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5 Tips for Managing Triggers During Recovery

Posted on :  April 10th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from addiction is a long and difficult process, much like recovering from any disease. One of the toughest aspects of recovery is anticipating the opportunities for temptation.

People will always feel stronger and more resilient on some occasions than on others, and managing your triggers during the latter kind is an absolutely key part of the recovery process.

Here are five tips for managing triggers during addiction treatment.

Isolate your personal triggers

Naturally, there are some universal situations under which many recovering addicts feel most triggered to fall off the wagon, but not all addicts are the same, and you are the best authority on the situations under which you are likely to feel tempted.

Identify these personal situations so that, if you have no choice but to go near them, you can do so in a prepared and informed way.

Denial is not your friend

Triggers are to be expected. Do not allow yourself to think that they may not affect you, or are not a real risk to your progress.

You must know, within yourself, that you are going to have to confront them at some point during your recovery, so don’t go in blind.

Be aware also that some triggers may reveal themselves at any time. You cannot anticipate all of them, so stay aware at all costs.

Rehearse your trigger tactics

Deeply ingraining a trigger plan into yourself can be a great way to autopilot yourself into a safe situation next time a triggering situation strikes.

Have a set plan of action in place, and be sure to rehearse it every day, even if you have to do so in the mirror. You need to know it backwards.

Lead a healthy lifestyle

Recovering addicts are much more likely to respond appropriately to triggers when they are well rested, nourished, and generally leading a healthy lifestyle and taking care of themselves properly.

Beyond the physical side of things, you also have an obligation to yourself to keep yourself as happy and emotionally balanced as possible.

Avoid stress where possible, and be sure to keep in contact with loved ones when you feel a little sensitive.

Don’t walk knowingly into a triggering situation

Recovering from addiction is a test in and of itself. Do not get overly ambitious and try to test yourself by walking yourself straight into triggering circumstances.

There is no need, and what’s more, triggers can generate further triggers.

If you need further help for managing triggers during recovery from addiction, and live in the Hamilton area, then contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589.


12 Ways to Beat Addiction

Posted on :  April 9th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Beating addiction requires a number of qualities, among them dedication, companionship, and stamina – but ultimately, a strong will and desire to do it is the first and most powerful step.

Everyone in the process of beating addiction will be different, and have their own ways of coping, and need support in various ways, but here are 12 ways to beat addiction and not let it back into your life.

#1 – Don’t do it alone

Don’t underestimate the power of strength in numbers.

Sometimes you need someone to keep you on the wagon; sometimes you need someone to lend an ear; and sometimes you need someone to simply understand.

Hardwire the numbers of these people in your brain, and remind yourself every day that they’re there and that things will improve.

#2 – Read

Carefully placed pamphlets, books and other distracting reading materials near spots with negative associations can keep you strong when you’re feeling tempted.

#3 – Create a boss

People often perform better relative to their goals when they have someone to answer to.

#4 – Anticipate temptation

Think about your old habits – when were you most tempted to give in to addiction? Try to switch up your old habits, and if you have to go into them, go in prepared.

#5 – Create distractions

Quick fire hobbies can be a great way to take your mind off the temptation to give in.

Crossword puzzles, a smartphone game, anything, so long as it can be picked up immediately until the desire fades, can be used to cool yourself down.

#6 – Exercise

Exercise fuels the pleasure centers in the brain, much like addiction can.

By replacing your addiction with exercise, you’ll be improving your mood, and your reward centers will feel fulfilled. Win-win.

#7 – Take up something new

Beating addiction signals a real change in your life, and a great way to facilitate this change is by starting a new project.

#8 – Keep a journal

Writing is a therapeutic exercise in and of itself, but doing so in a way that forces you to reflect on your feelings and patterns of behaviour will give you remarkable insight into the way you rationalize certain habits.

#9 – Help others

Just as you need support, others do too. Helping others in similar positions to yourself can offer a great means of support for you, as unintuitive as it may sound.

#10 – Carry a totem

Something simple and comforting can offer a great optimistic reminder. Make it something you can carry around with you at all times as a symbol of your journey.

#11 – Be honest with yourself

You have to want to beat addiction in order to beat it, so reflect regularly on your commitment, and you may find that your own reflections are the catalyst that spur you onward.

#12 – Be kind to yourself

As long as you’re not going backwards, you are getting somewhere.

Beating addiction is a lengthy process, so if you feel like you need some help in the Hamilton area, then contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589.


Changing Your Self-Destructive Behaviors

Posted on :  April 8th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

It’s true what they say: addiction treatment is a journey, not a destination, and as you make your way through this journey in the battle to change self-destructive behaviors, you’re likely to find yourself reaching several milestones along the way.

These milestones are often referred to as ‘states of change’ and were first identified by Prochaska and DiClemente in 1982.

Since then, millions of recovering addicts worldwide have recognized the milestones of their own personal journeys in their work.

By knowing what each stage consists of, and being able to locate yourself along the journey, you will be better equipped to make use of specific strategies designed to combat your particular stage.

Here’s how to target each stage:

Stage #1 – Precontemplation

The first stage within the recovery process is known as the ‘precontemplation’ stage.

This means that, as an addict, you are not yet ready to acknowledge that your behaviors are destructive and are in denial about your own habits and the effects they may be having on your life.

At this stage, it is important to research your behaviors – seeing them through the eyes of a bystander can be an illuminating experience, and give you real insight into how they are affecting you and those around you.

Talk to a therapist, a doctor, or perhaps even a friend or family member to get some external perspective.

