I can’t take time off work but I know I need professional help with my alcohol or drug problem.
What if I don’t need to be in a residential treatment program for alcohol or drugs- what are my options?
What if I can’t afford an addiction residential treatment program?
These are examples of issues and questions that arise when our clinical team is assessing and helping an individual with an alcohol or drug problem. Sometimes individual counselling or an intensive residential rehab program for alcohol and drugs are not an option.
Bellwood Health Services can still help. Bellwood’s research and clinical team have designed a new innovative program, called the Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals who need an intensive treatment program but due to personal, financial or work obligations cannot enroll in an intensive long-term residential rehab program for substance abuse. Read more
Written by: Natalie Tilluckdharry
According to Health Canada, ‘carbohydrates are the body’s most important source of energy’. However, it is one of the most widely criticized nutrients in food. Following the influx of popularized ‘low carb’ diets in the 1990’s, carbohydrates have taken the blame for obesity and have since held a negative connotation in the minds of many. In addiction and recovery, carbohydrates play a role in energy levels, anxiety, fatigue and cravings. Certain carbohydrates can help to improve these symptoms in those recovering from drugs, alcohol and food addiction.
The Basics of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients our body relies on to produce energy. It is our body’s primary source of energy, as carbohydrates are broken down into glucose. Our body runs on glucose, which is converted in the mitochondria to usable energy called ATP.
However, not all carbohydrates are created equally. Read more
Sexual addiction can be accompanied by other addictions and/or substance abuse. While on the surface, different addictions seem to be associated with their own unique set of behaviours, they are often fueled by the same underlying feelings of guilt, shame, avoidance and trauma. Addictions interact within the individual making it difficult to tease them apart.
When examining patterns of problematic substance use in individuals seeking help for a sexual addiction, it becomes clear that the two are inextricably linked. It is estimated that between 40-60% of individuals with a sexual addiction also meet the criteria for alcohol or drug addiction (Vesga-Lopez et al., 2007). Many individuals with sexual addiction admit to using substances in order to deal with, or escape from, the pain that is caused by their sexual behaviour. People may also use substances to get over their inhibitions in order to engage in sexual behaviours that might be uncharacteristic for them if they were not drunk or high. Read more
By: Jen Foote, Bellwood Alumnus
One year ago, I was in a residential treatment program at Bellwood in Toronto. I have struggled with an eating disorder for my entire adult life and have been pretty much scraping the bottom the past few years. I came to realize that this was not something I was going to grow out of or overcome through willpower and determination.
I needed something else and with my local treatment team, it was decided that I would spend a few
months at Bellwood. At Bellwood, I was introduced to art therapy. I am sure the therapist’s ears are still ringing as I talked non-stop during our sessions, while my hands were busy creating.
Although I was making stuff, I did not consider it art, nor did I consider myself any sort of artist. Sure, I
have dabbled in all sorts of crafts over the years and love making things, but never professionally, and certainly not for public consumption. Read more
Our post-modern, technologically advanced, individualistic, wealthy, progressive and competition-driven society appears to have lessened our capacity to be compassion-ate with others and ourselves. Numerous mediating factors might contribute to this situation, including compromised traditional, social, communal and cultural ties, ur-banization and emigration trends, economics, globalization, politics and neo-liberal market pressures. Current studies in health, psycho-social and psychiatric domains further echo alarming client reports of growing sense of alienation, lack of support, dissatisfaction and lower sense of happiness, which may further have direct and indi-rect impact on the well-being of adults, children and families . It is in this context, that self-compassion is gaining momentum as an emerging and meaningful field of psy-chology with wide range application potential.
The concept of self-compassion has roots in ancient philosophies, ideologies and cultures, and occupies important aspects of many religions. However, it is only re-cently that self-compassion has been researched in more formalized settings. Read more