Candace Plattor is an addictions counsellor in Vancouver, B.C., and is passionate about helping those in the grip of an addiction, as well as their loved ones.

She is the author of Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself and the accompanying workbook of the same name.

In this interview Candace shares:

  • How she came to be interested in the field of addictions
  • Some of the tell-tale signs therapists need to look for that may indicate addiction
  • What is considered a safe level of drug or alcohol use and what is considered a dependence
  • How to assess how serious the addiction is and what intervention is required
  • What the research says about which treatment models are the most effective in working with addictions
  • Whether a person can recover from addiction with individual therapy, or if they need a multi-modal approach
  • How enabling shows up in the therapy room
  • How to approach the issue of enabling with an individual, couple or family

Watch the video below or listen to the podcast audio above.

Resources and links mentioned in this podcast

About Candace

Candace Plattor- Addictions Counsellor, loving an Addict, Loving YourselfFor over 20 years in her private practice in Vancouver, BC, Candace Plattor,. has helped both addicted clients and their loved ones understand addictive behaviours and make healthier life choices. She also provides Clinical Supervision for therapists working with addicts and their loved ones, and writes a blog called Psyched on the Vancouver Observer website. An author and Registered Clinical Counsellor, Candace earned her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver.

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  • Vivian Baruch

    This was a great call! I’ll refer clients to your books.Thanks Candace & Clinton.

  • Jeannette Kavanagh

    Thank you Clinton for sending out the Top Ten Podcasts – I missed this first time around. What a splendid interaction. I am so impressed by Candace’s authentic voice based on her own experience of addiction and her open-hearted work with people from all different socio-economic backgrounds. It’s also the case that her type of addiction is often overlooked – she needs those meds for her back ache, headache, leg pain etc.
    What resonated most strongly with me was her compassion. Like both of you, I too support very strongly the idea that everyone has a choice. Every person who is addicted to a substance makes decisions about that substance every day – every minute of every day. And yes, we may eventually be able to say unequivocally that there are addictive personalities or that addiction is an illness but for now, I’m very happy to tell clients that the very act of seeking help means that they understand their agency in their addiction. They understand also their power. Thank you again and I’ll order the books.