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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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.

The Addiction Solution

Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs

A groundbreaking, “timely and well-written” (Booklist, starred review) guide to 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. “Comprehensive…well-informed and accessible” (Kirkus Reviews), The Addiction Solution provides invaluable help, comfort, and hope.

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.

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.

Art Therapy and Substance Abuse

Enabling Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction

Art therapy is an effective treatment for individuals with addictions. Working with this unique and often difficult clinical population, however, requires special therapist awareness and knowledge. This handbook provides an in-depth foundation of knowledge for art therapists working with clients with addictions. Drawing on many years' experience working with this population, Libby Schmanke provides valuable insight into this client group and explains how to ensure therapeutic interventions remain personalized and effective, while also meeting program needs. With case vignettes throughout, the book covers everything from common treatment models and how art therapy can be incorporated within them, to the bio-psycho-social aspects of addiction and how to handle a lack of cooperation or resistance to therapy.

The Path to Addiction...

"and other troubles we are born to know."

While this book is technically a sequel, the hope was that there would never be reason to continue the first book’s storyline. That book was left open-ended because we can never be sure of an addict’s long-term sobriety. Given the longevity of his addiction, his drug of choice and history of failures, the probability was high that my son could relapse again. He had been clean and sober for 30 months (18 months in prison and 12 months back home) before his regression was triggered by a prescription pharmaceutical. Vicodin was prescribed and that led my son back to the streets for methadone and from there it was just a matter of time before reconnecting with his old friend, heroin. My son’s meltdown and the mind-numbing ugliness of the fallout are documented in-depth, during the early chapters of this book. In an effort to better understand the profound difficulties that addicts struggle with, and why they seem powerless to control their lives, the mid-section of the book is devoted to research. The book covers addictions in general, the history of worldwide drug usage, the pros and cons of the various treatment programs, the debate over the difference of opinion regarding the numerous models, the causal triggers and the pharmaceutical companies. Every addict has two personalities, but the general public only sees the manifestation of the unsightly one...the good one goes unnoticed, even when they’re clean and sober. The indistinguishable one is no different than you or me; he’s just overpowered by his unwanted tenant...addiction. I’m trying to point out that no one “wants” to be an addict. Once clean, the addict knows that he must always be strong and vigilant because his co-pilot is always waiting in the wings for his chance to once again, take over the flight controls.

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

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.

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.

Helping Others Overcome Addictions

How God's Grace Brings Lasting Freedom

Does Christianity have an answer for addiction? As longtime pastor Mike Quarles's alcoholism worsened over eight years, churches and Christians referred him to treatment, 12-Step programs, therapy...nothing worked. Steve McVey, also a pastor, repeatedly dished out the same advice Mike received, with similarly poor results... ...Until, in their frustration, God led them back to basic, addiction-breaking truths of His Word. The authors explain these for readers who want to help someone or who struggle themselves, because freedom from addiction is found only when Christians fully believe what God says about their identity move beyond the 12-Step concept of inescapable "addict identity" stop harboring unforgiveness, get radically right with God, and dwell in who they are in Christ, which excludes engaging in addictive behaviors as a lifestyle Material on codependency is included, as is information on implementing recovery/support groups for those leaving addiction and starting to live in God's glorious freedom.

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs

Marc Lewis's relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen-year-old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley, California, in its hippie heyday, he found methamphetamine and LSD and heroin. He sniffed nitrous oxide in Malaysia and frequented Calcutta's opium dens. Ultimately, though, his journey took him where it takes most addicts: into a life of addiction, desperation, deception, and crime. But unlike most addicts, Lewis recovered and became a developmental psychologist and researcher in neuroscience. In Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, he applies his professional expertise to a study of his former self, using the story of his own journey through addiction to tell the universal story of addictions of every kind. He explains the neurological effects of a variety of powerful drugs, and shows how they speak to the brain—itself designed to seek rewards and soothe pain—in its own language. And he illuminates how craving overtakes the nervous system, sculpting a synaptic network dedicated to one goal—more—at the expense of everything else.

Zumba Addiction

prescription drug addiction

Makeup Addict

Addiction Workshops

Addiction Support

shopping addiction

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

Celebrate Recovery

A 12-step program for all hurts, habits, and hang ups that include but are not limited to:
* alcohol and drug addictions
* physical, sexual and emotional abuse
* anger, food addictions, sexual addictions

Program location:
* Compass Point Bible Church

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.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous - Oakville Group

* meetings are closed, restricted to sex and love addicts (or those who think they may be sex and love addicts, i.e. newcomers)
* only qualification for membership is a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction
* supported through contributions of its membership and is free to all who need it

Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville - Harvest Recovery Group

A Christian recovery group for men and women struggling with addictions

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.

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.