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How Drug Use & Opiate Addiction Changes Relationships

If you know someone with an addiction, you know the effect drugs can have on them. Addiction has the potential to impact all aspects of someone’s life - their happiness, career and most importantly, their relationships. As is the case with most substance abuse, opiate addiction takes control of the user and their priorities shift causing their relationships to suffer....

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Celebrating Your Sobriety Birthday

The road to sobriety is not an easy one. It’s full of ups and downs, challenges you never thought you’d overcome, and plenty of new experiences. Everyone has gone through their own struggles while healing and each hurdle you overcome is a milestone representing personal growth. These moments should be celebrated, including your sobriety birthday. People around the world celebrate...

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OHIP and Addiction Recovery: What You Need to Know About Insurance

There are many ways to get access to effective alcoholism and drug abuse recovery programs. One of them includes applying to an OHIP-covered addiction treatment centre. In this article, we discuss everything you need to know about finding a reputable addiction treatment centre in Toronto and surrounding cities in Ontario where you can use your OHIP health card. What Is...

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The Rehab Waitlist Length Is Too Long: What Now?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 31 million people around the world have drug use addiction. In Canada, it is estimated that one in five people aged 15 and older will experience a substance use disorder in their lifetime. Looking at these figures, we can’t ignore the exceedingly alarming prevalence of addiction and its devastating effects in our...

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Private Addiction Treatment Centres vs. Government Funded: Which is Better?

As mounting research continues to shed light on the complexity of substance use disorders, society has outgrown the notion that it’s a mere habit one needs to walk away from with sheer willpower. Instead, there is now a growing awareness that addiction is a chronic brain disease that’s plaguing millions of people worldwide. Now, more than ever, the critical importance...

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How Poor Public Funding Affects Substance Abuse Treatment Centres

Many countries around the globe are dealing with addiction at colossal levels - around 11.8 million people die from substance use every year. In the United States, nearly 21 million Americans struggle with at least one addiction and require access to substance abuse treatment centres, but only 10% receive proper treatment. The same is true for Canada; studies suggest at...

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How Canada’s Government Rehab Centres are Failing Addicts

Early intervention and access to addiction treatment services can literally mean life and death for many people struggling with substance abuse. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for countless Canadians who cannot afford private addiction centres and whose lives are hanging by a thread given the long waiting list in government rehab centres. The Biggest Issue with Government Rehab...

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The Importance of Emotional Recovery When Overcoming Addiction

Emotional recovery plays a pivotal part in the complete healing process from addiction. It helps unpack painful emotional trauma that may have led to substance abuse and provides continuous support to make sure it doesn't hold any power over them anymore as they transition into a new life of sobriety. Without it, relapse will always be a possibility. The emotional...

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Is Addiction a Mental Illness?

Addiction and mental illness share many intersecting aspects that almost blur the lines between the two conditions. For many struggling to overcome their addiction, they see substance use disorder as a mental illness that needs to be treated. Is this line of thinking correct? Continue reading to find out. Addiction by Definition The definition of addiction is “the fact or...

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The Difference Between Dual Diagnosis & Co-occurring Disorders

Mental health and addiction are closely linked with overlapping contributing factors. Studies suggest that people with mental illness are twice as likely to have a substance use disorder than the general population.  In this article, we’ll talk about dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders, which are terms commonly used to describe these conditions and their role in a person’s addiction recovery....

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