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Aug 31 | Posted By

Why do Some People Maintain unhealthy Relationships After Treatment?


It can be confusing and frustrating for family members and friends to watch their loved one return to hanging out with old friends (often people who are still actively using) after treatment and in recovery. We get many calls from people who are so perplexed by why someone who has started on a path to…

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Aug 22 Posted By

Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Lots of people struggle with things beyond their addiction. Some typical challenges are depression, anxiety and panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief over losing a loved one, and attention deficit disorder. In the old days of addiction treatment, counsellors didn’t pay much attention to these issues. Mental health professionals didn’t want to work with them because they were "addicts"; addiction counsellors didn’t want to work with them because they had mental health struggles. So people with concurrent disorders often just fell through the cracks in the system. Thankfully, this has mostly changed now....

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Aug 08 Posted By

Warning Signs for Relapse

Many family members with a loved one in addiction are concerned about life after treatment or in recovery. Many ask, "What are the warning signs for relapse?" The most common signs of a loved one who is about to slip or relapse include: Withdrawing from recovery-related activities (e.g. meetings and support systems) No longer maintaining fitness routine Bargaining (i.e. Loved one says something like "Cocaine was a problem, but drinking wasn't, so I can drink") Getting easily upset Becoming bored and restless Not taking responsibility Lying Blaming others for own actions If you notice any of these signs in your...

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