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Spotting Signs of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is an issue that affects individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. It’s a complex problem that can stem from various factors, such as genetic predispositions, environmental influences, and personal trauma.  When it goes unnoticed, substance abuse can have devastating effects on a person’s physical and mental health, as well as […]

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Telltale Signs of Addiction

Substance use disorder—commonly known as addiction—is a complex medical condition that can affect people differently. Substance use is common for many people and occurs at many different levels, so it can be difficult to know when a person’s behaviour and habits signal a change from beneficial or low-risk use to high-risk use and substance abuse […]

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How Peer Pressure Can Lead to Addiction

As we navigate growing up, building friendships, and finding our place in social circles, encounters with peer pressure are all too common. These moments present us with choices that might go against our personal beliefs and values, particularly when it comes to using substances like drugs and alcohol. While peer pressure is often associated with […]

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Stress and Addiction: How They Work Together

Stress affects everyone differently and can stem from many different life events. Whether stress is related to significant past traumatic experiences or new changes, it’s important to know how it can contribute to health conditions like addiction.  There is a link between stress and substance use. Many studies show stress is a leading risk factor […]

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How to Help Someone with Addiction Get Treatment

There is more to addiction than substance abuse. It is a disease that slowly develops through long-term changes to the brain, accelerated by mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Once addiction takes hold of someone you love, it can be a very difficult process to break through the habits and rediscover the person […]

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What Is the 12-Step Program?

Addiction is complex. And if you or a loved one has suffered from addiction, you should know it’s not a choice.  Addiction is characterized by the continued use of substances despite the harmful consequences. Research has also shown the link between substance use disorders and mental illness.  By recognizing that addiction is a problem in […]

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How Faith Can Help You Recover from Substance Abuse

Managing addiction is a huge task. It’s challenging, complex, and a bit different for each individual setting out to change their life for the better. And it’s not something you need to do alone. Studies have shown that faith is a positive force in the recovery process. Every person’s spirituality and way of practicing or […]

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