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4 Ways to Find a Sense of Belonging in Addiction Recovery

February 9, 2016

Geoff Thompson, Program Director at Sunshine Coast Health Center, recommends four ways to find a sense of belonging for those in recovery from addictions.

Addiction, Recovery, Self-Awareness, and Goals

April 7, 2014

Here’s one more program on the big research project we’ve now completed at SCHC. The research question for the study asked if meaning therapy – the therapy we do at SCHC – influenced the way
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Spring Cleaning for Your Life

April 21, 2013

Why does being organized matter? Because it can reduce the influence of stressors in your life. Stress has been around for a long time. Like a virus, it mutates and assumes a more virulent form.
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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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The Acceptance of Pain, Discomfort and Struggle

February 1, 2013

A major focus of any decent addiction treatment program should be helping clients to live in the world – to find capability, to adjust, to be flexible, to accept life on life’s terms, to feel
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Don’t Let The Festivities Get the Best of You – Part 1

November 30, 2012

With the holidays nearing, we know it only means your stress levels may be worsening. This is the start of a 4 part series on dealing with addiction and the holidays. It may be your
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Addiction & Families: Bargaining with your Addiction

August 20, 2010

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about a grieving period in early recovery and why it can be dangerous to bargain with your addiction.

Addiction & Families: Recovery Support Team

August 13, 2010

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses why it is so important to have a recovery support team in place rather than relying on just one person.

Addiction & Families: Recovery Lifestyle

August 11, 2010

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about the full scope of recovery as a “recovery lifestyle.”

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The family component fits beautifully with a holistic approach to addiction treatment and it would be incomplete without it. I found it very useful to me personally, and I know that it will help me to support Glen in his recovery in a productive way. I found the information enlightening, the skills practical, and the warm camaraderie with people who had been through the same sort of thing a great source of comfort. I find myself with a new sense of calm, and confidence in our future, that I haven’t felt in a long time. I would recommend this program to anyone with addiction in their life. In fact, Glen and I have talked about how useful it would be for most anyone, regardless of the addiction component.

- Brenda

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