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Addiction rehab options – in-patient or out-patient

Addiction treatment for YOU

Choosing between in-patient or out-patient addiction rehab facilities can be a difficult decision for some, as each can have its benefits.

Deciding to put drug and alcohol use behind you can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, but know you never have to be alone and that there is always someone to support you. Making the decision to get sober is and will always be the hardest part, but staying committed to you decision is imperative for continued success.  To help you with deciding whether in-patient addiction treatment or out-patient addiction treatment is the best option, we have broken down the pros and cons of each.

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Summertime sobriety

Summer is in full swing. The sun is hot, beaches are packed and backyard party invitations are endless. But with most invitations comes the popular phrase: BYOB. Last summer that would not have been a problem, after all you were the life of the party and always had a full cooler at the ready. This summer is a little different now that you have chosen a different path – a sober path. 

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Take note

Ask anyone who is going through it – addiction recovery is tough. Some days will be easy, while others will be down right torture. But just because there are inevitably going to be rough days, doesn’t mean you should forget them. One of the best ways to keep a record of your addiction recovery is to write about it. By being able to go back and review some of your hardest moments you can learn more about yourself and the strength you have, than you could ever imagine. ⁠

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Talking to kids about addiction

Imagine for a moment that you are a child and you are watching your father, whom you love more than anything in the world, struggle and spiral out of control. You notice that Daddy isn’t acting like himself, he loses his temper easily and is not home nearly as often as he once was. Perhaps you start to wonder what you had done to make him so upset and start to blame yourself for how he is acting – why else wouldn’t he want to be home with you? What you don’t know is that Daddy is struggling with addiction. 

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Take control of your anxiety

Anxiety affects us all.  It’s a normal, healthy emotion designed to protect us from risk to our health and well-being.  It’s when anxiety becomes constant, and irrational fears begin to interfere with our daily life, that it becomes unhealthy. This is when you need to seek out treatment options to help relieve acute anxiety symptoms.

Perpetual worry affects the way we feel, how we think, and how we behave.  Anxiety can create a downward spiral of emotions and trigger unhealthy behaviour and actions.

To fight back against onset acute anxiety, TAKE ACTION!

Action is the enemy of anxiety.  It takes anxiety’s power away and gives it back to you.

Are you ready to take action? Use these simple but highly effective exercises to relieve acute anxiety when it surfaces.

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New Year’s Resolution or Life Changing Decision?

2022 is a blank page, a story yet to be written. What are you going to make of it? Why not make this the year to make the final decision to change your life for the better – to get and stay sober. 

Making the decision to put your health and wellbeing first is not like regular resolutions that we normally forget about a few weeks into the year. To help you stay on track and follow through with this life-changing decision, we have some simple tips for you to follow:

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Am I really an addict?

You will only be set free once you are able to admit the truth to yourself

Before you can even begin to begin recovery from an addiction, you have to be able to make the most difficult part – admitting that you a problem. For some people, admitting they have a problem is what holds them back from recovery their entire lives, while others are more accepting of the fact and will accept the help they need.

Whether you are questioning whether your actions can be considered an addiction or if you have a friend of loved one that has an issue with substance abuse, you are here to gain a better insight into your present and what your future could be like.

 

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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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The importance of self-care

To say that life has been stressful this year is an understatement. Life as we know it has changed completely. We have been faced with social, financial, professional and spiritual restrictions. This has created a lot of additional stress for many of us and there really isn’t an end in sight. When life gets hectic and overwhelming, we can burn out from pushing ourselves too much without a break.  

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In-Patient vs Out-Patient

What’s A Better Fit For You?

Deciding to put drug and alcohol use behind you can be a challenging and overwhelming experience.  The process usually begins with a detox program. Now remember… staying clean is the hard part! After detox, you must choose between in-patient vs out-patient programs. Both approaches are extremely beneficial but require a significant commitment in order to STAY clean.

In-patient

On the in-patient side, treatment typically takes place in our 5-star ranch-style residential facility. The individual stays in the facility for the duration of their treatment. While there, they participate in a range of therapies, such as… Continue reading “In-Patient vs Out-Patient”

Barriers to Mental Health Counseling

Common Barriers to Counselling

Less than one third of individuals who experience psychological distress seek help from a mental health professional.

What are the roadblocks individuals face when contemplating counseling?

Access to mental health care can improve lives and communities.  It can dramatically improve mental and physical health problems, and reduce the risk of family conflict, employment issues, substance abuse, and suicide.

To increase the use of mental health counseling and treatment services, we must first understand the avoidance factors that prevent people from seeking professional help. Continue reading “Common Barriers to Counselling”