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Understanding Methadone Withdrawal: Symptoms and Timeline

Methadone is a synthetic analgesic used to replace other drugs such as fentanyl and heroin to avoid a harmful relapse. It’s often used as part of a harm reduction plan and can be quite effective when used as prescribed.  However, users can easily become addicted to methadone due to its pain-relieving effects. When this happens, methadone withdrawal symptoms may be...

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Childhood Trauma and Addiction: How Are They Linked?

Our childhood experiences shape us, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that trauma in the formative years can have a long-lasting impact. You may be wondering how childhood trauma and addiction are related; are people more prone to developing an addiction after going through adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)? Is there a way to prevent past trauma from causing addiction...

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What Are the Principles of Trauma-Informed Care?

Everyone plays a part in healing people with trauma. Even non-therapists can participate in someone else’s recovery. However, these efforts should be guided by the principles of trauma-informed care. First responders, law enforcement officers, service providers, and support staff can help improve health outcomes and patient engagement by implementing a trauma-informed approach. Let’s take a closer look at the fundamental...

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Human Trafficking Statistics in Canada

Human trafficking is an an abhorrent criminal act that exploits vulnerable people. One would like to think that such an act doesn’t happen in this day and age, however, human trafficking affects around 40.3 million people around the world today. This article dives deep into human trafficking statistics in Canada, showing the reality of how it happens, who it affects...

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What Is Comorbidity and How Does It Differ From Concurrent Disorders?

Relatives of individuals with drug dependence often wonder what made their loved ones abuse drugs. Did the substance abuse happen because they have a mental illness? Or did the substance abuse cause the mental illness? Often, mental illness contributes to substance abuse and vice-versa. But sometimes, a person can have both substance abuse disorder and mental illness at the same...

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Top 10 Foods Good for Liver Health

Liver health is a primary concern for newly sober people with a history of substance use disorder. One of the countless ramifications of alcohol abuse is liver damage. Years of excessively drinking alcohol cause swelling and inflammation that can potentially progress to scarring or liver cirrhosis, the final stage of liver disease. If you are recovering from addiction and are...

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How to Set Up a Support System After Rehab

Life in recovery has its ups and downs, and that’s why having a good support system can make a difference in helping you get through it. These people can be your sounding board when making significant decisions, or a trusted ally to keep you accountable spanyour path to sobriety Your support system will be there for you as you figure...

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Why Co-Occurring Disorders Can Be Challenging to Treat

Addiction can exist alongside mental health concerns. When this happens, the combination is known as a co-occurring disorder or a concurrent disorder. When this occurs, a subsequent treatment plan is carefully prepared in conjunction with addiction treatment. There can oftentimes be challenges in the execution of co-occurring disorder treatment due to the complexities and risk factors that are present in...

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A Helpful Guide to Your First Counselling Session

At any given year, 1 in every 5 Canadians experience addiction, and because of this, counselling is an integral part of the rehabilitation process. Making the decision to seek help for an addiction is one of the most important things you can do. Once you have gone through the detoxification process, you might feel ready for your first counselling session....

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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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