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End of year office parties – impact on 2021?

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2020 checklist (stress, uncertainty, pressure, COVID -19, retrenchments, narcissism, addiction, binge drinking…..) the list goes on. Surviving 2020 didn’t seem possible without some type of crutch, right?. Whether it be a substance or a behavior, addiction/alcoholism creeps in through the cracks, unnoticed, DENIAL, JUSTIFICATION. After all 2020 provided coping mechanisms that just seemed and felt right as collectively we were “all in the same boat”. With the sale of alcohol been banned at at a stage, a sense of...

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Pain and Change

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“if the pain of staying the same is greater than the fear of change, change will occur”. Make sense? Yes, addiction is a painful process for both the addict and the ones that have to watch this unfold before their very eyes. Family members, work colleagues and friends ask “WHY! why don’t you just change you have so much going for” or “do it for your family, your kids or to save your job”. Conclusion – bargaining with addiction is merely a temporary solution with very little to no long term...

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Addiction & Recovery

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To understand “addiction” is just as important to understand the recovery process. As an Addictions Counsellor I often am met with questions as to what addiction means. What has caused addiction and will it ever just seize to exist in a person? Does a person have to remain in recovery for ever?. To establish if addiction is relevant to to a persons life, factors like “Loss of Control” (financially, relationship conflict, using despite adverse consequences, mental and physical deterioration) “Tolerance”...

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Addiction – “intervention”

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Addiction – “intervention”

Often the first step for family members to confront a loved ones addiction. As an experienced counselor and interventionist, this process can be the most emotional. Family members are struck by fear and a bundle of difficult emotions. Addiction presents the image of an addict suffering, but family members suffer too. Been a recovering addict looking back on my experience I could see how my addiction contributed to a lot of pain within my family, many tears, many arguments, a lot of lies, A LOT OF MANIPULATION. Families have front row seats to...

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