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The Many Benefits of Group Therapy

The sense of belongingness is a basic human need. This is the reason why group therapy works in many ways for people going through counselling programs. The benefits of group therapy encompass a wide range of problems; it can help people stay clean and it can address any adjacent mental health issues.  In Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, “belonging” is...

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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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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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Getting to the Root Cause of Addiction vs. Just Detoxing

Drug detox can pave the way towards the start of a potentially promising drug addiction treatment, but it cannot cure addiction on its own. When done appropriately with the guidance of a medical professional, it can be instrumental in helping anyone struggling with substance abuse take the first step to break free from their dependence.  But drug detox is not...

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How To Treat Opioid Dependence

Given the dramatically negative impacts that opioid addiction has on users and their loved ones, it is important that you seek to remove this addiction from your life as quickly as possible. Whether a patient has fallen into opioid dependence from the prolonged use or abuse of prescription medication or through the ingestion of illegal narcotics, the process of weaning...

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Google Announces New Resource for Opioid Addiction Recovery

In honour of National Recovery Month this September, Google recently announced the launch of two new tools as part of their Recover Together initiative that can help individuals who are struggling with alcohol and drug addiction in the United States. These tools are specifically aimed towards combating the opioid crisis that has drastically impacted many communities across North America. Google...

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