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The Right Mindset for Conquering Addiction to Drugs

Posted on :  April 18th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Drug addiction is identical to any other illness or disease in every respect but one: attitude is everything.

As a recovering addict, you owe it to yourself to take your recovery into your own hands and part of that significantly involves accepting that you are the master of your own progress.

“You are in the driving seat and you can make this work“

This doesn’t mean you should go it alone – work to establish a solid support network, but also be aware that the road to recovery is what you make it.

The Wrong Mindset

Many addicts, especially those who are early into their recovery process, may find themselves believing that recovering from addiction is an isolated process, separate from all other aspects of their life.

Indeed, many addicts further down the road will recognize that they are no strangers to denial. Kidding yourself about any aspect of the recovery process, and what exactly it entails is a dangerous game to play and one that can result in relapse.

One common initial attitude that is often observed in recovering addicts is an explicitly-expressed desire to ‘move on’.

While this may seem like a productive, positive desire, it also neglects the realities of recovery, and may leave the sufferer unprepared.

By acknowledging that the power is in your hands, you will be forced to face up to your situation, and begin piecing together the ways to change it for the better.

The Right Mindset

Possessing the right mindset for recovery from drug addiction begins with making yourself as informed as possible about it.

Recovering from addiction demands a lifestyle overhaul – and cannot be overcome on its own, separate to other aspects of your life.

Addiction is never removed from circumstance, so changing these circumstances is a requirement for necessitating the transformation of the addiction into something positive.

As a recovering addict, you must take a look at your life, and with help, the causes that led to your addiction to identify the areas in which your life can be rebuilt from scratch.

This can range from personal relationships, to professional circumstances, to individual hobbies.

One thing’s for sure: it is a big task, but it can be accomplished with adequate support, help in dividing each goal up into smaller sub-goals, and a thorough understanding of the realities of the situation.

In short, the right mindset requires that you are honest, above all, with yourself and do not belittle any aspect of the situation.

If you, or someone you know, needs to take the first step in getting the right mindset for conquering drug addiction treatment, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

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

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Posted on :  April 17th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

“Recovery from addiction, like many other things, starts with one thing: knowledge.”

This includes understanding what led you to addiction, why you went as far as you did with it, and from these answers, how to turn it around.

Getting informed is one of the most important steps in any addict’s recovery process, so here are some of the basics.

What is drug addiction?

At its core, drug addiction is a disease much like any other, in the sense that it can alter the functioning of its primary organ (in this case, the brain) leading to compulsive behaviors and irrational action based on beliefs.

In the case of drug addiction, the fundamental structure of the brain is altered, leading sufferers to seek out and use a substance regardless of its negative physical, emotional or circumstantial effects.

It can also lead to harmful attitudes and behavior.

Why do most people abuse drugs?

There are numerous reasons people begin taking drugs, and you’ve probably reflected on your own a million times, but if any of these sound familiar, it’s probably because they are the most commonly-cited triggers of drug addiction.

  • Pleasure-seeking: Many addictive drugs produce feelings of euphoria or pleasure and can go onto make the user feel relaxed, or content. These feelings are usually what most drug addicts are chasing, rather than the drugs, specifically, themselves.
  • To reduce stress: Similarly, numerous addicts reach for drugs in an attempt to alleviate other, negative feelings in their life. This can include people who suffer with depression or anxiety, and also those who are at a particularly high risk of stress.
  • Self-improvement: This may seem like a strange reason to begin experimenting with drugs, but many addicts feel that drugs enhance the way they naturally are, and pressure to be this way can lead many to continue in their addiction.
  • For the sake of experience: Many people can come at addiction from an experimental angle, having been curious, or influenced to try something by others.

How does addiction develop?

Many people reach addiction because they only observe initial positive outcomes of drug abuse. At this stage, drug use is voluntary, and does not interfere with brain functions, impulses and the rest of a potential addict’s life.

Once addiction has taken hold of a person, however, brain imaging data suggests that areas of the brain governing judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control are altered, resulting in impaired day-to-day functioning and compulsive behaviors.

If you’re interested in learning more about yourself, and your own addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

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

Overcoming Drug Addiction

Posted on :  April 16th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Attempting to overcome drug addiction can often feel like a very hopeless and isolating experience.

