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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....

Understanding Responsibility

We don't make personal Changes in a Vacuum. The Human being is a Social creature. We Have Families, we have Significant Others, and we have Friends, Colleagues, and Acquaintances. Once we have initiated and begun to make changes in ourselves it will have effect on the "others" in...

Crime and Addiction

60 to 80% of all crime in Canada is Drug or Alcohol related; the overall crime rate in Canada is at a 30 year low but the overall crime rate that is alcohol or drug related is at a 30 year high...