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From the outside it looked like I was on top of the world: big cities, great jobs, and good friends – I was living life in the fast lane. In reality, I was living a double life and the glamour quickly wore off.
Lifting the lid on what’s possible
If you think you have a problem, you probably do. That feeling, deep down in your body that something's not right is in fact your barometer of truth.
Alcohol awareness month: facts & stats to know
Alcohol is of the most widely used mind-altering substances in the world. And it's also one of the most misused. (Article by Rose Lockinger)
People know when alcohol or drugs are standing in the way of their potential
“If you think you have a problem, you probably do,” says Michael Walsh, addictions and substance use specialist and recovery coach.
Psychotherapist Mike Pond releases “Wasted” documentary
In Wasted, Mike and Maureen’s attitudes and assumptions about addiction are tested in real time as the couple search for a treatment that will work.
The real definition of relapse and why it matters
Most people will use substances again after treatment and many within a few months. Does this mean treatment "didn't work" and all hope is lost?
Recovery coaching provides hope after addiction
“I was just so tired of it all,” says Sarah (not her real name), a 40-year-old entrepreneur from Vancouver, B.C. Today, Sarah is approaching six months sober.
Trust is earned, not bestowed
Yesterday a client told me that he asked his parents if he could stay with them temporarily. They said no.
Celebrating 20 years: what’s next for SMART Recovery®?
As a Recovery Coach I meet my clients where they're at. I am also mindful that each client is different and will require different tools and support.
8 warning signs that you may be heading toward a relapse
Most people who struggle with substance use will have one or more relapses during their ongoing attempts to recover. Here are 8 signs to watch for.
Attending a business conference after you’ve stopped drinking
A short post about how I helped a client strategize to avoid slipping back into old drinking behaviours during a work conference.
Evidence suggests people can recover from addiction without formal treatment
There are multiple approaches to recovery. Each person requires a plan tailored to their beliefs and lifestyle.