An addiction can be characterized as any impulse control disorder, where a person either spends an abnormal number of hours doing a particular activity, such as video game addiction, or cannot control their consumption of a certain substance, such as alcohol, drugs, or food. In all cases, the impulse to consume the substance, or partake in the activity gets to the point where it impacts daily life, having negative health or social consequences, as well as affecting work, school, family and/or relationships. Any unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop the activity or use of the substance could signal a problem. We are here to help. If you aren’t sure if your use of any substance has turned into abuse, or if you have questions or concerns about a friend or family member’s addiction to a certain activity, take a look through the resources listed below.

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The Addiction Solution

Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs

A groundbreaking examination of addiction from a psychiatrist and public health doctor, offering practical, proven solutions for individuals, families, and communities dealing with substance use and abuse. Written with warmth, accessibility, and vast authority, The Addiction Solution is a practical guide through the world of drug use and abuse and addiction treatment. Here, Lloyd I. Sederer, MD, brings together scientific and clinical knowledge, policy suggestions, and case studies to describe our current drug crisis and establish a clear path forward to recovery and health. In a time when so many people are affected by the addiction epidemic, when 142 people die of overdoses every day in the United States, principally from opioids, Sederer’s decades of wisdom and clinical experience are needed more than ever before. With a timely focus on opioids, Sederer takes us through the proven essentials of addiction treatment and explains why so many of our current policies, like the lingering remnants of the War on Drugs, fail to help drug users, their families, and their wider communities. He identifies a key insight, often overlooked in popular and professional writing about addiction and its treatment: namely, that people who use drugs do so to meet specific needs, and that drugs may be the best solution those people currently have. Writing with generosity and empathy about the many Americans who use illicit and prescribed substances, Sederer lays out specific, evidence-based, researched solutions to the prevention and problems of drug use, including exercise, medications, therapy, recovery programs, and community services. In this challenging time, The Addiction Solution provides practical help, comfort, and hope.

The Other Book Addiction

A Thinking Disease

Challenges the Brain Disease Model of Addiction in favor of a thinking disorder which is treatable. Offers an alternate explanation to the genetic/biological disease to a thinking disorder caused by the neural dysregulation from early traumas which activate the fight or flight syndrome in the case of physical threats or learned helplessness from caregivers or other significant persons who are apathetic, exhibit their own comorbid disorders: anxiety, depressed, have PTSD, personality disorders are violent, physically or sexually abusive, impoverished, bullied etc. This does not suggest all of this is done by parents as many traumas are perpetrated when children are out of their parents purview. Argues that maladaptive behavior is meaningful to the person exhibiting it despite the others find it counterintuitive.

On the Other Side of Chaos

Understanding the Addiction of a Loved One

Based in part on her own family's journey, Ellen Van Vechten explains the science of addiction, the theory of treatment, and the twelve-step model of recovery, providing sensible information and tips for reasoned action in support of a loved one while fostering personal growth and recovery. Powerlessness over another's addiction has a caustic effect on the family. Too often parents and partners equate "letting go" with "giving up." While acceptance of a lack of control is essential to coping with the disease within the family system, there is nothing passive about supporting a partner or child in their journey to recovery. This concept is the foundation of Van Vechten's original approach to empower individuals with knowledge, which when coupled with acceptance allows any family dealing with active addiction to make thoughtful and reasoned decisions to facilitate the recovery of both their loved ones and themselves.

Addiction Proof Your Child

A Realistic Approach to Preventing Drug, Alcohol, and Other Dependencies

Offers an effective if unorthodox approach designed to help parents take aim at the problem of addiction by explaining how to impart the fundamental skills and values that will protect youngsters and keep experimentation from turning into a more dangerous dependency.

Being a Drug Addict

Other Secrets of Life

James Craig, M.D., had a thriving medical practice, a loving family, and a house becoming of his profession. And with all of this, it was not meant to last. At least not without change. A closer look revealed a body of lies and deceptions so engrained that he had nowhere to look but up as federal agents finally confronted Dr. Craig about false patients receiving controlled narcotics. Dr. Craig leads readers through the tumultuous upbringing that set a pattern for addiction, and then finally through the knowledge and understanding he discovered that broke the chains of his past. James shows readers how to overcome the past and how to be rid of projections for the future that needlessly destroy them today. By revealing overlooked workings of the human psyche, he shows you how to live in the present. For James Craig it was Being a Drug Addict, but the lessons he has learned will help anyone struggling with addiction. Dr. Craig dares everyone to try the changes outlined in this book. There is nothing to lose but some hopelessness, misery, and pain. James C. Craig, M.D. is a physician in private practice in Ellijay, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Leslie, and son, Anderson. He received his undergraduate training at Emory University and medical school training at The Medical College of Georgia.

