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Recovery Capital Conference of Canada – Western Canada and Toronto

Leading the change in care for mental health and addiction, the Recovery Capital Conference of Canada 2018 registrations are now open. International Speakers from around the world will gather in September 2018 to present the cutting edge of addiction treatment, workplace wellness, cannabis, and more…
— Read on recoverycapitalconference.com/

Addiction to Recovery

Your addiction has given you the opportunity to change your life.

Changing your life is what makes recovery both difficult and rewarding. Recovery is difficult because you have to change your life, and all change is difficult, even good change. Recovery is rewarding because you get the chance to change your life. Most people sleepwalk through life. They don’t think about who they are or what they want to be, and then one day they wake up and wonder why they aren’t happy.

If you use this opportunity for change, you’ll look back and think of your addiction as one of the best things that ever happened to you. People in recovery often describe themselves as grateful addicts. Why would someone be grateful to have an addiction? Because their addiction helped them find an inner peace and tranquility that most people crave. Recovery can help you change your life.

Relaxation is not an optional part of recovery. It’s essential to recovery. There are many ways to relax. They range from simple techniques like going for a walk, to more structured techniques like meditation. Meditation is an important part of that mix because the simple techniques don’t always work. If you’re under a lot of stress, you may need something more reliable like meditation. Use any of these techniques, or any combination. But do something everyday to relax, escape, reward yourself, and turn off the chatter in your mind.

Coping Skills

Two important coping skills for recovery are the ability to relax and manage stress, and the ability to change negative thinking.

Meditation and Counselling are now being used regularly in medicine. The evidence is overwhelming that they are effective in treating anxiety , mental health and addiction. When you’re tense you tend to do what’s familiar and wrong instead of what’s new and right. When you’re tense, you’re not open to change.

Cognitive and Behavioral counselling is important because negative thinking is a major cause of anxiety and depression which often underlie addiction. If you can change your thinking, you will improve your life.

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Call today and I will guide you to some effective change strategies

Linda

ICADC Addiction Counsellor

#recovery #intervention #lovefirst

Preparing teens for September?

Addiction way out problem sign. Prevention and cure addiction problem concept.

I wasn’t at all surprised to read the SAMHSA data based on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  The research showed that more teens tried drugs for the first time in June and July than at any other point in the year.  Each day during these months, more than 11,000 teens on average tried alcohol, more than 5,000 tried cigarettes, and more than 4,500 tried marijuana—each day!  Thus far, we are not just focused on these three drugs, but I want to stress that the rates of initiation were highest in the summer for five of the nine drugs studied.  The number of teens who tried inhalants and hallucinogens also spiked during this time of year.  This indicates that June and July are problematic months for experimentation, and not just with alcohol, cigarettes, and pot.

So, what can we do to protect our kids?  Of course, parents are the first line of defense.  Knowing that children are more likely to try drugs during the summer than in any other season, moms and dads should add a healthy amount of structure to their kids’ days.  Don’t just let teens sit in front of the TV all day while you’re at work.  Sign them up for sports teams, arts camps, music lessons, or other activities that will keep them busy.  Also, lock your medicine cabinets.  Prescription drug abuse is now a widespread problem, especially among adolescents, and we have seen kids in treatment for problems with heroin who say they would have never tried it if they hadn’t gotten addicted to prescription painkillers first.  The transition from prescription opiates to heroin can be dangerously quick, often happening over just six months as teens become dependent on expensive painkillers and realize that heroin is much cheaper.

September is getting closer and I am sure you are thinking , How do we get them focused and has the problem become so severe that you don’t know what to do?

Above all, we must remember that drugs—whether alcohol, marijuana, or other substances—are especially harmful to the still developing brain.  We know that if a person has not developed a substance abuse problem by the age of 21, he or she is still susceptible in today’s drug culture.  For this reason, we shouldn’t let it slide when adolescents “test the waters” with drugs.

This summer for me “as an interventionist ” my task has been to educate parents and define strategies to keep them sane through the summer, but also to figure out the help they need in august to get a plan of action in place.

Right now is the time to be addressing expectations and parents need help. Its difficult to shift from summer flexibility to allowing a new family dynamic into responsibility and setting boundaries and guidelines .

Help is here

 

Linda Lane Devlin

 

Clean Sober and Proud started in Metro Vancouver, but it’s setting an example across North America | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly

Last Door Recovery Society alumni decided to reclaim Pride 10 years ago for those who had sworn off drugs and alcohol—and they’ve never looked back.
— Read on www.straight.com/life/1107486/pride-welcomes-sober-fun

CEO takes 22

You here the term ‘it takes a village’?

Well. It does

No matter what Recovery path you choose , it’s usually not in isolation.

Recovery Capital happens when you build on the first day and continue to build a house of tools that stand between you and addiction. Some say ‘the only thing that stands in the way is the ability to choose not to use.’

I say for 22 years today I have built a recovery wall that is brick by brick made of people getting well, having joy ,people grieving together, and supporting each other to have good lives.?People also relapse and that is also a reality and an opportunity to model recovery to spread a message that you don’t half to.

The village is everywhere if you want it and nowhere if you don’t.

I’m grateful I see it , share it and live in it because as a result my grandkids have no idea Grandma was a badass addict that continued to loose her soul and everything in the path.

Destruction is optional

Recovery Capital is possible

Linda

#recoveryispossible

#wedorecover

#interventions