When it comes to addiction, do you ever ask “why”?

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Questions surrounding addiction continue to be at the centre of the media and headlines lately, asking things like: should we change policy to prevent addiction? Should gaming be a mental health disorder? How does the opioid epidemic Read the rest

In lieu of New Year’s resolutions…

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As we bid farewell to 2017, many of us will start to craft our New Year’s resolutions; but have you ever noticed that resolutions seem to point out all the things that are wrong about ourselves? Resolutions often take shape … Read the rest

How to quiet trauma triggers and stressors during the holidays

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Post-trauma, other people (and even ourselves) may sometimes have unrealistic expectations of how long that trauma will continue to resurface. With additional social invitations and an influx of people around, the holidays can be particularly difficult for those of us … Read the rest

How to set boundaries during the holidays

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The holidays are a time for gratitude, traditions and togetherness, but without boundaries, this time of year can be emotionally draining and stressful for some.

A boundary refers to a limit, but when we speak about boundaries in psychological terms, we … Read the rest

What it means to hold space for someone

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Sharing your story is an important part of the healing process, and we feel comfortable sharing when we feel safety that the person listening is present and receiving the information well. When we feel vulnerable enough to share, we are looking … Read the rest

Addiction: Finding the cause is finding the answer

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Addiction comes in many forms: drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling—anything can be a vice to someone who is hurting. This week is National Addiction Awareness Week in Canada, and it’s time to change the narrative surrounding addiction. Instead of discussing how to … Read the rest

Coping with the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy

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The world has watched in shock and sadness this week, as the trauma of the Las Vegas mass shooting continues to have ripple effects of grief across the globe.

This horrific event was the largest mass shooting in US history, with … Read the rest

CWAR Chat: When we replace one addiction with another

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In case you missed it, yesterday we hosted an amazing discussion and Twitter chat, where Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury joined people across the globe in a conversation about replacing one addiction with another.

If you happened to miss out this time, here’s … Read the rest