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13 Oct
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Psychotherapy? How Exactly Does It Work?

TALK THERAPY? HOW EXACTLY DOES IT WORK? “So how exactly does this work? I talk; you listen? Is that … it?” This was one of the first (and many) times that a patient had been outspoken about his doubts and hesitations regarding psychotherapy. Of course, that’s not it. Nevertheless, his question points out one true

Addiction recovery
11 Oct
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How to Stop Using Drugs and Alcohol

HOW TO STOP USING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL We all know that there is no upside to drug and alcohol abuse. However, according to research, there were around 164 million people around the world who abused drugs or alcohol in 2016. This number has only increased over the years and, as a result, excessive use of

Drug overdose
09 Oct
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What Is Addiction?

WHAT IS ADDICTION? It’s the most popular question asked in our discussion groups. Each time people come up with their ideas and concepts on how to define addiction. Some call it a habit, while others label it as a psychological disease. Once someone quoted Milton to explain addiction, and that nuanced take really struck a

Say no to smoking
05 Oct
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How to Stop Smoking

HOW TO STOP SMOKING We all know the health risks associated with smoking. Sometimes, the warning label is printed right on the pack of cigarettes. However, it doesn’t make it any easier to quit the habit for good. According to a report issued by the World Health Organization, the tobacco epidemic is one of the

Talking to an addict
04 Oct
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7 Things You Can Do to Help an Addict

HOW TO HELP AN ADDICT Do you know someone who suffers from addiction? Are you wondering how to support them without becoming an enabler? Should you just send them off to a residential treatment program near you? These and many other questions run through your mind when you know an addict. It doesn’t matter what

Suffering is Perceived Shirt CRTC
30 Sep
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My Suffering is Perceived – Addiction Recovery

ADDICTION RECOVERY TAUGHT ME SUFFERING IS PERCEIVED The other night at a gathering my guru-buddy proudly proclaimed, “I’m a Buddhist so I’m tattooing the Ganesha on my forearm.” With my usual snarkiness I quipped, “Dude, pretty sure Ganesha is a Hindu God.” “Well, yeah, same thing. Hindu, Buddha, it’s all about suffering, right?” Buddhism is

Man looking at fights to CRTC
29 Sep
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What to Consider with International Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Traveling Abroad for International Drug Rehabilitation People choose to travel to international drug and alcohol rehabs for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, rehab in the United States and Canada is expensive. Even with insurance, the price can be a major barrier that prevents people from getting the help they need. A willingness to

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Therapy-Group-CRTC
22 Sep
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Effective Treatment for Substance Use Disorder & Behavioral Health

EFFECTIVE DRUG REHABILITATION IS COMPREHENSIVE  The Impact of Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs on Society Research has concluded without a shred of a doubt that abusing alcohol, tobacco, and drugs like opioids have both immediate and long-term health effects. Worldwide, the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime estimated that 275 million people worldwide consumed

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rejoiningSociety
11 Sep
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How Do I Really Feel – Rejoining the Human Experience in Recovery

HOW DO I REALLY FEEL - REJOINING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE IN RECOVERY Emotional Check-In Every morning was the same routine.  We ate breakfast, slurped down our coffees and were herded into the main hall for Emotional Check-In, a regular practice we submit our clients to at Costa Rica Treatment Center.  Emotional Check-In back then consisted

addiction message
28 Aug
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Addiction is a Message

ADDICTION IS A MESSAGE Over the years working as a clinical psychologist with patients who are struggling to overcome an addiction, I’ve come to understand this about their struggle.  Addiction is a message; a complex message.  It is within the complexity of this message where a variety of unrevealed truths lie that must be exposed