Adolescent Addiction

Epidemiology, Assessment, and Treatment

Adolescent Addiction: Epidemiology, Assessment, and Treatment presents a comprehensive review of information on adolescent addiction, including prevalence and co-morbidity rates, risk factors to addiction, and prevention and treatment strategies. Unlike other books that may focus on one specific addiction, this book covers a wide range of addictions in adolescents, including alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, eating, gambling, internet and video games, and sex addiction. Organized into three sections, the book begins with the classification and assessment of adolescent addiction. Section two has one chapter each on the aforementioned addictions, discussing for each the definition, epidemiology, risk factors, co-morbidity, course and outcome, and prevention and intervention. Section three discusses the assessment and treatment of co-morbid conditions in greater detail as well as the social and political implications of adolescent addictions. Intended to be of practical use to clinicians treating adolescent addiction, the book contains a wealth of information that will be of use to the researcher as well. Contributors to the book represent the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. About the Editor: Cecilia A. Essau is professor of developmental psychopathology at Roehampton University in London, UK. Specializing in child and adolescent psychopathology, she has been an author or editor of 12 previous books in child psychopathology and is author of over 100 research articles and book chapters in this area. Comprehensive with the state-of-the-art information on important and the most common adolescent addiction Easy to understand and organized chapters Written by international experts

Breaking Addiction

A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction

“Dr. Dodes’s approach runs directly counter to the paralyzing, but standard, message of ‘powerlessness’—a mes­sage that reinforces the sense of helplessness that is at the root of addicts’ life predicaments! Many psychiatrists recognize that this is where we must head, but Dr. Dodes is one with the guts to shine a beacon in the right direction.” —Stanton Peele, PhD, author of 7 Tools to Beat Addiction and The Life Process Program of Treatment The follow-up to his groundbreaking volume The Heart of Addiction, Dr. Lance Dodes’s Breaking Addiction is a step-by-step guide to beating addiction of any kind—from drugs and gambling to alcoholism, overeating, and sex addiction. By recognizing and understanding the emotional forces underlying addictive behaviors, Dr. Dodes says any dangerous, life-destroying obsession can be overcome. Including special bonus sections for both families and health-care professionals, Breaking Addiction is the new handbook for those suffering from addiction—a valuable resource that addresses addiction’s root causes and serves as an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and similar recovery programs.

Out of the Rabbit Hole: Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

There is an epidemic in this country that is wiping out our youth. Drug addiction and mental illness affect youth from every socioeconomic section of society. The dangers of drug use are not limited to overdose. Club drug use has greatly increased the incidence of HIV in the heterosexual adolescent population from unprotected sex. Similarly, suicide is also related to substance abuse and is one of the leading causes of death in adolescent males who suffer from co-occurring disorders. Evidence-based treatment is currently the recommended treatment for individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders, also referred to as co-occurring disorders. Despite this, there are few providers willing to truly work with adolescents who have co-occurring disorders, and all too often, many adolescents fall through the cracks in our health care system. This book examines addiction and psychological theories and their application to the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Basic biological and social factors involved with addiction are also reviewed in a manner to increase understanding of how an integrated system of care should work. Information presented herein is intended to increase understanding of co-occurring disorders for the general public, law enforcement, therapists, counselors, and all health care providers, to better their understanding and ability to reach out to help adolescents with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Integrated treatment involves coordination between drug counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists. This book serves as the foundation for a treatment program designed for young people from low- to middle-income families, many of whom, due to financial limitations, have been effectively excluded from receiving valuable treatment for their co-occurring disorders. Above all else, the thoughts contained in this book are written as an outreach to the very individuals who suffer from co-occurring disorders, to instill hope and renewed resolve to help them move forward in their recovery.


The Hidden Addiction

Behind Shoplifting and Other Self-Defeating Behaviors

People’s self-defeating behaviors frequently do not reflect who they are as human beings but rather what they were temporarily driven to do as a result of early hurtful experiences, self-inflicted wounds or loss of hope. This book describes how to turn self-defeating behaviors into self-nourishing behaviors. Knowing who you really are, becoming aware of the false beliefs you hold, knowing who you can trust, satisfying your basic needs and knowing how to guide yourself in life is essential to rid yourself of any self-defeating behaviors you have or may develop. The good news is that life, like all complex things, has a universal simplicity which reduces life’s struggles and is presented in this book.

