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Substance Use

Substance Use Blog Series: Mutual Aid Groups Part II

This is part 2 of our 3-part series describing mutual aid groups for substance use recovery. Last week we went through the most common of these groups, SMART Recovery and 12-step programs. This week we are exploring two more groups accessible from Delta and surrounding areas: The 16-step program and LifeRing. 16 steps The 16…   Read More…

Substance Use Blog Series: Mutual Aid Groups Part 1

Today’s substance use blog post is part 1 of mutual aid groups for substance use recovery, which are also called peer support groups. These groups are usually entirely led by peers or have a strong peer-based element. Attending peer support groups has been found to result in higher rates of recovery than those who do…   Read More…

Substance Use Blog Series: Concurrent Disorders

Today’s Substance Use Blog Series post is about disorders/experiences that can occur at the same time as problematic substance use. This is what concurrent means, which is literally defined as “occurring at the same time” (Mirriam-Webster). Disorders/experiences can co-occur in a variety of ways. They can be active at the same time or different times,…   Read More…

Substance Use Blog Series: Relapse Prevention

Today’s substance use blog post is about relapse prevention. There is no consensus for a definition of “relapse,” but it occurs after you have made a choice to limit a behaviour, in this case substance use. It involves a setback that disrupts the goals you had set previously [1]. Relapse prevention planning involves coming up…   Read More…

Substance Use Blog Series: Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Model of Substance Use and Recovery

Today’s Substance Use blog post is about the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of substance use. This might sound complicated, but bear with us. All this model really stands for is seeing your substance use challenge as the multifaceted thing it is. This model recognizes that there are many influences behind problematic substance use, and likewise, there are…   Read More…

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