Early Recovery: Three Things That Can Help Sustain Sobriety

Life during your first year of sobriety can sometimes be overwhelming.  Unfortunately, there is no guidebook or one specific path for everyone to follow during this time. Recovery is unique to each person.  However, every person seeking recovery needs to start by taking an inventory of their lives and beginning to make healthy changes and decisions.  This is a […]

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5 Signs You Might Have a Gambling Problem

While the signs of a process addiction aren’t much different from those of a substance use disorder, there are some key variations that are important to know. Whether it involves lottery tickets, betting on fantasy sport games, casinos, or online poker, compulsive gambling often has serious negative consequences.  From harmful financial losses such as bankruptcy and homelessness […]

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Registration Open for the Healing and Treating Trauma and Addiction Conference in Oakville

Registration is now open for the 2015 Healing and Treating Trauma, Addictions and Related Disorders conference! Historically, the Edgewood Foundation has partnered with Jack Hirose to put on a conference about healing and treating trauma, addictions and concurrent disorders. With amazing speakers like Don Meichenbaum, Stephen Grinstead and Margaret Wehrenberg, the conference has been an informative and expanding experience for […]

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The Importance Of Aftercare In Recovery

For those suffering from addiction, the consequences can be devastating. People lose their jobs, damage their relationships with friends and family, and face financial hardship. It becomes cyclical; substance abuse creates these personal difficulties and in turn, they can cause stress and trigger the individual to use more frequently. In other words, abusing substances becomes […]

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Seeking Treatment for PTSD: The Recovery Process

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is by definition a set of symptoms resulting from a traumatic experience of “death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury or actual or threatened sexual violence. “ More broadly, PTSD can also be defined as having experienced an overwhelming situation where your normal coping strategies are not adequate. Symptoms of […]

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Intensive Outpatient Programs: Early Intervention Can Mitigate the Need for Residential Treatment

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Similar to other chronic illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, addiction, if left untreated can develop into a more severe condition over time.  The negative impact of addiction can range from physical and emotional […]

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Intensive Outpatient Programs: A Flexible Option for Addiction Treatment Could be the Solution

Substance abuse is a pervasive mental health problem that can affect anyone. Research has demonstrated that about one in ten Canadians reports having a substance use issue, and these individuals include professionals, those who are employed or self-employed and those who have other daily responsibilities and commitments such as homemakers and caregivers. At times, the […]

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