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Candace Plattor

Candace Plattor graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology with a Masters degree (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology, in 2001. For over 20 years in her private practice, she’s been helping clients and their loved ones understand their addictive behaviors and make healthier life choices.

Ms. Plattor’s award winning book Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction is available through her website.

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone: recovery from addictive behaviours

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone—so true. I love this saying, and wish I could take credit for thinking it up. In my humble opinion, whoever came up with it is a genius—and when I saw it...

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...

Newtown, Connecticut: let's stop the insanity

I am outraged. We elect our political officials to work for us, don’t we? And yet we basically let them do whatever they want, in so many ways. Why does this madness continue? I want to talk today...

Addiction and Christmas chaos: taming the madness this holiday season

Has anyone else noticed how early the Christmas chaos began this year? Here in Vancouver, a number of people became so disgruntled by the early onset of Christmas music in some of the stores—in the...

Dealing with an addicted loved one during the holidays

In truth, the Christmas season is the most difficult time of the year for people who love someone struggling with addiction.

Rape is rape

Public stoning of rape victims next policy Republicans have up sleeves?

Prescription drug addiction: what you need to know

I became addicted to drugs in 1973, when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. When I first consulted doctors with my symptoms, they didn’t know what to do with me. My disease was in its early stages...

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.

Prescription Addiction – in BABIES??

Lately, we have been seeing articles and videos in the news about the astounding increase of babies who are born addicted to prescription drugs. In each of them, there seems to be this underlying...