Growing Up In Addiction

Sometimes we have to go back and parent ourselves. When the “little me” was healed, the “big me” grew up. As a little girl, I felt responsible for my parents. I still remember feeling anxious, sitting in the backseat of our car as it wobbled down the highway. I thought my alcoholic father would pass
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A Letter From Heaven

Dear Mom and Dad, Words can’t begin to describe how sorry I am. I’ve put you in a position that no parent should ever face. I left – before you. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The natural order of things was skewed by my addiction. I can only imagine the agony you must
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Exciting news! Book 3 in the Jagged series – Jagged No More – has just been released!

It’s been my great honour to share with you – all I’ve learned in my journey through addiction to working as a counselor in the field of addiction, via the Jagged series. Not every one can afford treatment nor are they comfortable asking for help. If you see yourself or someone you love in these
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Addiction or recovery? It’s your choice.

Addiction Says… Hey little girl, I’ve got something you need. A pill to make you pretty, oh yes indeed! Just one taste and you’ll be mine Your head will spin, you’ll feel so fine! I’m cunning, baffling, and powerful too. I’m larger than life and smarter than you. I’ll tell you things that aren’t even
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Medicating Anxiety Symptoms With Alcohol Or Drug Abuse ADDICTION – By: Dr. Mel Vincent, BASc, MSc, MD, FRCP(C ), ASAM Certified

Shared from Bellwood Health Services. http://www.bellwood.ca/blog/ There is clearly a very important relationship between anxiety symptoms, disorders and addiction. Research has repeatedly demonstrated an important relationship between anxiety disorders and substance use disorders in both directions. Patients who suffer from an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks with or without agoraphobia, social
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Is Your Child Building Walls?

In families with addiction everyone struggles. Each family member develops coping strategies and survival skills to keep them safe within the family unit. The grown ups in these families are often loud, chaotic and scary. They have a voice, but their children don’t. Children with addicted parents distance themselves emotionally. They build walls to protect
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Identifying your role in Addictive Relationships.

When recovering from addiction, either yours or a loved one’s, it’s important to identify roles. Addiction, like cancer, needs a certain environment to thrive in. Whether it’s genetic, environmental or both, this disease affects all in its path. But no one is more affected than the addicted person’s family. Long before this illness is identified,
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Am I A Drug Addict?

It was late afternoon and almost dark. I felt sick and empty inside as I threw my crack pipe off the third floor balcony. The pipe hit the privacy fence with a loud thud. Taking a mental snapshot, I spun on my heels and glared at my partner. “Are you happy now?” My partner had
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Leading psychiatrist Dr. Vincent talks about the opioid epidemic.

It is my great pleasure to introduce Dr. Vincent who has graciously agreed to educate us on the opioid epidemic we are facing today. Dr. Vincent is a leading psychiatrist, who has over twenty years’ experience treating addiction and concurrent mental health disorders. Dr. Vincent says; This week started with an interview request from a
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Dave’s Story.

Meet my husband Dave. He wishes you a safe and sober Christmas and wants you to know if he can do it, you can too. Dave’s story. When I first met Dave he was bent over a pool table with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He squinted down the table, yelled ‘bank’ and
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Is Christmas A Trigger For You?

Relapse doesn’t just happen. It’s a culmination of weariness, dishonesty, and ‘not telling.’ It’s easy to forget, with a few years under your belt, that it’s okay to have a bad day. Or days. Everyone has bad days. Right? When you’ve been sober awhile you learn to give back. And it feels good. After years
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