You may feel that your goals are insurmountable, or feel hindered by past attempts at sobriety. Recovery is rarely, if ever, a smooth process, and no matter how far from your goals you may feel, hope is never lost.

As long as you continue to strive for sobriety, you are on the right path.

Changing your life

Overcoming drug addiction begins with the desire for change, and the recognition that things cannot continue how they have been. This never comes easily.

Even in full knowledge of the detrimental effects that your drug of choice has been having on your life, it can be difficult to let go of old habits. There is nothing wrong with feeling uncertain.

Changing drug addiction requires change in many aspects of your life, including the ways in which you deal with stress, the people in your life, your hobbies, and how you feel about yourself.


If you’ve decided to make the changes in your life necessary to overcome drug addiction, you have another choice to make: how do you want to overcome it?

There’s no one size fits all model for overcoming drug addiction, so keep the following considerations in mind when picking the best treatment for you:

  • Flexibility is important: As just mentioned, recovery doesn’t follow one path and rarely, if ever, is that path a smooth one. Your treatment plan needs to accommodate this.
  • It should be far-reaching: Addiction is not limited to itself. It affects everything, and a good treatment plan should involve the rest of your life.
  • Aftercare is vital: Recovery from addiction does not just involve being handed a treatment plan and being sent off on your merry way. You need follow-up.
  • You need a support network: Recovery requires the help of others. Make sure your plan involves support workers, sponsors, and loved ones.

Implementing your plan

Overcoming drug addiction demands that you find things in your life to occupy the role that drugs were playing.This means that you must find alternative ways to cope with stress and the negative nuances of daily life.

There are numerous ways to do this, but some or all of the following have been successful time and time again for recovering addicts.

  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Avoiding triggers and cravings
  • Baths
  • Taking on new projects
  • Adopting a pet
  • Look after your health

If you’re looking to change your life and overcome drug addiction and live in the Hamilton, Toronto, Ontario area, then contact Towards Recovery Addiction Center on 519-579-0589.

Tips and Reminders for a Successful Recovery

Posted on :  April 15th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Those who find themselves recovering from addiction can often be tempted to think of themselves as failures, in some fundamental way.

Rather, they should think about it as it is: drug rehab, recovery, anything you’d like to name it. Addiction is a serious illness, and should be treated as such.

Recovery from addiction is much the same as any recovery process – it should be treated with care, respect and undertaken with the knowledge that it is not an overnight process.

Here are some tips and reminders for a successful recovery.

Make time for communication

Recovery of any kind can prove to be a very lonely experience, but recovery from addiction can often be one the most loneliness-inducing kinds of recovery because those suffering can feel responsible for their own situation.

Seek company and share the burden of your recovery with others. You do not need to face it alone, and if you possibly can’t, you shouldn’t.

Be patient

The best way to achieve any long-term goal is by breaking it down into more surmountable short-term goals.

This can mean taking some time out every day to reflect on your progress over that 24 hour period. In short, take it one step at a time.

Switch up your surroundings

Recovery from addiction is often more successful when the addiction is replaced with something positive.

Think of it as a lifestyle change – seek out your recovery as an opportunity to discover new passions, and have new experiences.

Lead a healthier lifestyle

Switching up your diet and making a deliberate effort to exercise can make a world of difference.

Exercise can improve mood, and eating more healthily will improve your physical well being.

Seek support

As someone who is recovering from a serious illness, you need to make sure you have a solid support network around you.

If old friends bring out unpleasant instincts, then find a new group of friends. Your recovery is your priority, so make sure you maintain contact with support groups and professionals to aid in the process.

Be productive

Putting your energy and efforts into something productive can be a great self esteem booster, as well as a great motivator.

There are numerous ways to generate this – consider volunteering, or getting a job, or starting a new creative project.

Keep going!

Think not about how far you have to go, but rather about how far you have come.

If you need some help recovering from addiction, and live in the Hamilton, Toronto, Ontario area, then contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589. We will help you to get back to your best.

How to recognise the signs of Alcoholism

Posted on :  April 14th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The first step for recovering addicts is recognising the problem, after which they’re in a position to seek help in overcoming their addiction.

