An Alcoholic’s Gratitude

April 28, 2017 by

Mary grew up with an alcoholic father and she promised herself that she would never marry anyone who was a heavy drinker. But now after 18 years of marriage she finds that her marriage is much like that of her parents. Her husband, John, drinks almost every night and quite heavily on weekends. Many tries […]

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Posted in Addictions, Depression, Family & Parenting, Marriage & Relationships, Personal Growth, Therapy.

Marijuana: Not all good or bad

July 31, 2015 by

Those living in B.C and, in particular, Vancouver are well aware of the debate regarding the legalization of marijuana. The province recently approved the opening of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries which have very quickly grown in number to rival that of Starbucks.  The following facts are worth considering as the debate continues to simmer: Marijuana is […]

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November 28, 2014 by

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” (Reinhold Niebuhr) Many know that the Serenity Prayer is recited at the end of each meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Few realize that one need not be an alcoholic to gain […]

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A Better Drug Treatment Focus

May 8, 2014 by

The answer might lie in a unique program being offered to addicts in far off Italy. San Patrignano, a United Nations accredited non-governmental therapeutic community, was established in 1979 by Vincenzo Muccioli in Rimini, Italy and is committed to the education and rehabilitation of young marginalized persons with drug addictions and related problems. The community […]

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My Job Is Killing Me

July 8, 2013 by

So day after day, client after client, I get to sit down beside them while we deal with whatever troublesome issues are presented. When I get home I often sit at my computer answering emails or I sit relaxing on the couch either reading or watching TV. I may go for a short walk. All […]

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Everything I Know About Parenting I Learned in Doggie Obedience School

August 25, 2008 by

Many doggie owners attend obedience school in the hope that they can learn how to convert their unruly, undisciplined, and, generally, uncooperative puppy into a happy, loving, well-behaved member of the household. In other words “obedient”. Kids and puppies have a lot in common. Neither instantly obey our every command, they seem to leave a […]

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Posted in Family & Parenting.