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Individual Counselling

Are you feeling overwhelmed and alone in dealing with a loved one’s addictive behaviours? At Turning Point, we understand that addiction is painful for family members, and that too often they are ignored in the healing process.“I tell people that they must be good to themselves...

Ontario Standardized Assessments

Turning Point offers Ontario Standardized Assessments, a requirement for gaining access to government-funded substance abuse treatment programs. “A standardized assessment is a mandatory requirement for all government-funded treatment programs, and there are often lengthy waiting periods to get an assessment,” says John Vereecke, Turning Point...

My need to vent….

Is it just me, or has anyone else in Canada noticed the absence of government support for successful substance abuse and addiction rehabilitation centres in Canada? Living here in Alberta, I am sickened and saddened by our governments, both Provincial and Federal, lack in recognizing the...

My Turning Point with Effexor

I am writing this not to persuade or to dissuade anyone from taking or not taking any prescription medications. It is purely my experience with the prescription drug Venlaflaxine (Effexor) and I believe that the more knowledge one has, the more informed decision they are able...

Is addiction to alcohol or drugs a disease?

by Maxwell CynnIt has become an accepted, and commonly held, belief that addiction to drugs and alcohol, or any number of other addictions, is a "disease". Addicts, and their families, are convinced that they are suffering from an affliction for which there is no known...

Understanding Responsibility – Part 2

The goal derived from the family systems theory is to gain differentiation or individuality while maintaining togetherness. Differentiation is the evolutionary desire in each person to be an individual – to grow to be an emotionally separate person with the ability to think, feel, and act for himself....