Alcohol Addiction: Surviving a Relapse Following Alcohol Rehab

The Chronic Nature of Addiction and Relapses Addiction is a chronic disease, and as a result relapse is always a possibility. Despite holistic and successful addiction treatment and even years of sobriety, nothing is guaranteed. Addiction causes long-term functional and structural changes in the brain, resulting in persistent changes in behaviour. Although alcohol rehab gives […]

Summer Book Review: The Power of Kindness

Finding the Kindness in the World Dr. Brian Goldman, a former ER doctor and host of CBC Radio’s White Coat Black Art, finds himself at the end of his career as a healthcare practitioner, wondering if his empathy for others and motivation to care for them, which initially launched his career in the medical field, […]

A Successful Sober Summer

A long hot week during the dog days of summer is colloquially punctuated with a backyard BBQ and cold beer, or a patio drink underneath a colourful umbrella. The culture of drinking during the summer can make it seem impossible to enjoy the sunshine without imbibing, making it a particularly difficult time for those in […]

Happiness Comes in Small Packages—and Small Towns Too

Study About Small Town Happiness A recent study has found that living in a small community is related to significantly greater happiness than living in densely populated urban centres. Researchers speculated that this disparity in happiness is likely due to a meager or absent sense of community and thus personal support within larger cities. Interestingly, […]

Challenging the “Wine Mom” Culture This Mother’s Day

The Pervasive “Wine Mom” Culture “Mommy’s Juice” scrolled over discrete wine glasses and relatable memes proclaiming that the most expensive part of parenthood is the amount of wine required, gently urge us to normalize the “Wine Mom” culture. After a day of diapers, dance class, dirty dishes, and discipline, a glass of wine is well-deserved. […]

The Business of Alcohol Addiction

Often, those recovering from alcohol addiction see their past with alcohol as a hindrance for their future. But, it’s all about perspective! In fact, the skills you learn throughout alcohol addiction and alcohol rehab can be put to use in a variety of ways to make you stand out in the business world! Resilience Gained […]

Opioid Addiction Pales in Comparison to Alcohol Use

With all of our attention focused on the raging opioid epidemic, we have allowed ourselves to neglect the risks of alcohol use. Headline after headline convinces us that opioids are the number one concern, and the effects of all other drugs are incomparable. Yet, only 13% of Canadians have used prescription opioids in the past […]

Brighten up! Finding Happiness after Alcohol Rehab

Symptoms of depression, or generally decreased mood, are often associated with alcohol addiction, as well as the time period following alcohol addiction treatment. Feeling down can make you want to stay isolated, making rebuilding your life and reconnecting with friends and family difficult. Throughout alcohol rehab the psychological problems underlying an alcohol addiction are addressed, […]

Just Breathe—Addressing Anxiety in Alcohol Addiction

Taking Control of Alcohol Addiction and Anxiety in Alcohol Rehab Anxiety is a familiar obstacle while in alcohol rehab, yet is commonly present well before the addiction takes hold. An important part of the recovery process is psychological therapy to address the underlying causes of anxiety, which may have preceded the addiction. A large part […]

Giving Back After Alcohol Addiction

Finding Meaning in Your Addiction and Recovery Beginning a new life after recovery from alcohol addiction is an exciting new challenge. One of the best ways to begin your life after rehab is to find something to do which gives you meaning and purpose. There are many opportunities to harness the strength which allowed you […]