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Webinar: Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Crisis Survival Skills

Today we are here to talk about facing the challenges that come with managing a pandemic. We are in a situation right now that probably none of us have prepared for and it’s very overwhelming, a lot of these challenges that we’re facing. I’m here to help you understand some tools that we can use to help manage the stress associated with these challenges we are facing today. As I said in the introduction, mindfulness can be an amazing strategy to help us in understanding and managing the stress that we’re facing. 

5 Reasons Group Therapy Is so Powerful

Group therapy has been shown countless times in movies and in television, particularly support or addiction related groups. Most recently, 2020 Academy Award winner, Rocketman, incorporated Elton John’s experience in group therapy during his stay at a residential addiction treatment facility as a significant aspect of the film’s narrative structure. Many people have a rough idea what group therapy is: the chairs are formed into the shape of a circle, the group is usually led by a therapist asking questions or inserting comments, and people share details about themselves to other members. Yes, the practice of group therapy is widely known, but why is it important? Why is group therapy such an important aspect of addiction treatment structure?

Keep Working It Because It Works: Sara’s Story

Sara M received her angel wings on January 8th, 2020, just a few months short of her 25th sobriety birthday. Before Sara left, she touched the hearts of many and lived her best life in the process. In this time of sadness, we find comfort, remembering Sara and her incredible journey of courage, tenacity, resilience, and hope. 

Bright Lights During Dark Times: Clifford’s Spotlight

When speaking to Clifford, it becomes apparent very quickly that he has a big heart and an even bigger sense of duty. Clifford is the night shift nursing team lead who had to step up in a big way when Grace, Bellwood’s head of nursing, was nearly locked out of the country after visiting her family on vacation. When Grace was overseas, coronavirus was just background noise. Numbers were beginning to grow in other areas of the world, but in Canada, most of us were blissfully unaware of the impending lockdown.

Help Family Members With Addiction: 5 Stages of Change

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So, you have a family member with an addiction problem, but you don’t know how to help them? Especially now, self-isolation and physical distancing is causing tensions to run high among family members who live together. This makes it even more difficult than usual to start a constructive conversation about a family member’s addiction. 

This article will teach you effective ways of communicating constructively to help your loved one make progress towards recovery. The Five Stages of Change is a useful psychological model which describes the stages that people go through from unacknowledged addiction to stable recovery. Understanding the Five Stages of Change will help you recognize the current stage in which your loved one is, allowing you to help them in the ways that are most effective for that particular stage.