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How Canada’s Government Rehab Centres are Failing Addicts

Early intervention and prompt access to addiction treatment services can mean life and death for 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 a government-funded rehab centre in Ontario and beyond. The Biggest...

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The Dangers of Detoxing at Home

You might be wondering how to detox drugs at home. Well, the answer is that you shouldn’t—drug detoxing should always be done under the supervision of trained medical professionals. While the idea of detoxing at home might seem like a convenient and discreet option, it is a perilous decision that can have dire consequences for those seeking to break free...

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What To Do After Relapse: 8 Tips To Get Back on Track

Recovering from addiction is never easy. At times, it can feel like a constant uphill battle. This is why addiction relapse is considered a chronic condition. Even if you think you have overcome your battles successfully and have rid yourself of drug or alcohol addiction, there’s always the possibility of you reverting to your old, harmful habits. This is why...

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Drugs and the Brain: Healing After Addiction

The effects of addiction don’t have to be permanent. If you have recently undergone a successful inpatient program, you may now be wondering about the process of undoing the damage. Chances are you may have experienced everything from a weakened immune system to damaged interpersonal relationships. The relationship between drugs and the brain can be complicated. However, the good news...

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Harm Reduction vs. Abstinence Drug Treatment

When deciding to seek treatment for drug addiction—either for yourself or a loved one—one of the questions we often ask is, “which option should I choose?” Knowing the differences between harm reduction and abstinence treatment options will help you make more informed decisions, especially when it comes to your finances, availability, effectiveness of the treatment, and safety. In this article,...

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Women and Substance Abuse: Overcoming Addiction

Addiction recovery programs should take into account all aspects of a women's journey to treatment instead of following a generic approach. Substance abuse disorder (SUD) among women involves unique risks and patterns. Recognizing these can help improve the prevention and treatment of SUD. Let’s take a closer look at women and substance abuse and the crucial role biology plays in...

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How Thought Suppression Can Help You Stay Sober

Do you believe in mind over matter? If you’ve ever heard of the placebo effect, then you’re probably aware that thoughts have a measurable effect on one’s wellness. While its positive effects are usually limited to getting relief from psychological stressors like insomnia, it is evidence that thoughts can influence physical outcomes. What if you could utilize your mind to...

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Am I Addicted? 11 Questions to Ask Yourself

“Am I addicted?” This is a serious question no doctor should ignore. There are many reasons why people start using substances. Sometimes, it is out of curiosity, for entertainment, or to ease emotional pain. There are also times when it is necessary, such as during an illness or after an accident. But when casual use reaches levels of abuse or...

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Inspiring and Motivational Rehab Success Statistics

When we read about addiction statistics, we usually see depressing numbers and varying degrees of negativity. While their purpose is to paint a picture of the severity of substance abuse, this can actually cause more anxiety and shame to a person seeking addiction treatment. What some data fails to report is what happens during and after treatment. There’s a lot...

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10 Celebrities With Addiction: Triumph Over the Condition

Addiction and fame seem to be somewhat intertwined. So, is it the pressure that pushes celebrities into addiction, or is it the money that attracts the vice?  According to studies, certain personality traits are more prone to addiction. Impulsive, obsessive and novelty-seeking behaviour are often tied to addiction, qualities that many celebrities also possess, being the natural entertainers and high...

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