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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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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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Don’t Let The Festivities Get the Best of You – Part 4

December 12, 2012

Mishandling Addiction If handled incorrectly, addressing someone’s addiction issues can lead to further estrangement. Remember: addiction doesn’t need to be a secret.  Take a minute to explore your expectations of the holiday season. People’s expectations
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Flying High: An Analysis of the Film “Flight” – Part 2

November 23, 2012

The second theme noticed in Flight is “continuous lying about one’s addiction”, one that is tightly intertwined with our first theme. Whip spends a lot of time tracking down crew members involved in the crash
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Addiction & Families: Recovery Mistakes

August 20, 2010

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, shares what she has found to be the most common mistakes people make in early addiction recovery.

Addiction & Families: High Risk

August 11, 2010

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses why an understanding of managing high risk situations is important in recovery.

Addiction & Families: Recovery Lifestyle

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

Addiction & Families: Stinking Thinking

August 10, 2010

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the phrase “stinking-thinking” as it relates to the addiction and relapse cycle.

Addiction & Families: Self Pity & Relapse

Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Director of Family Services for the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the role of self-pity as it relates to addiction and relapse.

Addiction & Recovery: Connectivity

July 31, 2010

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses the fundamental importance of being and feeling connected as opposed to isolated especially in addiction recovery.

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I am now much more optimistic about my loved one’s recovery. I found the Family Program facilitator to be so honest and open. There wasn’t any arrogance in his approach and he really wasn’t judgmental. That is so important when dealing with people with addictions who already feel bad about themselves and think everyone is judging them.

- Libby

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