The Step Three Spiritual Principles

Congratulations on being on Step Three! This is a wonderful step that marks the end of thinking and the beginning of serious action. Many say that this step is where they truly found peace and freedom from the obsession of addiction, as they turned the key of willingness in the lock of self-will. That is…

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Perspective: Moving Out of the Fog

Since the brain injury, I can only think about one thing at a time. I have to take things slower, step by step. Before my injury, everything was fast…Now if I have to do something I need to plan it out and take it one step at a time. If I look at the whole picture at once, it’s too much to digest. Everything is one step at a time.

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Finding Your Calling

Most of us see ourselves as little people on a big planet — separate individuals competing with other individuals to get our needs met. There is a pie out there, and we need to get a bigger or better slice of it. Compete, acquire, protect — this is how many people see their work lives. But I find that the secret of career success is to shift our perception. Instead of seeing ourselves as limited creatures in need of a better situation, we can see ourselves as inspired, gifted beings empowered to improve every situation we find ourselves in.

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Ask a Family Therapist: If our family is not enabling, what are we doing?

Ask a Family Therapist with Sunil Boodhai, MSW (RSW), BEd., manager of Renascent’s Family Care Programs, therapist and counsellor. Q: I’ve been reading your column and I like many of the things you have been saying. However, I feel like your responses are a bit simplistic. It’s easy to talk about enabling as a major issue…

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10 Ways to Help & Support Employees with Addiction or Substance Abuse Problems

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As an employer or human resources professional, you may be looking for ways to help and support employees with addiction or substance abuse problems. If this is you, read this piece to provide the drug and addiction help and support for employees… You know what it’s like to have conflicting interests. There’s your business, which…

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Perspective: To Raise Our Children, We Must First Raise Ourselves

Father and daughter

I was at a crossroads. Faced with two bewildered little children and a failing business, I toyed with swapping my two nightly beers for a six-pack to knock the edge off the day. I couldn’t do it. I knew if I repeated the alcoholism modeled by my father, my children would end up as scarred as I had been. I needed help.

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Really Good Reasons You Need to be Involved in Your Family Member’s Addiction Treatment

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Spouses often complain that they have lost themselves in the process of their significant other’s addiction. They find that they have become people that they not only never intended to be, but that they do not like. In family treatment, you get to find yourself again. You will come to know and accept that your loved one’s addiction is not your fault and that you cannot make them relapse.

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre Tips: Restoring Sanity in 12-Step Programs from the Insanity of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Many of us coming into recovery through a drug and alcohol treatment centre can relate to the bouts of ‘insanity’ we experienced while drinking and drugging, the lengths we went to obtain more of our drug of choice, the crazy things we barely remember doing. A more painful type of insanity stems from some the…

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