Stage #2 – Contemplation

If you’ve reached the contemplation stage, you are no longer in denial, but are still undecided about whether your self-destructive behaviors are worth continuing or not.

This often involves weighing up the benefits and drawbacks of maintaining them versus dropping them.

At this stage, you should talk to a psychologist, who will provide you with the tools to come to a decision that suits you without leading you there directly.

Stage #3 – Preparation

The preparation stage is the milestone at which you decide to take action to change your self-destructive behaviors.

At this stage, you should research all treatment options available to you by identifying which causes have led to the behaviors, and thus, which treatment programs or support groups are aimed at targeting those particular causes.

Stage #4 – Action

At this stage, you are changing your self-destructive behaviors one at a time, so it is important to make sure you have some semblance of a support network.

A support network will be able to offer encouragement for full engagement with the treatment program you have chosen, to necessitate real change.

Stage #5 – Maintenance

The maintenance stage involves taking the new behaviors you learnt during the action stage, and giving them firm foundations in your life, as they may not yet be established.

They need to be reinforced, so it’s important to make the most of your support network – and not run before you can walk.

At this stage, many recovering addicts find it tempting to view themselves as past the point of no return. This is not the case.

Your new behaviors are still young ones, and you need to nurture them in order to give them a fighting chance to survive throughout this stage.

Stage #6 – Termination

The final stage of the recovery process – termination – manifests when your new behaviors have taken the place of your old self-destructive ones. At this stage, you no longer have a problem.

If you’d like to get started, and live in Toronto or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, contact us at http://www.towardsrecovery.com/contactcareers/.

Or you can call us on 905-527-2042 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your program.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.


5 Reasons Why Drug Rehab will Change your Life

Posted on :  April 7th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

For many recovering drug addicts, picturing the ways in which certain aspects of treatment can change their lives can act as a positive motivator for recovery.

This is partly because many addicts have found themselves in a pattern of behavior that feels, in some way, ingrained and difficult to change.

By gaining some insight into their pattern, their habits will change as their recovery progresses.

It will enable them to cut the problem down to size, and partly because it offers a positive incentive to keep going.

Here are 5 reasons why drug rehab will change your life:

Reason #1 – Your desire to abuse drugs will diminish

Recovering addicts who undergo detox often find that the complete elimination of the physiological effects of drugs can eliminate a substantial portion of the desire to abuse them.

This isn’t so much because the psychological impulse has been removed, but more because physical dependency can cloud your judgement, and with that, your priorities can be askew.

Once you have some clarity about the situation, you will be in a position to make rational decisions about where your priorities lie.

Reason #2 – You will be able to socialize sober

Social interaction is often a motivating factor for drug abuse within the addict community.

However, group therapy will enable you to train yourself to be comfortable with social interaction as yourself, minus the influence of intoxicants.

Reason #3 – Your mood will improve

Addiction is not an isolated beast – it can cause all manner of knock-on effects, especially where your happiness and well-being are concerned.

Withdrawal can cause intense mood swings and depression, while the circumstantial effects of addiction can leave you feeling unhappy about your lifestyle and situation.

Drug rehab can provide you with stability, and remove the shame that comes with addiction, leaving you feeling happier on a day to day basis.

Reason #4 – You will feel better about yourself

Recovering from drug addiction is not an easy path, and the sense of achievement that comes with sticking with it is a reward in and of itself.

Reason #5 – You will become more self-aware and reflective

Counselling during rehab is designed to give you the tools to access your own thoughts.

These tools will also provide you with the means to understand yourself and your needs meaning that, rather than turning to intoxicants to address your thoughts, you will make progress towards actually dealing with them and finding real solutions.

If you think rehab could change your life for the better, and live in Toronto or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, contact Towards Recovery on 905-527-2042 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.


TRC announces new Kitchener clinic opening in August 2013

Posted on :  June 19th, 2013  |  By :  towardsrecovery

TOWARDS RECOVERY CLINICS (“TRC”)

Patient Care.  Community Fit.

Offering an integrated approach to opioid dependence through comprehensive treatment

CLINIC OPENING – LATE AUGUST 2013

Located at 1145 King Street, East, Kitchener

TRC Kitchener clinic is our 4th Ontario community location in our 10 year history of delivering comprehensive service delivery to individuals who suffer from opioid dependence and related health issues.

Our philosophy is straightforward:  To help individuals take control of their opioid addiction and to help them rebuild their lives – family, friends, work and community.

Our approach is dynamic:  Comprehensive assessment is fundamental and leads to a personalized treatment program that incorporates, pharmacological, psychological, and lifestyle support – including working closely with other community agencies.

EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS:

Dr. C. Peter Potter, B.A., MD – staff physician.  Dr. Potter has more than 8 years in methadone treatment and counselling.

Anne Matsumoto O’Brien, B.Sc. (Phm), R.Ph. – TRC Senior Pharmacist with more than 10 years’ experience in methadone pharmacy environments.

HOURS OF OPERATION – at the outset

The Clinic and pharmacy will be open 6 days per week, Monday through Saturday – by appointment.  The Pharmacy will also open Sunday mornings.

A physician will be “in – clinic” on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For further information about our organization our website address is:  www.towardsrecovery.com. OR,

If you would like to meet to discuss our approach in greater depth, or if you are considering patient referral please give us a call.

Clinic after August 20th

Pharmacy after August 20th

Telephone:   519-579-0589

Telephone:  519-579-9647

Fax:  519-579-6573

Fax:  519-579-0798

We look forward to serving the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding communities.




Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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