Yes My Kid! Addiction and Other Things You Cannot Fathom

Addiction and Spiritual Transformation

An Empirical Study on Narratives of Recovering Addict's Conversion Testimonies in Dutch and Serbian Contexts

This study explores the relationship between addiction and spiritual transformation. More specifically, it examines how recovering drug addicts employ testimonies of conversion and addiction to develop and sustain a sense of personal unity and create meaning from varied experiences in life. Drawing on 31 original autobiographies, the book analyzes conversion and addiction testimonies in two European contexts: Serbia and The Netherlands. (Series: Religion and Biography / Religion und Biographie - Vol. 22)

Zumba Addiction

Makeup Addict

Addiction Workshops

shopping addiction

Addiction Support

Nicotine Addiction

Food Addiction Support

Anger as an Addiction

King's Way Outreach Centre (The) - Breaking Down the Walls of Addiction

Weekly support group designed to assist people in breaking free of the cycle of addiction. Lively discussion, guest speakers who have overcome the cycle of addiction, practical tips for success as well as a caring environment provided.

Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville - Harvest Recovery Group

A Christian recovery group for men and women struggling with addictions.

Womankind Addiction Service - Taking Steps

Outpatient program for women looking to learn more about addiction and ways to take control over substance use. Fourteen continuous sessions promote self awareness of substance use and offer support for individual goals and can be started at any point.

Gamblers Anonymous - Hamilton East

Offers peer-led self-help groups for those with gambling problems:

* Faith Lutheran Church, 1907 King St E

For additional help, call the Ontario Helpline at 1-855-222-5542.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Mental Health and Addiction Program Peer Support Council - West 5th Campus, Rm G209

Provides individuals with a vehicle to give input into policy and program change at St. Joseph’s Mental Health and Addiction Program. Supports opportunities for individuals to access information, education and support regarding choices, self advocacy, peer support and political awareness.

Peer support groups of the Mental Health and Addiction Program include:

- Open Peer Support Group
- Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)
- Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Rapid Access Addiction Medicine - 225 James St

Short-term outpatient addiction clinic providing consultation and stabilization for individuals with substance use disorders.

Services include:

* One on one counselling
* Connecting with a physician at the clinic
* Referrals to community resources

ADAPT: Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Service - Addiction Assessment and Treatment, Burlington Office - Burlington Office

Services include assessment, treatment, individual and group counselling as well as educational services with respect to alcohol, drug and gambling related issues

Programs include:
* community withdrawal management
* Days Ahead Youth program
* parent program/parent education group
* problem gambling
* problem gambling day treatment
* family and group counselling
* opioid treatment and outreach
* concurrent disorders/Halton Homes
* first episode psychosis/ Phoenix program
* Know The D.E.A.L. (Drugs, Education, Alcohol & the Law)
* community justice programs
* community consultation and education
* Transitional Aged youth Outreach Program (TAYOP)
* Back-on-Track (remedial measures program for those convicted of impaired driving)
* referrals and aftercare
* peer support

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous - Oakville Group

* meetings are closed meetings, restricted to sex and love addicts (or those who think they may be sex and love addicts, i.e. newcomers)
* if the meeting is designated as an open meeting it can be attended by family members, friends or significant others of addicts at their invitation
* only qualification for membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction
* supported entirely through contributions of its membership, and is free to all who need it

Womankind Addiction Service

Provides non-medical residential withdrawal management, 24-hour telephone crisis support, early treatment groups, a taking steps group, day and residential treatment, and aftercare for women with substance use issues.

Womankind Addiction Service was created in the amalgamation of Hamilton Women's Detox Centre and Mary Ellis House.

Behavioural Supports Ontario - Community Outreach Team - Burlington

Provides short-term behavioural support and assistance for clients in crisis, or at risk of a crisis, and their families including:
* crisis intervention
* practical support and outreach
* education
* advocacy
* coordination of services (may include connecting with appropriate longer-term services and community resources)

Hamilton. Public Health Services - Problem Gambling Program - Cooper Building

Provides information, assessment, referral and treatment services to individual and families. Services are free and confidential, will also provide public awareness and education about responsible and problem gambling upon request.

Reformers Unanimous - Addiction Program Hamilton - Hamilton East

A faith based addictions program that exists to help anyone with stubborn habits and addictions find victory and real solutions for life change.