Addictions


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How to Know Whether You Have an Addiction (and How to Treat It)


If we were to address addiction a century ago, we would have been talking about a moral failing rooted in one’s personality. Thankfully, therapy and counselling have evolved over time, and addiction (be it alcohol, drugs or other substances & activities) is today regarded as an illness. Addiction has been categorized this way thanks to…

Screen Time: Do You Have a Social Media Addiction?


  You’re well past your bedtime, but your smartphone and laptop are still keeping you up. You know that you have to start your day early tomorrow morning, but you just can’t seem to close your gadgets for fear of missing out. You recognize that your attachment to social media may not be healthy anymore,…

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The 6 Stages of Beating an Addiction


No matter what type of addiction you or a loved one may be facing, the road to recovery is a long and complex one. It all seems so daunting, the idea of “change.” As human beings, after all, on many levels we are wired to resist change. We’d rather stay in our comfort zones! When…

The Dangers of Substance Abuse & Addiction


The years of high school, college and university can be some of the most exciting times in a young person’s life – when they are meeting new people, having new experiences, taking risks, leveraging,  opportunities, and expanding their horizons. However, during these years young adolescence also experiences some of the most highly pressured times in…

The Three Most Common Eating Disorders & Their Symptoms


Eating disorders are much more complex than simply over or under-eating. They come with a diverse set of symptoms and conditions unique to each patient, rising from a variety of biological factors, family dynamics and social pressures of their peer group or chosen profession. Additionally, one’s own personality traits such as addiction, perfectionism or obsessiveness…

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Cognitive Therapy: How a Handful of Sessions Could Change Your Life


Wondering what cognitive therapy is all about? Perhaps your GP or other doctor referred you to a cognitive therapist? Or maybe you’ve tried other forms of therapy and haven’t found success? Whatever brought you to this search, we’re happy to answer your questions about cognitive therapy. Let’s explore what it is, what it isn’t, how…

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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…