Fentanyl – What We Can Do About It

Yesterday someone I know asked me why I wasn’t writing anything on my blog about fentanyl—which has become such a horrific problem lately. Although I had thought a few times about perhaps addressing it, I would stop myself with this thought:

“What could I say that hasn’t already been covered in the news? What could I possibly add that would be of any value?”

I’m glad my friend challenged me about this, because today I see that I’ve made a mistake by thinking that way. So I’m writing about it now—but from a different perspective than other media stories I’ve heard.

There really isn’t much for me to add in terms of the factual information being imparted to us whenever we catch the news on TV or the radio. I’m aware that using this drug in even tiny doses is potentially deadly—it seems that all it really takes to kill someone is 2 grams of it, apparently equivalent to 2 grains of salt. Not being a scientist or medical person, all I can do is take what I’m being told as truth. But even if some of the information is inaccurate or downright wrong, this fact remains—people are dying because of fentanyl, and we need to do whatever we possibly can to stop it. [Read more…]

I’ve Been Chosen as a “Best Blogger”!

I’ve always been amazed at the ebbs and flows of life. When I was going to 12-Step programs many years ago, one of my favourite sayings there was, “This too shall pass.” As time went on, I began to trust that if something I didn’t like was happening in my life, it would eventually shift and change—hopefully into something better, if I was willing to do the inner work to make that happen.

Of course, this was also true of the things that were happening that I did like—so I had to become willing to let go of those when they ran their course, even when I didn’t want to. Learning to develop that kind of trust and surrender to the rhythm of life has often proven quite beneficial for me, often in ways I could never predict.

For those of you who follow my Facebook page, Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself, you know that the past little while has been quite difficult for me health-wise, as I dealt with a very severe reaction to an otherwise routine pneumonia vaccination I received. As you’ve read, even though there was pain and high fever, the worst part for me was that I hadn’t been warned by my doctor that this could happen, even though there is quite a bit of information about the potential side effects on the internet, as I later discovered. But this too has passed, and I’m feeling a lot better two weeks later. I found myself holding on to that unseen “light at the end of the tunnel” many times during this latest ordeal, trusting the discomfort would indeed pass. [Read more…]

Addiction and Recovery: What Do Addicts REALLY Need?

Whenever I hear clients repeating themselves in our therapy sessions, I take notice.

Their repetition alerts me that something is really important to them. Sometimes they’ll tell me the same story more than once, other times they will ask the same questions a few times. In other cases, they will repeat words—especially when they are striving to let me know how they feel.

So when I began receiving emails this past week from both colleagues and clients containing the same link to the same TED talk about addiction, my curiosity was piqued. [Read more…]

Marijuana IS Addictive

June 18, 2015

Dear Minister of Education: Province of British Columbia Hon. Peter Fassbender: 

Hello, my name is Candace Plattor, and I am an Addictions Therapist in private practice in Vancouver. I have worked in this field for over 25 years, 16 of which were in the Downtown Eastside, helping the addicts and alcoholics there. I now work primarily with the loved ones of addicts, because there is so little help for them out there. I have written two award-winning books on this subject, which you can read more about here: www.candaceplattor.com/books.

I am also the loved one of addicts, and I now have 28 years of sobriety from drugs and alcohol myself. As you can see, I know addiction from many different personal and professional angles – and I ask that you take this letter seriously. I know what I’m talking about. [Read more…]

Is It a Reason or an Excuse? Maintaining Your Self-Respect in the Face Of Life’s Challenges

Have you ever used a reason as an excuse for not doing something? If so, you’re definitely not alone!

It’s often very easy to confuse reasons and excuses. Lately I’ve discovered that I sometimes try to explain my excuses away as reasons—particularly when it’s about something I either don’t want to do or am fearful of following through on.

As usual, the more I notice this tendency in myself, the more I see that pretty much all of us do this on a fairly frequent basis—whether we realize it or not. Sometimes there are genuine reasons for why we can’t or shouldn’t do certain things. When that’s the case, we need to honour that in ourselves—but does that mean we can’t challenge ourselves to do more, to try something new, or to hold ourselves to a higher standard? [Read more…]