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  • Lindsey’s Story: A Journey Toward Good Mental Health

    By Lindsey Storey, Renascent Alumni I was in extreme active addiction when I first went into treatment. I’d been using heroin and fentanyl heavily for almost 10 years and it was only when I was in treatment that I realized how much self-work I would have to do to stay clean. My dad died suddenly … Continued

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    The Neurobiology of Addiction – Part Two: Relapse, Abstinence, and Treatment

    This article is the second in a two-part medical series explaining the underlying biology and brain science of addiction. Portions of this series are excerpted and adapted from the upcoming book Hope Against Hope, authored by Renascent’s Clinical Director, Michael Lochran and consulting Psychotherapist, Laura Cavanagh. Hope Against Hope’s anticipated release is in 2021. Addiction is … Continued

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    The Neurobiology of Addiction – Part One: The Importance of Alcohol- and Drug-Free Recovery

    This article is the first in a two-part medical series explaining the underlying biology and brain science of addiction. Portions of this series are excerpted and adapted from the upcoming book Hope Against Hope, authored by Renascent’s Clinical Director, Michael Lochran and consulting Psychotherapist, Laura Cavanagh. Hope Against Hope’s anticipated release is in 2021. “You don’t … Continued

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    Six Ways to Safeguard Your Mental Health

    Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. In fact, in order to be truly healthy, a person should prioritize their physical, spiritual, mental and social health. Dave McWilliams is an addictions counsellor at Renascent and is the organization’s Program Coordinator for Tobacco Cessation. Having been … Continued

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    Alumni Perspective: Step Four

    Ashleigh H. I was asked to write about my step four experience. I’m sitting on a train as I reflect on this entire process, these past few months, and what surrendering to this program has done for me. My name is Ashleigh, I am 26 years old, and today I can honestly say I am … Continued

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    Alumni Perspective: Using my Journey to Help Other Women Find Theirs

    It has not been an easy road getting here. After many attempts at staying sober, losing everything I ever cared about and loved, including my children and my marriage, I finally gained enough of what I now know is humility to work an honest program of recovery. I needed the humility to throw away my old ways of thinking and commit to keeping an open mind while working through the 12 steps. I came back to AA after an 8-year relapse, broken and hating myself. With this commitment I learned about my old coping skills and the “nature” of my wrongs and how they were truly blocking me from any spiritual relationship.

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