Articles

3 September 2020

Big Pharma Held Accountable for the Opioid Epidemic?

How Big Pharma Misrepresented the Addictive Nature of Opioids When OxyContin was first released, Purdue Pharma marketed it as a safe prescription drug, with a low risk of addiction, stating that only 1 percent of patients who are prescribed opioids become addicted. Previously, opioids had been used for patients with […]
3 September 2020

Addiction Recovery and Building Better Relationships

Importance of Social Support and Strong Relationships in Addiction Treatment and Recovery Having strong, supportive relationships carries us through the struggles we inevitably experience in our lives. Such social support is an important determinant of health, well-being, and quality of life. This is especially true while going through drug rehab, […]
3 September 2020

The Art of Addiction Recovery

What is Art Therapy? Art therapy is a non-verbal alternative to traditional drug rehab treatments. A trained therapist guides participants, allowing them to express their feelings through art, rather than speech. This mode of therapy allows patients to express their emotions and thoughts through a non-verbal medium. This unique approach […]
3 September 2020

Sober Night, All is Calm, All is Bright

Your guide for staying sober this holiday season The holiday season can be a challenging time to stay sober. With the additional stresses, a packed social schedules, and extra family time, temptations are everywhere. The key to preserving your hard-earned sobriety is planning ahead. Making sure you have a plan […]
3 September 2020

Compassion not Criminalization—Effectively Addressing Addictions

The “War on Drugs” first began as a promising solution to the immense problems with drug use and addiction experienced in North America. This hard-on-crime approach sought to punish not only traffickers and drug dealers, but also those plagued with addiction. Simultaneously, Portugal was facing a drug crisis of their […]
3 September 2020

Rebuilding After Rehab

You’ve worked hard and achieved your sobriety—Congratulations! But now it’s time to leave the safe haven of rehab and get back to real life. Searidge Foundation has an excellent and comprehensive Aftercare program to help you along the way as you get back to your day-to-day routine of work and […]
3 September 2020

(DE)prescribing Opioids

How Prescription Opioids Led to the Opioid Crisis Prescriptions opioids have become the go-to solution for a variety of ills in North American society. From cancer pain to chronic pain, we’ve learned to pop a pill to treat it. Unfortunately, the pills which seemed like a quick fix have had […]
3 September 2020

Kratom: A Promising Treatment or A New Addiction?

What is Kratom? Kratom is a tropical plant grown in Southeast Asia. For centuries, it has been used for pain relief and as a mild stimulant. The leaves of kratom, from the same family as the coffee plant, can be chewed, dried and smoked, or made into tea or capsules. […]
3 September 2020

Addiction, Self-Awareness, and Recovery

What is Self-Awareness? To be self-aware is to be aware of your feelings, motivations, behaviours, thoughts and sensations. For example, it may be understanding your motivations for drug use, instead of remaining in denial about your addiction. Self-awareness may also include an awareness of the triggers which lead to your […]
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