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Opioid 101

The opioid epidemic is not new in Canada, but as of late, it has brought light to the subject that many were not aware of. It has been estimated by Health Canada that since 2016, there have been more than 9,000 apparent opioid related deaths and in 2017, overdoses took approximately 11 lives per day. This does not count the many hospitalizations due to overdoses.

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Questions to ask when choosing an addiction rehab facility

Not all residential addiction rehab facilities in Ontario are the same.  Knowing what to look for in a quality treatment centre can make all the difference in overcoming an addiction. Being prepared to ask the right questions and learning as much as possible about the individual services and treatment options available, will help ensure an informed decision is made and that you or your loved one will be in the best hands possible.

Don’t take a gamble on addiction treatment, get educated.  Here are 13 questions to ask when choosing a residential rehab facility.

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Alcohol related neurological disease: Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

One of the lesser known or discussed dangers to chronic alcohol use and addiction is what the medical community has coined, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, or for simplicity sake, WKS. This neurodegenerative brain disease is caused by a lack of vitamin B-1, also known as thiamine in the body. When the body is not receiving the proper nutrients it requires, parts of the brain begin to shut down and not function as it once did. 

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The 4Cs of Addiction 

Addiction is a disease. It causes an overwhelming urge to do something that feels  almost impossible to control or stop. Regardless of what the addiction is to, be it illicit drugs, prescription pills, alcohol, smoking or gambling, everyone who has an addiction struggles with the same four factors: craving, compulsion, control and consequences, also referred to as the 4Cs of addiction. These four factors differentiate an addiction from other neurological disorders as the driving force. 

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Addiction is a Family Disease

When you or somebody you love is struggling with addiction, it is often referred to as a family disease because of the impact the addiction has on the individual struggling and those around them. Being a family member of someone who is struggling can be extremely difficult because of the emotional turmoil that occurs while watching a loved one grapple with their battle with addiction. 

Some of the emotions that may arise from being a bystander to a loved one’s addiction include fear, anger, sadness, shame, guilt, anxiety and/ or depression. The emotions of helplessness and hopelessness are commonly experienced as you are forced to watch your loved one self-destruct. These feelings can evoke a belief that your loved one’s struggle with addiction is your responsibility: “Their pain is your pain; their struggle is your struggle.” 

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Staying sober during the pandemic

For all of those who are newly sober or have been in recovery for some time, choosing to remain sober isn’t easy. It is a decision made daily and everyday can have its challenges. Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process;  add a global health pandemic into the mix and maintaining sobriety becomes an entirely different and difficult challenge, no matter how many days, weeks, months or years an individual has been sober. Continue reading “Staying sober during the pandemic”

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Stop enabling an addict

If you have a friend or family member that struggles with addiction, it is likely that you have heard the phrase, “you to need to stop enabling the addict.” We always want the best for our loved ones, especially those struggling with addiction. We believe that we are doing the right thing when helping them. At the end of the day, we may not realize that our helping could be enabling the habits and behaviours of someone struggling with addiction. When we enable an addict, we are preventing them from seeing the total consequences to their actions and/or behaviours. 

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