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Addictions

How Anxiety Can Perpetuate Substance Use

Approximately three million individuals (11.6%) were affected by anxiety in Canada in 2013. Many factors in your daily life can contribute to anxiety. Among these factors are conflicts with friends or family, financial issues, health complications, work troubles, and much more. When anxiety gets the upper hand, people have a tendency to find ways to cope. However, …

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How Marriage Counselling Can Help Recovery

The journey to recovery is a long and winding road. There are setbacks. Some days are easier than others. No one is perfect, and no story is the same. Every individual in recovery is unique. Strong and healthy relationships with great communication are key ingredients to a successful recovery story. However, substance use disorder (SUD) …

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How Cannabis Addiction Affects Your Mind and Body

Cannabis addiction, also known as cannabis use disorder, can happen to anyone and is not to be taken lightly. According to the Government of Canada, one in three people who use cannabis will develop a problem. Roughly nine percent of those who use cannabis will become addicted to it. Addiction of any kind should be taken seriously, …

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Cocaine Addiction: Treatment, Recovery, and Relapse Prevention

It’s no secret that cocaine is one of the most addictive illicit drugs on the market, with a high risk of relapse. What makes it so addictive? Cocaine, like other drugs, releases large amounts of dopamine into the brain, triggering the brain’s reward system and providing pleasure. This type of stimulation is powerful and highly addictive, thus …

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What Are the Treatment Options for Drug Addiction?

Having a drug addiction does more than just deplete your funds. It affects all aspects of your life. The use of drugs will weigh heavily on your overall health, both mentally and physically. Addiction is a lot like other diseases, such as heart disease. Both disrupt the normal, healthy functioning of essential organs in the …

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How to Overcome Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction, or alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a widely recognized medical condition. According to the Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society (CAUDS), AUD “is a chronic health condition that causes people to feel compelled to drink, to drink too much and not be able to stop.”  Alcohol addiction is not only widely recognized; it is found near …

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Understanding the 4 Stages of Drug Addiction

Developing a drug addiction is not something that occurs in one day. There is a process involved in becoming addicted. Within this process, there are four stages. You may be wondering, “Am I addicted to drugs?” or perhaps, “What stage am I in?” Whatever your questions may be, understanding the four stages of drug addiction …

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