Would You Choose Chaos over Serenity? The Controversy Behind Addiction as a “Disease” Vs. a “Choice”

Would You Choose Chaos Over Serenity? The Controversy behind Addiction as a "Disease" Vs. a "Choice"

The recent deaths of actors Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith have stirred up public discussion about why such successful celebrities would seemingly “throw it all away” by “choosing” to take drugs, and ultimately overdose on heroin. Some discussions even went so far as to debate whether the entertainment industry should honour the memory of these actors at all. The underlying tone of such sentiments suggests that individuals such as Hoffman and Monteith (and countless others) chose their addiction over their success, their families and ultimately their lives.

What is Addiction?

While the debate about the causes of addiction is not new, a recent definition put forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has begun to challenge the notion that addiction is a behaviour problem based on an individual’s poor choices in life. According to ASAM (2011) addiction is more than a behavioural issue or disorder. Read more

Can yoga help in addiction recovery?


Can yoga help in addiction recovery? Yes! As with any good exercise routine, yoga offers many benefits during the recovery process.

Addiction is a chronic disease that over time can cause serious damage to a person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. The whole purpose of the ancient discipline of yoga is to unite and heal the mind, body, and spirit – a perfect complement to addiction recovery.

To depict some of these great benefits of yoga on your health, we’ve summarized 10 of the greatest benefits of regular yoga practice.

The Health Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Recovery

1. Improved Flexibility

Increased range of motion is one of the first and most noticeable benefits of yoga. Flexibility improves your posture, balance, dexterity, blood flow and mobility in joints.

2. Enhanced Brain Function

Yoga has been hailed as a great way to enhance your brain function. Read more

Giving Back to Others: One of the Greatest Gifts in Addiction Recovery

Giving Back to Others: One of the Greatest Gifts in Addiction Recovery

At Bellwood Health Services, we have a group of volunteers who assist our team of clinicians and our clients 7 days a week. Their acts of kindness and selflessness portray what it truly means “to give back to others”. Some of the Bellwood Volunteers have been through addiction treatment themselves and are in recovery. So, the question is, “Why is it important to our Volunteers and others in recovery to give back?”

Why Give Back?

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ― St. Francis of Assisi

Recovery from drugs alcohol or other behavioural addictions is a process not a life experience. As one continues on a path of sobriety, it becomes easier to realize and open ourselves to healthier and better decisions. One can find inner peace much better and has a better sense of gratitude for where they are now because of who helped them and because of their own courage to change their life around. Read more

Ecstasy is Making a Comeback as Molly: A Dangerous Addictive Drug

Ecstasy is Making a Comeback as Molly

“I don’t pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford” is what Jay-Z raps about in one of his latest singles. Jay-Z references that his drug of choice is fashion designer pieces and not Molly. Several music artists are making references to Molly in their music. Yet, many people may not know what Molly is but they might be familiar with the dangerous side effects of the addictive drug known as Ecstasy.

What is Molly?

Essentially, an old drug from the late ‘90s and early 2000s- Ecstasy, is making a comeback as Molly. The drug known as “Molly” contains one of the main ingredients that ecstasy has- called MDMA. Molly is becoming a popular drug because many users believe the drug contains pure MDMA- a medication that was originally developed to treat depression.

Yet, the reality is that today’s Molly generally does not have MDMA. Read more

Are Online Treatment Programs Effective?

Are Online treatment programs effective

Are online treatment programs effective? The answer is – it depends.

For some people struggling with an addiction, they recognize that they have a problem and seek help. But for others, there are barriers preventing them from reaching out. Barriers such as lack of motivation and stigmatization are common issues that prevent substance users from seeking treatment. Living in a remote geographic location and not having adequate treatment resources in their area, and no means to pursue treatment elsewhere, are also barriers for seeking treatment.

The reality is that due to various barriers most people struggling with an addiction go through it alone and do not seek any form of treatment. In this case, online treatment can be a safe and private alternative for those who are not ready or are unable to join a formal addiction rehab program. Online services can be helpful in diminishing the treatment gap, which is the gap between people in need of treatment and those actually receiving it. Read more

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