What Does Family Day Really Mean?

Family Day may be a leisurely day off from work and school, but it’s meant to be an opportunity for to reflect on the importance of spending quality time with our families, and feeling gratitude for the deep bonds and connections we share with one another. Our families today are rich and varied. No longer do we think of the traditional illustration of a family— a mother, father and their children. Instead, families can be led by single parents, same-sex couples, work families and friends— essentially, any community of people…

Positive Self Talk: The Key to Recovery, Sustaining Sobriety (and a Key to Wellness for All)

A healthy and encouraging support circle in recovery is important, but when it comes to sustaining sobriety and maintaining a balanced lifestyle, you are your greatest ally –  and your thoughts are more potent than you might think.  You’re probably well acquainted with your inner voice or self dialogue- those outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes downright stubborn vocals that always seem to have something to say, every second of the day.     Your inner voice is your relentless cheerleader, reassuring you on sleepless nights that you are worthy enough. Your…

How to Make Self-Care a Priority in Recovery (And Why this is Important for All)

Throughout life, many of us are taught to extend love outwards- to be kind to others, to share, to shower others with compassion, empathy and generosity. Yet, when it comes to directing all those gifts to ourselves, it often feels less natural. When you’ve spent time in a dark place, as manifested by addiction, you may have spent much of your sober time feeling guilt, shame, and perhaps self loathing. It can be challenging to replace that hatred with adoration and love. You may not feel you deserve such gifts—…

Living Well With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental illness in which individuals become unwillingly fixated on images, thoughts and urges which cause anxiety and discomfort. Among the most common disturbances OCD sufferers report are fears of coming into contact or becoming contaminated by germs, experiencing upsetting sexual thoughts and an unattainable need for perfection. Those who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder may also experience physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach problems, dizziness, feelings of detachment from the body, a racing heart and shallow breathing. These physiological symptoms are often accompanied by…

Setting the Tone For a Brighter 2017

2016 has come to an end. How are you feeling? Are you restless, anxious, or eager to start the new year? With the unusually high number of losses and tragedies this past year, it’s no wonder we feel the whole world is saying “Goodbye 2016, you won’t be missed!”. While many of us are feeling the emotions of a challenging year: anger, fear, loss and resentment— most of this is caused by what we see and hear on the news, social media and from talking to the people around us….

Managing Stress During the Holiday Season

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Nirmala Raniga of the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center has some tips and advice on how to best manage your stress over the holidays.

Please see below the interview on Global News TV.

Healing From Anxiety

For the past twenty minutes you have been sitting at your desk, a blank computer screen staring back at you. The cursor at the top of your open word document flashes rhythmically. Thump… thump… thump. You become aware of your heartbeat and notice it steadily increasing. You feel it becoming stronger and you feel it in your stomach, travelling upward into your chest. Your palms are sweating. You take your hands off your desk and try to dry them by rubbing them along the top of your thighs– a temporary relief. You begin to set them…

How to Bring the Sparkle and Joy Back Into Your Holidays

Making a list and checking it twice has a whole other meaning to some of us. Despite the awe of twinkling lights and festive music during the holidays, this time of year also comes with a lot of worries and added stressors. There are the holiday parties, decorations, gifts, food, travel, and of course— emotional and financial expenses. You may be able to relate that, this is the time of year when many of us place a great deal of importance on tradition. If you’re a grandmother, you may work…

About the Center

Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center is a private residential center specializing in treating a broad range of addictive behaviours and psychological trauma. We are nestled on a peaceful 10-acre property set on the banks of the Cheakamus River only an hour’s drive north of Vancouver, BC. What makes us unique is our holistic approach to healing that promotes balance and integration of body, mind and spirit.

Samadhi: The Eighth Limb of Yoga (In a Practical World)

Our on-going blog posts about the Eight Limbs of Yoga leads us to the final Limb, Samadhi. Samadhi is defined as a union with the Divine. This uniting can happen before or after our death. Those who meditate may speak of Samadhi, as they hope to attain this state through their meditation practice. It’s also believed that when great Sages pass away, they achieve Samadhi through their passing. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali devote a chapter to the concept of Samadhi. Patanjali addresses different types of Samadhi in The Yoga Sutras: Samadhi “with a seed”, which is…