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Addiction in Families: On Track

March 6, 2009

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses signs to look for in early addiction recovery that show whether someone is on track with their recovery or not.

Addiction in Families: Window of Opportunity

January 28, 2009

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Centre, explains how to find a window of opportunity for a teaching situation when a loved one has a slip in their recovery.

Addiction in Families: Rescuing Others

January 21, 2009

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses how to break the pattern of repeatedly rescuing others, allowing them to deal with the consequences of their own actions.

Addiction in Families: Relationship Recovery

January 14, 2009

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses how to rebuild a relationship that has suffered from both addiction and infidelity issues.

Addiction in Families: What is a Dry Drunk?

January 9, 2009

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Centre, explains the terminology “dry-drunk.”

Addiction in Families: Genetics of Addiction

January 2, 2009

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the components of addiction and whether addiction in a family automatically means your children will have an addiction also.

Addiction in Families: Bargaining with your Addiction

December 24, 2008

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Center, discusses the danger of allowing yourself to bargain with your addiction, rather than avoiding all mind-altering substances – especially in early recovery.

Families Fearing Relapse: Learning To Trust Again

December 19, 2008

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses how family members can learn to trust their loved ones again and focus on self-care rather than fears of relapse.

Addiction in Families: Healthy Emotional Detachment

November 17, 2008

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services at Sunshine Coast Health Center, explains the difference between healthy emotional detachment and pretending not to care.

Help for Families: Staying Energized and Positive

September 23, 2008

By Cathy Patterson-Sterling, MA, RCC Now that we are, officially, in fall, we say good-bye to the long, hot evenings outside by the barbecue and and say hello to the short, rainy days of fall. One of our
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Meaning and purpose go hand-in-hand right. To have meaning or purpose means I wake up every morning knowing I kiss my wife good morning and I'm a husband to her and a father to my son. I'm just trying to be as good as myself and take action in the roles that I've put myself into because I asked my wife to marry me and we had a son, my little man. I want to be the best father account for him. Waking up with meaning and purpose and knowing that those are my jobs and that those will always come first matter no what happens at work and no matter what happens with anything else, I can't lose.

- Sean

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