Holidays aren’t always happy times. When TD got into recovery a little over 24 years ago, he started to notice an emotional pattern. “Why do I get so angry at Christmas?” he asked. “I realized the surface stuff. That I had crumby Christmases growing up. But it goes deeper than that.”
Recovery is a process. It looks different for everyone who transitions from active addiction to living free from drugs and alcohol. Each person builds their own way of maintaining a healthy life. For many men in our recovery community, that journey started at 1835 House. Including Recovery Run founder Jim
Early recovery from addiction involves a lot of firsts. In October, the most significant first is getting through Halloween without drinking or using. If this is your first Halloween in recovery (or even if you have successfully navigated a few) it helps to have a plan. Triggers A good plan
Bob started drinking when he was 12 years old. He would never say his addiction came about because he had a difficult childhood, but he did. There was poverty, neglect, and bullying. For a quiet and sensitive person it was a painful childhood that evolved into a difficult adolescence.
It’s hard to believe September is behind us. This year Recovery Month made some significant strides here in Calgary toward raising awareness about the issues facing men, women, and yes, teens too – who battle the disease of addiction. Over the course of the month the Calgary recovery community was
Staying sober during the Calgary Stampede can be a challenge for those of us in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. While there is plenty of Stampede fun that doesn’t involve excess drinking or using, the amplified party culture is always close by. As socializing becomes a major focus, avoiding
Addiction leads to some pretty dark places. I have seen them first hand. For years my life was a never-ending cycle of unhappiness that bordered on unbearable. I was suicidal and close to death a number of times. The first seed of recovery came to me through AA. For a
The disease of addiction is complex. In this in depth interview CJSW FM’s Charmers Almanac host Kate van Fraassen explores the topic and the treatment landscape here in Alberta with addictions expert Dr. John Streukens Ph.D., M.Ed., R.Psych., CRHSP, ICADC, ICCDPD, CCAC RSAS, SAP and CARE (Co-occurring Addiction Recovery Essentials)