Addiction: Finding the cause is finding the answer

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Addiction comes in many forms: drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling—anything can be a vice to someone who is hurting. This week is National Addiction Awareness Week in Canada, and it’s time to change the narrative surrounding addiction. Instead of discussing how to … Read the rest

CWAR Chat: When we replace one addiction with another

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In case you missed it, yesterday we hosted an amazing discussion and Twitter chat, where Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury joined people across the globe in a conversation about replacing one addiction with another.

If you happened to miss out this time, here’s … Read the rest

What is PTSD and how does it affect us?

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June is ‘PTSD Awareness Month’, and in order to raise awareness about PTSD and allow people to heal from it, we need to understand what it is. PTSD is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that occurs following the experience (through first-hand … Read the rest

How to use ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’ as a professional tool

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Since the release of ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’, we’ve been blessed to receive many testimonials from mental health professionals, social workers, teachers and many others, who have found a way to incorporate the book into their work. In addition to … Read the rest

The Impact of Abuse on a Child’s Brain

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This coming Saturday, is World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, a global awareness initiative to bring attention to child abuse and how to prevent it.

Child abuse is sadly still a very prevalent problem, and the effects … Read the rest

Why shame has no place in healing

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Shame and guilt are painful feelings that surround the minds of many people who have experienced trauma, and it can have a seemingly tight grip on our lives and our healing.

But shame and guilt are profoundly different, and understanding … Read the rest

Defining Alcoholism: Quantity vs. Intention

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Many people would probably consider themselves social drinkers, no harm nor foul in enjoying drinks with friends. But would you be able to identify the switch from social drinking to problem drinking? Confusion starts to set in for people in … Read the rest

Using CWAR as a professional resource and tool

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Since the release of ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’ in 2014, we’ve been blessed to receive many testimonials from mental health professionals, social workers, teachers and many others, who have found a way to incorporate the book into their work. … Read the rest

At the Root of Addiction is Trauma

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Addiction comes in many forms: drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling—anything can be a vice to someone who is hurting. This week is National Addiction Awareness Week in Canada, so let’s have a conversation about the real epidemic at the core … Read the rest