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Nature vs. Nurture: What Is the True Cause of Addiction?

Is addiction a case of nature vs. nurture? The ongoing debate as to whether substance abuse disorders are caused by genetics or influenced by environmental factors that a person encounters in their lifetime is discussed at length in this blog. It’s a critical question that can pave the way for better understanding of the possible triggers of addiction in order...

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Strategies for Coping with Depression While Sober

Sobriety does not magically happen after completing alcohol rehab or drug addiction treatment. It takes a lot of hard work, and sometimes it becomes even more challenging for a person fresh out of rehab when they’re most vulnerable. They are once again exposed to the same emotional triggers that may have led them to their addiction in the first place....

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Spotting Signs of Addiction in the Workplace

Addiction in the workplace is an issue that has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. In Canada, approximately 21% of the population (around 6 million people) will suffer from some form of substance abuse in their lifetime. Unfortunately, not everyone will receive appropriate treatment for their alcoholism or drug dependency due to stigma or the waitlist length for public rehab...

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How to Accommodate for Addiction in the Workplace

In Canada, substance abuse disorder or addiction is classified as a disability or a condition that can render an individual incapable of completing full time or any amount of work for a given period of time. The terms substance abuse, substance dependence, and addiction are often used loosely and interchangeably to refer to anyone with a history of or an...

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5 Things to Know as the Boss of an Addict

Addiction affects anyone, no matter their age, gender, education, or occupation. The workplace is not an exception. An unhealthy relationship with drugs and alcohol can negatively impact an employee’s level of concentration, productivity, and performance at work, leading to devastating consequences, such as personal injury, property damage, or putting other teammates’ safety in danger. According to the Canadian Institute for...

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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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