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The Cost of Addiction on Your Life

Addiction, whether it be to substances or alcohol, is detrimental to a person suffering from it and to the people close to them. The cost of addiction bears many negative effects on important life foundations, such as family ties, social relationships, careers, and financial stability. In fact, there is a strong correlation between addiction and poverty, and this is only...

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Teenage Drinking: What’s Normal? | Freedom From Addiction

Identifying and Dealing with Teenage Drinking

Most parents experience the effects of teenage drinking at some point during their children’s adolescent years. While many factors can influence drinking, such as pop culture or the influence of friends, it is important to know that alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in Canada. Teenagers are exposed to alcohol as much as adults are. In 2019, seven million...

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The Sad Truth About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASDs)

We’ve all come across a situation where we’ve witnessed a pregnant friend, loved one, or even a complete stranger indulging in a glass of wine during a “special occasion.” So, how much alcohol is OK during pregnancy? Can drinking alcohol harm an unborn child?  In this article, we break down everything you need to know about fetal alcohol syndrome and...

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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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Common Signs of Liver Damage Caused by Alcohol Abuse

Common Signs of Liver Damage Caused by Alcohol Abuse

It’s no secret that a lot of adults love to drink alcohol for a lot of different reasons. It can be to unwind after a long day at work, to be more social at a friend’s get together, or simply because they enjoy the taste. Overall, moderate alcohol consumption isn’t that bad for you and can even have some surprising...

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How To Report Suspected Human Trafficking

The statistics highlighting just how prevalent human trafficking continues to be in contemporary times are staggering. While many of us do not commonly think about the possibility or the existence of human trafficking, it is a very real social problem that is harming over forty million people around the world. Given the scale of this phenomenon, it can be difficult...

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The Long-Term Effects of Abusing Alcohol

The Long-Term Effects of Abusing Alcohol

Alcohol occupies a strange position in our society. Despite the fact that we’ve known for a long while it can be harmful to use in excess, it’s still a large part of many cultures and considered an acceptable and relatively ‘safe’ drug to use. The fact that there isn’t much stigma around drinking can actually make it hard for people...

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5 Common Myths About Alcoholism

5 Common Myths About Alcoholism

Alcoholics have enjoyed a lot of representation in the media. From characters in novels dating back hundreds and hundreds of years right the way up to the dashing, damaged Don Draper in Mad Men, we’ve been fascinated with alcoholism in a morbid kind of way for longer than any of us can remember. However, despite the prevalence of the issue...

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Do You Ever Stop Being An Alcoholic?

Over the last several years, as a society, we’ve undergone a number of radical shifts with regard to the way we consider addiction. Initially considered a character defect or something to be ashamed of, addiction is now recognized by most medical institutions as a largely medical issue, which deserves the appropriate amount of time and attention in order for treatment...

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Benefits Of Quitting Drinking Alcohol

Top 5 Benefits Of Quitting Drinking Alcohol

Quitting drinking alcohol can be one of the hardest things a person ever has to do in their lives. Not only is liquor highly habit forming and addictive, it is also one of the most socially acceptable drugs on the planet, with approximately two billion people consuming alcoholic drinks globally. With so many people imbibing, addiction can be easily fallen...

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