What is “Love Addiction”?

Written by Mike Quarress, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist at Edgewood Treatment Centre. Much controversy surrounds the idea of “love addiction.” People ask, “can one really be addicted to love?” But, one of the fastest growing 12 Step fellowships is Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA). Heck, even Robert Palmer wrote a song with the … Read more

The Hero’s Dilemma: Maintaining Order and the Chaos of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Canadian police officers are disproportionately affected by mental health disorders according to several studies done by CAMH. As a result, the conversation around law-enforcement and mental health disorders is at an all-time high. In the era of social media, we get to see firsthand the interactions between the general public and police, and some of … Read more

How Our Occupational Therapists Help Trauma Patients

Most of us take for granted our ability to complete the most basic steps associated with self care and social engagement. We never really consider that brushing one’s teeth, taking a shower, or having even the briefest social interaction with a stranger may be an emotionally strenuous task for some individuals. Naturally, when a person … Read more

Integrated Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Concurrent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Is The Most Effective Approach

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after an individual has been exposed to a traumatic event such as death, serious injury, or a threat of harm to themselves or to others. When exposed to such events, it is normal to feel intense fear, helplessness, and horror, but in most cases, these feelings are eventually resolved—but, … Read more

Substance Use Disorders and Malnutrition

A healthy diet and adequate nutrition are fundamental for the brain and body to function normally.  Unfortunately, individuals with substance use disorders often neglect diet and nutrition, along with family, friends, and other areas of self-care. The reality is that individuals suffering from substance use disorders exhaust their time, energy, and money pursuing their destructive … Read more