Contrary to popular belief, most people suffering from addiction are highly sensitive and highly intelligent. Many of them are as meek as lambs when they are sober but can turn into raging lions when they are under the influence of their drug of choice. This confuses the people around them who sometimes wonder if their loved one has a split personality. They are often baffled and hurt by the intensity of anger expressed during such bouts, which can often lead to physical violence or reckless behavior such as driving under the influence. Read more
For anyone thinking about attending a residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility for the first time, they might quite reasonably wonder what kind of environment they will be walking into. Will you be greeted at the entrance of the facility by well-built men wearing white coats? How will you spend your time? Will you never be allowed to leave the facility until you complete your treatment? Read more
Stress and addiction produce some of the same changes in brain systems and so they are intimately connected. Read more
Sometimes we are unaware of this emotional state until the stress produces physical symptoms. Consider the following problems you have possibly experienced in the past 30 days: Read more
At some point in life, most of us find ourselves addicted to one thing or another. Work, relationships, internet, food, sex, shopping.
Addictions usually start off as a defense against something we’re afraid to confront. A painful emotion. A harsh reality. We reach out for something, someone, or act out a behaviour to make us feel better immediately so we can avoid the unsettling feelings inside us. Read more