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Local women attended the “Quit an addictive behaviour” seminar at the Golden Women’s Centre on January 27th.

Local women attended the “Quit an addictive behaviour” seminar at the Golden Women’s Centre on January 27th.

Sticking to your resolutions in the New Year is often a difficult task to overcome; temptations revolve around us every day of our lives. More often than not, resolutions consist of quitting something, or changing your lifestyle one way or another. The only problem with resolutions of this nature is that people often cannot tackle their problems without a little guidance, a helping hand. This is where the Golden Women’s Resource Centre steps in.

On January 27th, the Women’s Centre presented “Quit an addictive behavior” as part of their Brown Bag Lunch Series, which is back in action in 2011. The seminar was led by Vicki Kennedy, the Recovery Co-ordinator for the S.M.A.R.T. program and also the Community Psychiatric Nurse. The program is designed to assist people with quitting techniques and to provide tips to people who are trying to kick a habit.

“Yvonne Solrio, from the Golden Family Centre, and myself started the S.M.A.R.T. program in Golden in September of 2009 on a volunteer basis. The program has been quite popular as we usually get quite a few people out to our group sessions. Our mantra is relatively basic; changing problem behaviour and making positive changes to our lives,” Vicki Kennedy of the S.M.A.R.T. program said.

It is the Women’s Centre’s goal to promote healthy life decisions for the women in the community, hence asking Vicki to host the seminar.

“The Golden Women’s Resource Centre wants to promote healthy decision making to women within our community and support them in making these decisions. The New Year is an excellent time to do this because people are already thinking about New Year resolutions. We decided to choose four topics that people might want to change in their lives this year. Changes like quitting a habit, becoming more creative, eating healthier, and better management of their money. All of these are meant to be fun, healthy and practical workshops,” Director & Outreach Co-ordinator for the Golden Women’s Resource Centre, Linley McLean explained.

Much like any community in Canada, the issue of addiction is one that exists even if such issues are not always airing out in the open.

“Within every community there are issues of addiction. The great thing about this topic is that the tips reach out to so many different things whether it’s quitting smoking, drinking, drugs, unhealthy eating, unhealthy relationships, etc. In the end it’s about making a healthy decision, which isn’t always easy, so it’s good to be equipped with useful tools and tips that can help make change easier. This is the reason we asked Vicki to come and facilitate the workshop,” McLean added.

The women who did attend the seminar left feeling enlightened and well-informed and hopefully on their way to a better, more positive life.

“It was an informal setting and everyone who was there had a chance to contribute with their own success stories and to share what had worked for them in the past. It was also an intimate setting where women felt comfortable sharing and asking questions. I think that ultimately, everyone walked away with practical tools to use when trying to quit bad habits or develop good habits and hopefully feeling motivated and supported,” McLean concluded.

For more information on the S.M.A.R.T. program, visit: www.smartrecovery.org or stop by the Golden Women’s Resource Centre.

As part of their Brown Bag Lunch Series, the Women’s Centre will also be hosting two other workshops throughout February. “Eat healthy and not go broke doing it” will be held on February 3rd from Noon-1pm. “Stick to your financial New Year’s resolution” is being held on February 8th also from Noon-1pm. Both events will take place at the Women’s Centre.

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