Candace Plattor Feed http://www.vancouverobserver.com/contributor_content/4735 en AA Agnostica: alternative steps for recovery from addiction http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/aa-agnostica-alternative-steps-recovery-addiction Is it possible to have an effective addiction recovery plan that isn't faith-based?<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/aa-agnostica-alternative-steps-recovery-addiction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Advice Health 12 step programs alternative 12 steps recovery from addicition spirituality Fri, 16 May 2014 03:59:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 18808 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Rob Ford and Jimmy Kimmel: Appalling and odd http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/rob-ford-and-jimmy-kimmel-appallingly-odd-couple Oh no, not again—Rob Ford continues to crave ever more publicity, and this time it was on Jimmy Kimmel Live. And last night Ford shared this less-than-prestigious distinction with none other than...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/rob-ford-and-jimmy-kimmel-appallingly-odd-couple" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Advice Health Canada Jimmy kimmel Jimmy Kimmel Live Rob Ford Toronto Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:15:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 18095 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com The sad story of Alex Radita http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/sad-story-alex-radita Sometimes I really don’t understand this crazy world we live in—or the rules we implement that make it even crazier. I am simply appalled that a 15-year-old boy who was starved, abused, and deprived...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/sad-story-alex-radita" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Advice Health Alex Radita Ministry of Children and Family Development mistakes of judicial system needless death of children Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:31:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 18030 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Crack pipe vending machines in Vancouver http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/crack-pipe-vending-machines-vancouver Really?<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/crack-pipe-vending-machines-vancouver" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Advice Health addiction Addiction recovery Crack pipe vending machines in Vancouver Harm reduction helping vs. enabling Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:34:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 17980 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Philip Seymour Hoffman: How many more do we have to lose? http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/philip-seymour-hoffman-how-many-more-do-we-have-lose Why was Philip Seymour Hoffman not able to break his habit?<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/philip-seymour-hoffman-how-many-more-do-we-have-lose" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Advice Health choice point for stopping addiction Philip Seymour Hoffman staying clean and sober takes work Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:21:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 17824 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Justin Bieber's sad enablers http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/justin-biebers-sad-enablers Most of us knew it was only a matter of time. Not only were we hearing story after story about Justin’s “antics”—a media description that only served to minimize the severity of his actions—but those...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/justin-biebers-sad-enablers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Life Sat, 25 Jan 2014 01:16:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 17684 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com The secret of self-respect http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/secret-self-respect Well-known TV icon Dr. Phil is revered by many, and repelled by others. Personally, I find that his down-home country “charm” is often marred by a disturbing arrogance that he, at times, spews onto...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/secret-self-respect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Advice Health Loving an addict loving yourself Self-respect vs. self-esteem setting and maintaining healthy boundaries Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:09:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 17025 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Sometimes love looks like "No": When to set and maintain healthy boundaries http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/sometimes-love-looks-no-when-set-and-maintain-healthy-boundaries Is it possible to have a healthy relationship with someone who is in active addiction? What needs to happen for that to occur? If you are in that situation, you have probably wondered about this many...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/sometimes-love-looks-no-when-set-and-maintain-healthy-boundaries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Advice Health addiction in the family asking for help when a loved one is addicted helping vs. enabling setting and maintaining healthy boundaries Thu, 03 Oct 2013 02:31:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 16600 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Clean and sober in Vancouver: 2nd annual Recovery Day coming soon http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/clean-and-sober-vancouver-2nd-annual-recovery-day-coming-soon Sobriety is something to celebrate...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/psyched/clean-and-sober-vancouver-2nd-annual-recovery-day-coming-soon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Psyched Advice Health celebrating being clean & sober Recovery Day Recovery Day celebration recovery from addiction Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:33:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 16211 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com Cory Monteith's Death: What Was He Thinking? http://www.vancouverobserver.com/life/advice/cory-monteiths-death-what-was-he-thinking Cory Monteith is dead, and what I hate even worse is that he died, apparently accidentally, from a lethal combination of alcohol and heroin.&nbsp; As the TV commercials say—preventable. For me, his...<p><a href="http://www.vancouverobserver.com/life/advice/cory-monteiths-death-what-was-he-thinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Advice Health Cory Monteith how relapse can happen if a loved one is struggling with addiction staying clean and sober takes work Thu, 18 Jul 2013 04:25:00 +0000 Candace Plattor 15891 at http://www.vancouverobserver.com