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Open Letter to Someone Entering Substance Abuse Treatment

Recently someone referred to you as a drug addict, alcoholic, or both. The judicial system may refer to you as a criminal because of your actions. There may be negative assessments of your parenting by agencies that govern your contact with your children.To address your...

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by reliving a psychologically traumatic situation, long after any physical danger involved has passed.PTSD can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents,...

What is the extent of prescription drug abuse in Canada and elsewhere?

Available evidence suggests that Canadians are among the heaviest consumers of psychotropic medication in the world. However, there are few Canadian statistics on the number of people who use prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes. Indeed, there is minimal research information available regarding the extent of prescription drug diversion...

Are you with the Right Partner?

During a seminar, a woman asked," How do I know if I am with the right person?"The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so he said, "It depends. Is that your partner?" In all seriousness, she answered "How...

Importance of Healthy Father and Son Relationships

 Male-to- male-alcohol-related aggression (MMARA) i.e. Bar fightsBy Nigel Turner, Anger Therapist at Turning Point's Habitude™ProgramBar fights are a common occurrence partly because those in bar fights, particularly in the 20-35 age category, think that is the normal thing to do. Anger management clients who are...

Struggling to Hold Onto Your Sobriety? Try Helping Someone Else!

By DAVID SACK, M.D.Alcoholics Anonymous is founded on the concept of one addict helping another. This emphasis on service is not based on religious dogma or speculation, but rather decades of experience with what works in addiction recovery. Until recently, science has focused on discovering new...

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great...