The most difficult step when it comes to overcoming substance use is admitting that it is happening. If an individual is using substances whether it is alcohol or drugs, he or she will likely be unable or unmotivated to address the issue unless that person is aware that the behaviour is problematic. After reaching that level of awareness, the next step would be to determine the level of addiction in order to be able to form a general idea of what treatment option may be needed.

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Work can mean many different things to many different people. For some people, work is a place of joy and a symbol of personal growth and achievement. For others, work is something that just needs to be done to earn a living. Despite the numerous perspectives on the personal meaning of work however, one common aspect for a lot of people is work stress. No matter what field people work in, whether it is engineering, retail or counselling, workplace stress is something that everyone experiences at some point in their professional lives. Keep in mind that the intensity and persistence of that stress can vary from person to person.

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Having a baby can bring on several emotions and it is natural for mom and dad to have mood swings. However, these mood swings, or the “baby blues” usually goes away shortly after birth.   If you notice your partner or loved one isn’t feeling better about a month after delivery, then they might have a postpartum…

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How do you react when you are faced with difficult situations? Are you consumed by negative thoughts about yourself? Do you find yourself shrouded by negative self-talk? If you find

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Suicidal Thoughts You may be surprised, but suicidal thoughts are not uncommon. These thoughts can be scary and overwhelming, but there are a number of ways we can cope with suicidal thoughts and steps we can take to keep ourselves safe.  Many people are scared

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Fight or Flight While we have a natural “fight or flight” stress response that can be useful in certain stressful or dangerous situations, the influx of stress hormones can

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Whether it’s your firstborn, your last, or a child somewhere in the middle, watching your kids graduate high school is both inspiring and emotional. You know they’re shedding (albeit probably slowly) the last vestiges of the teen years for the strange in-between period of “young adulthood.” And if they’re leaving home for university or to…

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The time has arrived again when we start planning for the holidays.  Weekends get filled with responsibilities and obligations, that you may or may not be interested in.  The stress is building up, when you are suppose to be having fun.  You may also have the kids to entertain for a couple of weeks.  Who…

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