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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…

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Jul 13 Posted By

A Case for Gender Specific Treatment: The...

Research and studies show that the impact of addiction can be different for men and women. Here are some differences at a glance: Men: Are more likely to have a drug or alcohol use problems than women. Have higher rates of chemical dependence than women for all ages except the 12 to 17 year age group. Tend to higher rates of “social drinking” when compared to women. Tend to start using cocaine recreationally as a way to bond with other men. Women, on the other hand, typically initiate recreational cocaine use as a way to bond with the men in their lives. Women: Tend to proceed more rapidly to drug dependence...

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May 31 Posted By

How Important are Addiction Treatment Success...

There are very few treatment centres in Canada that are transparent about their success rates. If this sounds odd, it is. Imagine the public outcry if the local hospital just did what it wanted to without having to answer to some higher authority or organization. But one of the more peculiar things in the treatment of addictions is its secrecy. Public scrutiny scares most facility managers because it means inviting professional researchers in to take an in-depth look at how successful they are. A handful of private facilities did so with embarrassing consequences. Renascent in Ontario advertised anindependent study, which concluded...

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