Wherever you are in your recovery journey, the holidays can be a tough, triggering time, and this year it’s even more complicated by COVID-19. Some of us will be spending the holidays alone, others might be feeling pressured into attending family gatherings. This 2020 Holiday Survival Guide is here to remind you that millions of … 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
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
Crack is considered the most addictive form of cocaine. The side effects and symptoms of addiction, including overdose, psychosis, and violent behaviour, also make it one of the most dangerous. If an addiction to crack is affecting your life, we understand and we can help. Addiction to powerful drugs like crack makes it harder and … Continued
In these unsettling times of isolation and lockdowns due to coronavirus, it’s extra important to protect our mental health. Addiction is a mental health concern, and so part of recovery is being aware and supportive of one’s own mental health. Here are our tips for protecting and supporting your mental health during a coronavirus lockdown.
Staying connected is such an integral part of recovery, which makes the current situation an especially tricky one for people in recovery. To support the recovery community, who has extra pressure to stay safe and sane, here are seven tips for staying connected and protecting your mental health during this time: 1. Pick up your … Continued