While we’re all following the guidance from public health officials and staying home this Thanksgiving weekend, it’s time to find creative ways to share gratitude and stay connected. Not being able to gather with other households is an opportunity to create some new Thanksgiving traditions that let us share gratitude with loved ones while keeping … Continued
I attempted outpatient counselling and therapy before checking myself into my first treatment centre in 2008. I had a wonderful experience, met incredible people, and still have fond memories and connections. After a very short time back at home (72 hours), I relapsed, and remained in active addiction until my second treatment stay in 2009.
If you have a spare moment today, use it to create a self-care action plan based on your needs and desires. Too often, self-care gets described as a face mask and a glass of wine. The truth is, self-care is the combination of healthy activities you can do to reduce your stress, improve your mood, … Continued
This coming July 24th is International Self-Care Day, making this the perfect time to check in on your own self-care and assess if there is room for improvement. Too often, self-care gets described as a face mask and a glass of wine. The truth is, self-care is the combination of healthy activities you can do … Continued
Transforming unhelpful ways of living is different for everyone. For one person, a commitment to not work so many hours a week may be the key to restoring harmony in his life and relationships. For another, the answer may lie in her reducing the inordinate amount of time wasted texting, tweeting or Facebook surfing instead of engaging in authentic face-to-face interactions. If we can begin by allocating even 5-10 minutes a day to fuel our mind with a healthier stillness diet, it will do wonders in no time – not only in how we feel, but in how our brain gets rewired … and our priorities too.
I will be honest, when I first heard that the government was starting to close down businesses, I was a little panicked about what would happen to Renascent. I was somewhat relieved when I found out that we were a part of the essential services that would remain open, but a little fearful of what … Continued
I look at the pre-treatment stabilization centre as a place for clients to recognize their abilities to address their substance use despite the extreme external changes. It provides hope for clients that sobriety can be maintained through crisis. When the effects of this pandemic became more apparent, it created a lot of tension, concern, confusion, … Continued
“Coronavirus can stir up all sorts of feelings, like fear, anxiety or stress. A little stress can be helpful. It can be the motivator that keeps us self-isolating or washing our hands. But constant or high levels of stress can negatively affect our mental and physical health. Taking care of the mind is always important, … Continued
The recovery community, in my experience, can be a welcoming and tolerant place, as prescribed by our principles and traditions — ” the only requirement for membership is a desire…” — with a focus on our similarities rather than our differences. My quintessential moment in recovery (the moment the light went on) came while listening … Continued
As the events of the last weeks in Georgia, Minnesota, Louisville, and Toronto and the protests now happening worldwide have brought the issue of anti-Black racism and oppression to the public attention, the Renascent Diversity Committee and Senior Leadership have been discussing the impact on our communities. Personally, our hearts go out to the family … Continued