really appreciated that.

- Dylan

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