Mar 10

How to Stage an Alcohol Intervention in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada and British Columbia, with more than 2.5 million people in Vancouver’s metropolitan area. With this many people, the need for alcohol intervention is in high demand. Therefore, there are a variety of options for individuals who are seeking help. If treatment is needed, one of the most effective ways to get a loved one to consider a rehabilitation centre is to hold an intervention. However, depending on the needs of the...
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Oct 15

5 Search Tips for Recovery Houses in Surrey BC

Addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is a common illness that afflicts many individuals throughout Canada, and Surrey, BC, is no exception. The area has been adversely affected by drugs and alcohol for years, giving rise to many organizations that aim to provide effective treatment options through recovery houses. Recovery houses in Surrey BC provide hope to individuals with substance use disorder and show them that recovery is possible through support, care, and proper...
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Sep 10

Profile of a Drug Addict – Symptoms, Behaviours & Treatment Options

A drug addict can be anyone, from a close friend or family member to a respected member of your community. The number one cause of drug addiction in Canada, according to the government of Canada, is high rates of opioid prescribing and an increased supply of strong and harmful synthetic opioids permeating the illegal drug supply throughout the country, including drugs such as fentanyl and carfentanil.  But there are a variety of economic, social, and biological factors that play a...
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Aug 26

Private vs. Government Funded Treatment Centers in BC

Most people know that we have a growing addiction problem in British Columbia and across Canada. But less is known about the rate of addiction recovery. The truth is that around 75% of adults overcome their addiction. But it can take multiple attempts for them to fully recover – the average number is five but the median is just two. While accepting the need for treatment is a huge accomplishment, evaluating and choosing the right treatment center in BC is another huge...
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Jul 26

A Comprehensive Guide on Alcohol Rehab | Canada Drug Rehab

Drinking is a commonly accepted part of life. Unfortunately, that means alcohol is a substance prone to being abused. While the characteristics of a drug addict are clearly recognizable, the line between casual drinking and alcohol addiction is blurry. Alcoholism is defined as a strong urge to drink alcohol, to the point where the person has a problem controlling their drinking.  Most people know the vomiting and headaches that accompany a night of binge drinking. However,...
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Jun 28

All About Mental Health Awareness | Canada Drug Rehab

Mental health awareness month is observed every May in Canada. Around one in every seven people (roughly 18%) worldwide live with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. Due to the lack of accurate representation of mental health issues, however, most people don’t understand them well.  Because of this, there is plenty of misinformation, misdiagnosis, and dismissal of mental health problems. Poor mental health awareness can lead to a host of other issues, such as substance...
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Jun 11

How To Talk To Someone With Addiction

It can be incredibly frustrating to try and talk to someone about their addictive behaviours and the impact it’s having on their life and relationships. Often you’ll be met with defensiveness, manipulation and deflections. The first thing you need to know in order to make headway is that substance use disorder (SUD) is not caused by a person’s circumstances. The progressive nature of SUD creates this illusion. Initially, the use seems like a reasonable response to a life...
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May 26

Comprehensive Guide On Alcohol Intervention & Treatment Programs

At first glance, alcohol addiction may seem less fatal than addiction to drugs or tobacco.  Despite this, alcohol addiction is one of the leading contributors to poor health, negative lifestyle choices, and abuse. 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, a statistic that doesn’t account for other emotional and physical damages in an alcohol addict’s life. Thankfully, alcoholism is a treatable issue.  Alcohol intervention is one of the key steps to...
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May 13

7 Signs Someone Is Addicted To Fentanyl in Alberta

Fentanyl addiction can be incredibly dangerous and even deadly. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to identify, especially if the person is actively trying to hide his or her addiction. Knowing the signs of fentanyl abuse and addiction can help you determine if your loved one is abusing this drug and enable you to help your loved one seek treatment in Red Deer, Calgary or Edmonton. Fentanyl is one of the most potent opioids available on the Alberta drug market. It is rarely...
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Apr 16

Woven Into The Fibre Of Your Being

As human beings, our first instinct when something is wrong is to look around our environment and see what’s causing it. We begin making environmental changes as a solution. A new partner, living situation, job, etc. Eventually, it dawns on us that the common denominator in our problems is us.  Oh my. What a potent moment of awareness. Initially painful, this awareness means we can no longer blame external circumstances, people, and institutions for our addictive...
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Apr 4

How Can Mental Health Stigma Lead to Drug Addiction? [Q & A]

There are many schools of thought when it comes to the topic of mental health. Growing awareness of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and even addiction has led to people taking a more serious view.  Slowly but surely, people are starting to consider these ailments with the same degree of seriousness as physical ailments. However, there are still many who undermine the pervasive nature of mental health problems in our society. Those that suffer from mental health...
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Mar 29

How to Choose Addiction Treatment Centers in Alberta

Recovering from substance addiction is tricky. There’s a sense of shame entrenched in society at large surrounding drug abuse, which only makes treatment more challenging. Substance abuse relapse rates stand at 40-60%. With such a high potential for falling short, it’s no surprise that attempts at self-treatment often lead to intense relapse.  Substance addiction is a disease that demands legitimate treatment, just like any other illness. Seeking out professional treatment is...
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