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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