Addictions

 

This picture shows a man with an addiction problem with prescription drugs, and this is an ever growing problem in NL as well as the rest of Canada. However addictions counselling is availble, not only for substances like drugs or alcohol, but also for behaviors like gambling, internet,and/or sex addiction etc.

Prescription drug abuse is an ever growing problem in NL as well as the rest of Canada. Addictions counselling is available, not only for substances like drugs or alcohol, but also for behaviors like gambling, internet,and/or sex addiction etc.

Everyone knows of someone or has first hand experience with Addictions.

Since the 1930’s, with the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and the advent of the wisdom that “addiction is a life & death disease”, addictions treatment has evolved and become more accepted and available than previous. Help is more available but, without question, much more resources are required to meet the need.

Aspens & Oaks is very passionate about helping people overcome the effects of addiction. We have completed a considerable body of research which has lead to the installation and the funding of residential treatment programs in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Our research has shown us that:

  • Addiction can be substance related (like alcohol or other drugs/substances) or behavioral (like gambling or internet etc.).
  • Addiction is very debilitating, not only for the addict but for the loved ones who are confused and tested to the breaking point from trying to get their son/daughter/spouse to change their behavior.
  • Addiction is also, most often accompanied by concurrent disorders (that the addict has an additional mental health issue(s) such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or PTSD (Post traumatic Stress Disorder) etc.
  • Concurrent disorders exacerbate the addiction and seriously impede an addict from finding recovery or engaging it fully once they find help.
  • Dealing with addiction may sound complicated, we believe that “one day at a time” is the key to success, and embracing progress rather than quick fixes.
  • 12 step programs, like AA & NA. etc, provide incalculable support in the community; however, research shows that addictions counselling and more intensive residential treatment greatly increase the odds of long term recovery.

We are here to help people find recovery and stay in recovery. You can call our intake specialist to discuss the expertise we have available at 709 754 2068 or via our Service Inquiry Form.

There are many resources in NL to help addicts, in particular 12 step programs like AA, NA etc., which hold regular meetings and usually have a phone line and post their meetings for those seeking help. Additionally, we have a Resources section on our website with Book Lists and Links to websites that pertain to addictions and the accompanying concurrent problems.