How, though, do you tell the difference between a dependence that can be beaten on its own, and a debilitating compulsion to drink alcohol?

Either way, seeking help is always a good idea, but it can be useful to recognise the symptoms, if not for yourself, then for others.


The first question you must ask yourself (or, ask yourself of another person) is ‘do I have a high alcohol tolerance?’ If you’re not sure then consider the following:

  • Is my alcohol tolerance higher than that of the people I drink with?
  • Do I require more alcohol than I used to?
  • Can I drink substantially more than my peers without feeling the effects?

If your answers are all ‘yes’, then you may have a considerably higher alcohol tolerance than others. This may not be a problem in and of itself, but it can’t point to future problems if left unexamined.

Easing Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcoholism becomes a major problem when the addiction becomes strictly physical, rather than only psychological. Is there some sense in which you drink to avoid unpleasant physiological symptoms? Do you suffer from alcohol withdrawal symptoms? These include, but are not limited to:

  • Nausea
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Sweating

Other signs

Beyond physical symptoms, and the build up of a high alcohol tolerance, an addiction or dependence on alcohol can manifest itself in other ways.

Watch out for these warning flags:

  • A lack of self-control: Do you attempt to reign in your drinking on a regular basis, and fail to control yourself? For example, if you go out and promise yourself two beers only, will you be able to keep that promise?
  • An inability to curb your drinking: If you’re aware that your drinking may be a problem, but seem to lack the tools to adequately cut down, you may be in danger of suffering from alcohol dependence.
  • Other activities have taken a backseat to make room for alcohol
  • Your social time revolves around drinking: How many social engagements do you attend without alcohol making an appearance? How much of your time do you spend thinking about or recovering from alcohol use?
  • You drink despite being aware of the negative effects: If you recognise that alcohol could be making other aspects of your life that bit worse, but remain incapable of stopping yourself from using it, you could be suffering from alcohol addiction.

If these signs and symptoms look familiar, then you may have alcohol dependence. Don’t hesitate to contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 if you live in Hamilton or the surrounding area.

Tips for an Effective Recovery from Drug Addiction

Posted on :  April 13th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from drug addiction is not simply a matter of establishing an isolated change within your lifestyle; it requires a full-scale lifestyle overhaul.

This can often feel like an insurmountable obstacle in and of itself, which is why it’s so important to divide it up into individual, bite-sized changes that can be implemented one by one.

Here are few of those changes you can make to aid your effective recovery from drug addiction.

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

As a recovering drug addict who, in some way, recognizes the need for change, you may at first feel very alone.

There are numerous reasons for this, among them shame, fear, denial, and myriad others, but asking for help is one of the most effective means of guaranteeing a successful recovery.

Speak to family, friends, or seek help from professionals. Drug rehab is a journey you needn’t travel alone.

You Must Be Committed To the Addiction Treatment Program

Recognize that recovery cannot be fixed by committing to only one aspect of addiction treatment program.

It can be tempting to view drug addiction in one of two ways – either as a physical dependency or as a psychological reliance.

In fact, drug addiction is a complicated beast, and comprises large elements of both. Both detox programs and the counselling that comes with addiction treatment programs form vital facilitators in the recovery process.

Both are necessary, and are designed to complement one another.

Be Part of the Community

Group therapies, or any other opportunity for connecting with others going through similar struggles should be made the most of.

Not only will it target the isolation you are likely to feel from time to time, it can also provoke genuine inspiration and help you realise that other people are recovering from drug addiction too.

Don’t Let Relapse Be the Be All And End All

Relapse is not unusual for those recovering from drug addiction. Don’t be too hard on yourself – remember that you’re changing your life, which is no mean feat.

It doesn’t make you a failure if you slip back into old habits. Instead, get back into recovery mode, and move on.

Don’t Self-sabotage

It isn’t uncommon to experience feelings of defiance about your own recovery. Don’t let these feelings be any more than they are: feelings.

Trust and listen to your counsellors, and don’t indulge the rebellion.

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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.

How to have More Fun in Addiction Treatment Program

Posted on :  April 12th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

There are several reasons that recovery from alcohol or drug addiction is best thought of as recovery from an illness.

