Cindy Van Arnam

Owner/Operator, Focus On Great
Vernon, Canada

About Cindy

Bio

At FocusOnGreat, we believe that the youth of today are our future, and we are dedicated to helping you, the parent, raise them to the best of your abilities. We are well aware of obstacles that are out there for youth today and have experience in dealing with many of these obstacles on a personal basis. From bullying to low self-esteem, to substance abuse and addiction; we can help you and your loved one navigate troubled waters.

We are not simply a counselor on the net. We offer much more, and don’t spend time allowing those we work with to wallow in misery and self pity. We give you and your loved ones tools and techniques that can be used today; right now, to help both of you move forward and live happy, prosperous and fulfilled lives.

The youth of today are our future politicians, teachers and leaders. We owe it to them to give them the tools they need to succeed. If your teen is struggling, or even if they’re just looking for a little extra help to get ahead in this world, FocusOnGreat can help.

Areas of Expertise

Addiction Recovery, Relapse Prevention

I'm passionate about

Helping families recovery from addiction and prevent relapse.

Talk to me about

Addiction recovery and relapse prevention.

Comments & conversations

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Cindy Van Arnam
Posted almost 4 years ago
How do you prevent your teenager from being corrupted by substance abuse and addiction?
I too do not have children... but I was one of those children who rebelled... I've seen what my Mom has gone through, and after being clean for 8 years - and the discussions that we've had... I feel that I understand more than anything; both the addicts point of view and the person in the background that cares' point of view. I learned the hard way - and I try to teach others that it doesn't have to be that hard (because it doesn't have to be); and I totally think it has everything to do with mindset. I can't help someone who doesn't want to quit drugs - but as soon as someone says 'I want to quit' or 'I want to make my life better' - that's where I step in and am capable of showing people how to move forward. Teenagers are the last ones to step forward - I know, I was there... But when they do - things change forever...
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Cindy Van Arnam
Posted almost 4 years ago
How do you prevent your teenager from being corrupted by substance abuse and addiction?
I completely agree with your concept that communication is most important... I think that sheltering only hurts teenagers and when they get dumped into reality they don't know what to do. Open communication and honesty up front makes all the different in the world. I know that if I had personally seen what hard drugs could do to a person I would have lived a different life.. I've lived the life I have for a reason - hopefully to teach others not to make the mistakes that I've made
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Cindy Van Arnam
Posted almost 4 years ago
How Do We Teach Children Compassion and Empathy?
I believe we must live by example more than anything. If we don't live compassionately, how will our children ever learn it from us? We tend to get so self-involved in our lives that we forget we are the first teachers to our children. Live in compassion and they will automatically learn it from us.