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Why Queer Folks Are at Higher Risk for Substance Addiction

Substance addiction treatment is a critical topic in the Queer community. For years, several studies have found that people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ+) have a significantly higher risk of substance abuse than heterosexuals. In this blog, we'll break down the factors that frequently contribute to these high-risk cases of addiction and how it highlights...

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How to Celebrate Pride Month If You’re Sober

June marks the celebration of Pride Month. It’s a fun and festive occasion for the LGBTQ+ community to honour how far they’ve come in terms of fighting for equality and celebrate #LoveIsLove. However, if you are struggling with sobriety, Pride Month can also be a cause of anxiety, frustration, and isolation because of the risk of getting compromised in the...

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Why Family Therapy Is an Important Part of Addiction Recovery

The wounds of addiction can cut deep, hurting not only the person who is struggling with the disease but their loved ones as well. It has the potential to foster an unhappy and hostile environment for everyone in the family, which can continue into and beyond recovery unless it is appropriately addressed. Here at Freedom from Addiction, we believe that...

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Mental Health Effects of Social Distancing and Isolation

COVID-19 has forced doors shut and has put billions of people worldwide in strict social isolation involuntarily. Humans are social creatures by nature, and social isolation has made the struggle to cope with such a stressful situation ten-folds more difficult. It entailed getting physically cut off from your network of family, friends, colleagues, or basically anyone who could have been...

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Things to Do at Home While Self-Isolating

The global pandemic has forced countless people around the world to stay indoors out of fear of contracting the life-threatening COVID-19. It’s normal that confinement of self-isolation might feel constricting and frustrating to some people. However, if you’re finding yourself using recreational drugs or alcohol more often than ever before, or tempted by boredom and your substance use disorder to...

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How to Talk to Your Family Member About Their Alcoholism

Talking to a family member or loved one about their alcoholism can be an intimidating thing. It can be a sensitive topic that a lot of people tread carefully around or avoid altogether. It’s understandable if you’re nervous or afraid of hurting your loved ones feelings, but it’s important to have that initial discussion about alcoholism with them as the...

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Potential Implications of COVID-19 for Individuals With Substance Use Disorders

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse issued an official press release warning against the significant implications of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on vulnerable populations, such as those diagnosed with substance use disorders. Keep reading to find out more. COVID-19, What You Need to Know Based on available research, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, originated from other...

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