Among them is that it is a process in which opportunities for fun can seem a little scarce, but laughter can be the best medicine, especially when you’re looking for new behaviors that can replace older ones which, in some way, brought you pleasure.

Here are 5 ways to have more fun in your addiction treatment:

Start Swimming

Though all physical activity offers a great way to give yourself a natural, healthy high, swimming is proven to be incredibly therapeutic.

What’s more, it’s easy to get into, and keep up regularly, and won’t break the bank.

Learn Something

Starting a new project, finding a new hobby, or learning something new are all great ways to have fun and the recovery process is a great time to try one of them.

Not only will you have fun finding a new passion, you’ll also feel a real sense of accomplishment.

It’s really important to add things to your life that couldn’t have existed were you not to change your old behaviors, because they will make it easier for you to look at your situation now versus your situation then and feel reassured that you are making the right decision.

Join a Class

Joining a class or a workshop can have similar benefits to learning something new, but there’s one added element that can make it that bit more effective: social interaction.

Connecting with people who share your interests can target the isolation many recovering drug addicts feel, and can also make the activity you’re learning about that bit more fun at the same time.

Don’t give up thrill-seeking

Recovering from drug addiction and giving up older methods of thrill-seeking does not mean you need to relinquish your identity as a thrill-seeker altogether.

There are numerous ways to get an adrenaline rush without resorting to alcohol or drugs.

Plenty of outdoor pursuits are great for this, including kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, skiing or, if you’re feeling really brave, sky-diving and bungee jumping.

Spend time with love ones

Many addicts find that isolating themselves can facilitate the addiction itself, so it’s important to spend time with friends and family, who can help break the chains of addiction.

You needn’t overcomplicate it: going to the cinema, making dinner together, engaging in new activities as a family and taking walks together can all help define this new stage in your life.

If you’re looking to start an addiction treatment program 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.

7 Helpful Tips for Drug Addiction Recovery

Posted on :  April 11th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from drug addiction is no easy process, and many addicts find that seeking tried-and-tested tips can be a great way to keep themselves on the right path, so in that spirit, here are seven tips to keep you on track throughout your addiction treatment:

Tips #1 – Stick with counselling

Taking things one step at a time does not necessarily mean dropping aspects of your treatment when you feel as though they’ve done their magic in curing that area of your addictive behavior.

In fact, figures suggest that the longer you stick with all aspects of your treatment, the better your chances of beating addiction are.

This is especially true with counselling, which aims to provide you with tools that you can carry and make use of throughout the rest of your life.

Tips #2 – Be patient

Addiction treatment is a lengthy process, so treat it with the respect it deserves. There is no ‘ideal recovery time’; everyone is different, and it takes as long as it takes.

Remember this every time you feel frustrated.

Tips #3 – Take it one step at a time

Just as it is important to remain patient, it’s also important to divide your addiction treatment time into day-to-day chunks.

Think of every day as its own little goal, and your seemingly insurmountable destination will become a very manageable set of mini-destinations.

Tips #4 – Inform your family

It can be tempting to go addiction treatment alone, but as tempting as it is, it’s not necessary.

Tell your family and friends and you may find that doing so will open up a support network you never knew you had, or deserved.

Tips #5 – Replace old behaviors with new ones

Recovering from drug addiction is not a matter of changing one aspect of your life and otherwise dropping back into your old lifestyle with the addiction missing.

Rather, it is a process that requires and indeed, demands, the transformation of a substantial set of old behaviors.

It’s important to anticipate this, and provide yourself with new ones in order to take the place of old ones.

Tips #6 – Do things

When you’re transforming your life and the behaviors that used to plague it, sitting around doing nothing is like tempting those behaviors to return to you.

Start a new hobby and welcome the new into your life. It can help to participate in new activities with others.

Tips #7 – Giving up is not an option

As a recovering addict, it is important that you do not even entertain the possibility of giving up on your recovery – you owe it to yourself, and giving up should not even be an option available to you.

If you tell yourself this every day, soon enough, it will be the case.

If you’re ready to take the first step in changing your life for the better, and live in 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.

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.

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