This past Monday (September 9th) was International FASD Day. FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This date was chosen to help remind people of the importance of being alcohol-free during the nine months of pregnancy (09/09). FASD – What is it and how can it be prevented? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a term used to represent a wide range, or spectrum, of disorders that is caused by prenatal ex
Last week, I was in beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia, facilitating workshops on “Motivation” and “Trauma and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.” The workshops were sponsored by Community Health Associates of British Columbia. This organization does a terrific job of bringing together, and training, skilled community health and addiction workers in First Nations communities within the pro
Over the past few days, the mayor of Toronto has been receiving some unwanted attention. It’s alleged that he smoked crack cocaine with known drug dealers and criminals. Since one of my specializations is in addictions counselling, I couldn’t help but use this opportunity to do a little bit of education on the power of drugs, and in particular, of crack cocaine. Cocaine comes from the coca leaf, which has been
In the last two blog entries, I wrote about cognitive-behavioural theory and how it explains intimate partner aggression. The main tenet in these blogs was that when an individual perpetrates aggression, they usually engage in biased forms of self-talk (thoughts) that ultimately lead to violent and aggressive behaviours. In today’s blog, I will identify one of the cognitive processes that all humans (whether or not w
Before moving on, I wanted to quickly review the content from previous blogs. I’ve been discussing the different elements of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual integrative model used for understanding and treating addictions. The bio portion of the word refers to the physiological or biological factors involved in the development of an addiction. This is also known as the Disease or Medical Model. The psycho portion of
I had planned on writing about the Social Model of addictions – how our socialization and learning contributes to the development of addictions. However, just this past week our newspapers here in Canada announced that Brian Mulroney (a former Canadian Prime Minister) had developed Type-2 diabetes. In reading about this story, I immediately began to think about how the onset of Type-2 diabetes exemplifies the d
In my last blog, I touched upon the topic of addictions. My goal over the next few blog entries will be to describe some of the different theories used for understanding how addictions develop in the first place. The word that I believe best captures these multiple theories is known as the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. It represents an integrative approach to both understanding and treating addiction. In toda
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