By Jenn F. Before choosing to go to Renascent in November 2019, I was on a steady decline with alcoholism. I had gone through a detox program and knew that if I went back home, I would drink again. I was hesitant at first about going to Renascent’s Graham Munro Treatment Center – an all-female … Continued
“We see addiction itself as the problem, rather than the use of a specific drug” (Narcotics Anonymous World Services, 2014, p. 7). It can be hard to tell if a friend or loved one has a problem with addiction, and even harder to recognize addiction in ourselves. The stigma around drug and alcohol abuse and addiction means that … Continued
Hello, my name is Mallory and I am a recovered drug addict and alcoholic. When I came to Renascent in November of 2019, I was completely hopeless. Through my addiction I had lost my job, my home, my children, and my husband. My husband had been arrested; that was the straw that broke the camel’s … Continued
Addiction is a neurobiological disease (a disease of our nervous system) characterized by an overpowering desire and repeated compulsion to consume a substance or engage in a behaviour despite negative consequences. When we hear the word addiction we usually think of drugs and alcohol, but people can become addicted to processes too. These are known … Continued
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.
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
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
It’s the dream, isn’t it? Being able to work from your couch, not having to get dressed or commute or survive office chit chat over a broken printer? Except now that we’re all living the dream, some of us are discovering that working from home can really mess up your home life, and isn’t always … Continued
Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-step meetings are the type of gathering where illnesses can easily be transmitted, and so here are our tips for steering clear of viruses while staying on track.