• Choose To Live and Prevent Self Harm

    Many have developed the habit of desiring drugs for a high risking harm to themselves.  In British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario synthetic Opioids like Fentanyl and W – 18 are making the news about how many they are killing. There have been 54 deaths in BC due to Fentanyl this year. Fentanyl is 100 times

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  • Treatment for Dual Diagnosis in the Community

    To have a Dual Diagnosis means having a mental health condition and an addiction.  As I prepare for my “Mental Health Comes First” presentation at the International Dual Diagnosis convention next month in Chicago, I am pleased to learn that the treatment of choice is cognitive behavioural therapy for healing mental illness. At Choose A

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  • Relationships and Alcohol

    Are you and your partner fighting to the point that your love is wearing thin and leading towards a breaking-up?  Seeing a therapist is the best choice to give a new perspective for understanding this self defeating behaviour. Each person is complex and possesses years of habits, ways of thinking and coping. There comes a

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  • Calm Your Nerves

    Families today are under pressure to keep their relationships relevant and their love growing.  For many when work and family responsibilities become too much they reach for a stimulant to keep them going such as coffee, tea, beer, alcoholic beverages, marijuana and other drugs.  Unfortunately, the stimulants let you down after they picked you up

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  • Alcohol Verses Psychotherapy

    In the anger management classes I teach I have attendees complete the form about the Cost of Anger in its various forms. It is always interesting to see how much money was spent due to alcohol being part of a situation. The comparison showed that very little was spent on alcohol in comparison to the

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  • Recovering from Spiritual Illness

    Many struggle with the meaning of spirituality and religiosity.  Many want to be spiritual but not connected with a religion or church.  Some past experience with people within a religion or church may cause you to painted all churches with the same brush and rejected them.  Coming to grips with emotional trauma by reasoning from

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  • Largest Substance Abused Worldwide

    Sleep is to refresh and energize a person to meet the day’s activities.  When a good night’s sleep is not experienced then what do people do to perk themselves up?  Yes, a substance called coffee!! According to Grossman, M. I. in his article, Physiologic Approach to Medical Management of Duodenal Ulcer, 10.5 ounces of coffee

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  • Conquer Liquor Before It Conquers You

    Welcome to a new year of fresh starts. Let’s determine to live better and be healthier. Think about having a Psychotherapist help you with your emotional renovations in 2017. While living in Chatham, Ontario I met a lady who had a bad experience with alcohol and men.  She wrote this poem which I will share

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  • No Desire for Poison

    Wow it is end of January already!  What about the new year’s resolutions?  Did you make any or have they already been accomplished?   Last year research reported that alcohol causes cancer, did you hear that?  It seems to me that eliminating alcohol from our lifestyle would be the immediate response. If research has found the

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  • Marijuana: Shove it up your Ass

    Yesterday the Globe and Mail published an article on medical Marijuana that is being smoked and how it is a health hazard to individuals and our environment. It was recommended that marijuana would be more effective if inserted into the anus as opposed to being smoked. Marijuana is a risk to society; read the statistics

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