Loving an addict

Rob Ford and how we are enabling vs. helping him

Unfortunately, Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford has become quite the laughingstock. He’s the guy people love to shoot down at the water cooler—and anyone who watches late night TV is aware that of the...

The secret of 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...

Loving an addict, loving yourself: The importance of setting boundaries

As anyone who cares about an addict knows, these relationships can be very difficult. The basic challenge for loved ones of addicts of any kind is to continue to care without losing themselves in the...

Candace Plattor wins International Book Awards

Candace Plattor, a Vancouver-based counselor and blogger for The Vancouver Observer's Psyched blog, has been honoured with not just one, but two International Book Awards this year....

Former BC NDP leader Carole James’ private struggle with her son's drugs and alcohol addiction

I was recently interviewed on NEWS 1130 radio here in Vancouver about the very touching story that has surfaced regarding former BC NDP leader Carole James and her son’s addiction.