Addictions


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10 ‘Tells’ of a Gambling Addict


Gambling addiction is a problem that quickly overwhelms it’s sufferer. Offering what feels like the path to escape, but only digging us deeper, most addicts find out they have a problem only after the loss of thousands. If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from a gambling addiction, it can be tough…

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Substance as a Coping Mechanism – How We Develop Problems


Most addicts can trace their addiction back to a ‘first experiences’ that occurred in adolescence. The period after puberty is one of massive ups-and-downs. Powerful feelings, ones we’ve never had to deal with before, assault us on a daily basis. On a physical level our brains are in a period of massive re-development. On a personal…

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What to Do When You Love An Addict


Addiction takes many forms, manifesting in substance abuse, unhealthy sexual activity, and even seemingly trivial things like eating. While the way it reveals itself differs, all addicts share similar patterns of thought and behavior. One common characteristic of addiction is that sufferers have a predisposition to, whether they mean to or not, drain the life…

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Be Your Own Hero & Overcome Your Addiction


As an addict (of sex, alcohol, drugs, or really anything), you’ve probably told yourself into thinking that you are your own problem – but a key to recovery is realizing that you are your own solution. Sometimes you have to be your own warrior; picking yourself up, carrying on and continuing to fight without ever backing down.  If you’re struggling with…

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Addictions


Without qualified support, addictions can be difficult to overcome. Left untreated, addictions of all kinds can wreak havoc on your personal, professional, and social relationships. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, often referred to simply as CBT, is a form of treatment that relies on discussion to arrive at long term results. CBT is an incredibly successful mode…

Navigating Social Drinking in the Summertime


  Summer holidays are progressing steadily, the season of great expectations is coming to a close. Family and friends are trying to squeeze as much get togethers in the last few weeks as they can, the BBQ is ready, and the fridge is well supplied with food and drinks. The warm weather, the family gathering,…

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Addictions & Families: Upcoming Seminar


  This month in preparing for March’s Relationships Matter seminar, we have been spotlighting addiction and its impact on the family. While statistics can vary, it is likely that if you are not yourself experiencing an addiction, then you are a family member or friend that is impacted by someone who is. As there are many…