Five Things You Need To Know About Interventions

How do you get someone who is so immersed in their addiction to listen up and realize that they need treatment? There are many reasons why someone suffering from a substance use disorder may not want to go to treatment. Some don’t believe they have a problem, some may think they can get well on their own.

And yet, there has been much research done on the psychological or physical conditions a person needs to get well. Some organizations believe in the idea of ‘rock bottom’ – hitting an absolute low allows the person to realize they need help. Others believe that a person must be individually motivated to get well in order for therapy to work.  Because of this, families are often at a loss as to how to help their loved one.

For some families, an intervention can be an option. Read more

Four Reasons to Boost Your Heart Health

It’s February and Valentine’s Day is coming. What better time to think about your heart! Why not check out these tips to help boost your health:

A heavier body weight may be linked to heart disease. Compared to people of normal weight, overweight people are at 22% higher risk of having a stroke. In obese people, the risk rises to 64%. This was published in a 2010 report in the journal Stroke, which obtained results from 25 studies involving over two million people. Consider changing your food choices. A healthy diet (check out the Canada Food Guide) is about 80% of the solution. Improving food choices (especially decreasing processed food), eating out less and being mindful of portion size are a good place to start. Remember to start off each day with a healthy breakfast that includes protein. Change it up; variety is the spice of life! Read more

How the New Recovery Advocacy Movement is Helping Change the Way We Talk About Addiction


Written by Annie McCullough

The Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a primary, chronic and progressive disease, with a tendency to relapse, leading to disability or premature death without treatment and engagement in recovery activities.

Today neuroscientists know the parts of the brain involved in addiction and that the behaviors of addicts are, in fact, symptoms of a brain disorder. Alcohol and other drugs can literally hijack the survival mechanisms of the human brain. The debate among the uninformed is often about whether addiction is a disease or a choice. The short answer is that addiction is a disease “of” choice. It is a disorder of the parts of the brain that we need to make healthy choices that honor the sanctity of life.

An individual afflicted with SUD (substance use disorder, a.k.a. Read more

Let’s Talk About Addiction AND Mental Illness Together

The word addiction still paints a stereotype of what a person with substance abuse problems looks like. Several people still believe it’s a moral failing. Many biases stem from the way we were brought up, cultural taboos, negative experiences or a lack of understanding. Stigma is one of the biggest challenges people face when they talk about addiction and mental health.

During the Bell Let’s Talk day on January 27th, 2016, as part of the Edgewood Health Network, we will work with Healthy Minds Canada to shed a light on addiction and mental illnesses that many of our clients often have in conjunction with addiction. Canadians are certainly making a progress in terms of talking about mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. What many don’t know is that people with mental illness are twice as likely to have substance abuse problems. Read more

Can You Be Too Old To Start Recovery?

More research has been showing an increase in the amount of older people overdosing or abusing drugs and alcohol– mostly, from our baby boomer generation.  Perhaps, you thought addiction only affected young people or wealthy people? Well, studies are revealing that substance abuse in seniors is becoming an urgent matter in geriatric medicine. Some seniors are becoming addicted to painkillers or alcohol and they need help.

At the Edgewood Health Network (EHN), our addiction centres in Canada see all walks of life. Yet, recently within the last 10 years, we have been seeing a steady increase in older people seeking help for addiction. Some of you may be asking, “Can you be too old to start recovery?”

The Pressures of Life

I sat down with one of the first addiction counsellors at EHN’s Bellwood Health Services, DR, an incredibly honest and compassionate person who always tells it like it is to clients who are coming into treatment. Read more

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