May 28

Shinrin-Yoku: An Effective Ecotherapy for Drug Rehab, Alcohol Treatment, and Addiction

Shinrin-Yoku, also known as Forest Bathing, “is a traditional Japanese practice of immersing oneself in nature by mindfully using all five senses”. Often led by a guide, these forest baths ask participants to walk slower in order to pay attention to the colours, smells, and sounds found in the forest. This reconnect with nature is designed to slow us down to our natural state and disentangle the mind from the voracious pace of modern life. With its efficacy so well-known, Japan made...
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May 14

The Evolution of Addiction Models: How Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Program Thinking...

Introduction The twentieth century saw serious scientific inquiry into addiction and addictive behaviours. The two main addiction models that sprang forth from the discourse are contradictory, and new theories are bringing us closer to a middle ground. These two models were the moral model and the disease model. In response to the pervading idea of sinful addicts, the 'disease of addiction' came about which removed the burden of blame from the substance user. However as the field of addiction...
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May 2

Mental Health Week: Mental Illness Treatment Programs in Canada and Community Gardens

Community Garden Programs Help Those with Mental Illness Thrive Did you know there is a branch of therapy called ecotherapy? Ecotherapy is any kind of therapy that integrates activity in nature. Horticulture therapy is a growing part of ecotherapy as “the essential components of a community garden program (growing plants, spending time with others in a safe and supportive environment, being active outdoors and bringing home healthy produce harvested from the garden) can contribute to...
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Apr 30

Five Questions to Ask Private Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Programs

There are many questions to think about as you decide between private treatment programs for drug rehab, alcohol treatment, or other addictions. Price is important of course, but what you get for your money is the key. What kind of staff are on site, and what are their qualifications? Is there a refund policy? Remember to also ask about extra-curriculars, including family programs and aftercare. Let's go over five questions to ask before deciding which treatment program is right for...
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Apr 18

Addiction to Remission: Recovery Terminology to Know about Drugs and Alcohol

When working on your substance use issues, you'll encounter some recovery terminology you may not know yet. A lot of the terms sound similar but have quite different meanings. Read on to learn more about what industry professionals mean when they use them, and how they apply to your journey. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is one of the resources used to compile this list of terminology. It is an authority in the world of addiction medicine, and also acknowledges that...
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Apr 16

Help Finding Public Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Ontario

This month, learn how to access public drug and alcohol treatment in Ontario in the next installment of  Provincial Snapshot. Each month, we are outlining the steps you must take to access public drug and alcohol treatment in each province. This blog will detail how to access different levels of addiction and mental health care. If you or someone you know requires urgent help, please call 911. Drug and Alcohol Helpline If you have substance use problems, Ontario is one of the best provinces...
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