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Jun 20 | Posted By

Why Avoiding “Triggers” Doesn’t Prevent Relapse


After people leave treatment or enter recovery, what are they supposed to do when there’s a pub, liquor store, or casino in every neighbourhood? Traditionally, treatment programs teach coping skills as part of a relapse prevention plan. For a client, this would often mean learning how to avoid “triggers” – people, places and things – involving the presence…

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Jun 16 Posted By

Why Sobriety Is Not Enough

If you google addiction treatment, you will inevitably find lists of natural detoxes or ways to purfiy your body. At first glance these tinctures, liquids, and pills can seem like miracle cures as the body is better able to purify or detoxify itself from harmful substances like alcohol and/or drugs. The difficulty is that detoxing or achieving sobriety (or physical abstinence) is only the first step. On its own, abstinence is not enough. Addiction is a complex blend of biological, psychological, and social factors. People who've stopped using alcohol and drugs have only addressed the biological or physical part of the...

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Jun 01 Posted By

“OK, I’m Sober, Now What?”

For individuals in recovery or post-treatment, this is a common question that confronts them as they begin to paint a picture in their minds about what life will look like. The prospect of living life without their preferred substance or behaviour can sound painfully bland by comparison. In fact, this thought alone may stand in the way of successful recovery. In addiction, life can become one dimensional pretty quickly. Day-to-day life becomes focused around using, while everything else is secondary. So when this central focus is removed, a major void is left. A well-rounded recovery plan that addresses this "void" becomes vital for...

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