The Step Three Spiritual Principles

Congratulations on being on Step Three! This is a wonderful step that marks the end of thinking and the beginning of serious action. Many say that this step is where they truly found peace and freedom from the obsession of addiction, as they turned the key of willingness in the lock of self-will. That is…

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Alumni Perspective: A deeper understanding

While in treatment, Dr. Tarman, Renascent’s Medical Director, gave us a presentation on the neuroscience behind addiction, which described exactly what I was going through: my addled brain was trying to heal, and it was slow and argumentative. Accepting that this disease polluted my thinking and caused me to dwell on my resentments gave me insight into how the tools of the program work: the slogans, daily meditations, routine step study with a sponsor and clearing away my negative reactive behaviours.

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Perspective: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness in Addiction Recovery

If you know or meet someone who is dually diagnosed and new to recovery, you can be of benefit to them by welcoming them and reminding them what the AA literature states on medications. Look out for them when they are at your meeting. Help them feel safe if you can. Remember that people can sometimes be easily led astray, especially when they are vulnerable due to their mental illness.

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Addiction is a Mental Illness. Treat it That Way.

I will not make it by merely gritting my teeth nor through sheer force of will. I must work to create a life so beautiful that tossing it aside for the illusion of temporary relief is ridiculous and unthinkable. I must remember that sobriety is my natural state, the one in which I came to this planet. It is my birthright; I am not creating sobriety, but returning to it.

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To My Beautiful Brothers and Sisters Who Struggle …

To my beautiful brothers and sisters who struggle …

… recognize that you are a sick person getting well, not a bad person getting good. Our actions may have been poor and our judgement lacking during our drinking days, but no one has the right to make us feel less than. You are finding the path to wellness and recovery – and the joy a life of sobriety brings is beyond measure.

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The Meaning of Renascent and Your Recovery

For a person struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, things can get to the point where life just isn’t working anymore; after all, all the good things and people are either going or gone, and mind-altering substances, with all the suffering and consequences they cause, have taken centre stage. To make matters worse, it can…

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Let’s Really Talk About Addiction

On January 27, Bell Let’s Talk Day, Renascent live-streamed a fireside conversation about the #2 mental health issue facing Canadians — addiction. Moderated by CEO Dr. Patrick Smith, this conversation engaged our counsellors and people with lived experience of addiction and recovery — from personal, family and workplace perspectives. Over 600 people viewed the livestream with more than 2,600 engaging within 19 hours. Watch the stream here or on our Facebook page and add your comments!

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Perspective: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness in Addiction Recovery

If you know or meet someone who is dually diagnosed and new to recovery, you can be of benefit to them by welcoming them and reminding them what the AA literature states on medications. Look out for them when they are at your meeting. Help them feel safe if you can. Remember that people can sometimes be easily led astray, especially when they are vulnerable due to their mental illness.

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