Calgary Dream Centre
4510 Macleod Trail SW Calgary AB T2G 0A4 (403) 243-5598
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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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The 5 Stages of Addiction

Addiction isn’t a one-time event; it’s a journey that unfolds through various stages. Each person’s path with addiction is unique, with the duration and intensity of each stage differing from one individual to another. Recognizing and understanding these stages can be instrumental in breaking the cycle and seeking help, whether for yourself or a loved […]

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How Recovery Support Groups Can Help

Navigating early sobriety can be overwhelming and challenging. Being able to rely on a supportive community of like-minded individuals who understand the process of recovery can make all the difference. Support groups provide an avenue for those in recovery to gain valuable insight into their journey and build meaningful connections with peers in similar circumstances. […]

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The Importance of Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

The journey to recovery can be difficult, and there will likely be challenges along the way. When dealing with any kind of illness, including drug or alcohol addiction, self-care is an essential element of the recovery process. Just like our bodies require healthy food, hydration, and exercise to thrive, our minds require attention and care […]

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Relapse Prevention Plan

Recovering from substance use disorder is a journey that requires dedication, commitment, and perseverance.  But even after completing a recovery program, the risk of relapse can remain high. Many individuals recovering from substance use disorder often face relapse challenges during the first 90 days of sobriety.  Therefore, a relapse prevention plan is integral for people […]

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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 Reconnect with Family After Addiction Recovery

One of the most challenging aspects of recovering from addiction can be reconnecting with family members. The role that families play in recovery can be important, so while it may be difficult, rebuilding those relationships can also be beneficial. Reconnecting with family after addiction recovery takes time and is rooted in building trust. Building relationships […]

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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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The Calgary Dream Centre acknowledges with humble gratitude that our organization is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Iyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Otipemisiwak Métis Government of the Métis Nation within Alberta District 6, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.