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Recovery in TV and Film

As winter drags on, aren’t we all finding ourselves spending more hours in front of the TV? And while you’re there, have you been noticing all the addiction and recovery storylines? Without revealing any spoilers, the shows This Is Us and Teen Mom are both featuring...

Alumni Perspective: Recovering from Food Addiction

I turned 70 three months ago. Now generally speaking, a woman would never divulge that she would be entering that decade. However, this is the first time in fifty years that I am free, sane, and liberated from the world of dieting, calorie counting, purging, bingeing...

Food Addiction and Recovery: Ending the Food Fight

My problem with food started as far back as I can remember. I learned to hide it when I got disapproving comments from family and others. I always wanted to be alone to eat and I would hide and hoard it. As I got older it only got worse. I couldn’t stop no matter how hard I tried. I would even become angry that I couldn’t keep eating. Each night I would promise myself that tomorrow would be different, but each morning I’d wake up with the obsession still there just as strong as the day before and I’d have to do it all over again. I decided to have Gastric Bypass Surgery but when I lost some weight ahead of time they said I didn’t need the surgery. That upset me and sent me back to the food. I quickly regained everything I’d just lost plus. I went to a support group where I heard about a Pilot Program in Toronto for Food Addicts at Renascent. I called them the very next day.
It was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. It was an adjustment at first but I soon found myself really benefitting from their program of healthy, prepared meals, classes, meetings and counselling sessions. I learned for the first time in my life that I’m not a bad person but that I have a disease. I learned that I’m not like other people. I learned that when I eat my trigger foods, my mind and body undergo actual physical changes that are a chemically induced abnormality or illness. I learned that it is a progressive disease and that it only becomes worse without treatment. I learned that unless I abstain from these trigger foods I cannot recover.

How to Let Go of Resentment

Learning how to let go of resentment can be a real struggle. Many people struggling come into alcohol or drug addiction treatment with some apprehension: What will it be like to live without the drug of choice? What will it be like to attend meetings, participate in...

How to Deal with an Alcoholic Employee

Have you ever asked yourself how to deal with an alcoholic employee? Before reading on, watch this… Despite stereotypes of alcoholics and addicts as being unemployable, alcohol and drug dependence is surprisingly rampant in the workplace. Said to affect an estimated...

Video: You Gotta Have Faith

Whether you're looking for a well-deserved Friday dance break or a tune to remind you to be "a strong man baby" and "wait for something more," here's some George (RIP) to kick off the weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E9pj4U602A

Alumni Perspective: No Recovering Addict is an Island

by Tim (Sullivan) “And then my obsession to drink was lifted.” I’ve been in program for a couple of years now and have heard this said on a number of occasions by different people. I don’t question anyone who says it, but I do know that it hasn’t happened to me, at...