How can I tell if I’m Addicted?
If you’re asking yourself whether you have an addiction or dependency, it’s likely that your substance use or compulsive behaviour is getting in the way of living a normal life. An addiction isn’t the same as frequently using drugs and alcohol or indulging in activities such as gambling, sex, etc. You’ll experience cravings and compulsions that will cause you to repeat the behaviour regardless of who or what it hurts; your health, relationships, finances, career etc. Substance use or compulsory behaviour becomes essential to be able to get through the day. If at some point something gets in the way of using or satisfying a compulsive behaviour, you may experience psychological withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms vary depending on the substance of choice and the severity of addiction; it can include anger, impulsivity, anxiety, stress, confusion, outbursts etc. Physical withdrawal symptoms will likely be experienced as well. This may include vomiting, headaches, muscle spasms, muscle aches, fevers, chills, and possibly seizures. If you are seeking help, it is a strong sign that you are suffering from addiction.
What if I have mental health issues (ie. depression, anxiety, stress, etc) as well?
Addiction Rehab Toronto treats mental health issues along with addiction side by side. An important part of Addiction Rehab Toronto’s mission statement is to identify and treat underlying mental health issues alongside treating addiction. Through counselling and psychotherapy, we provide solutions to provide psychological well being. This entails many different approaches, such as, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused Therapy, Stress Management, Anger Management, Health and Wellness Education, Nutritional Counselling, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy etc. As a client-centred facility, we design treatment according to client needs and wants. We believe the client is the expert on his or her life, each individual has their own unique goals, aspirations, and beliefs while also their own way to set goals, plan, and make strategies for their future. We empower and encourage clients to improve their mental health by finding their best possible self.
Is it true that addiction can happen to many substances or behaviours at a time?
This is a common occurrence and common question we get at Addiction Rehab Toronto. It tends to be classified under concurrent disorders, co-occurring disorders, or co-morbidity. Alongside Addiction, there tend to be underlying mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, etc. It is also common that substance abuse is linked to compulsory behaviours such as gambling, playing video games, eating disorders, internet use and compulsive promiscuity. Not all who suffer from addiction have multiple mental health issues, there is typically a tendency that concurrent issues are present.
What kind of treatment is right for me?
Addiction is a complex issue that is not fully understood scientifically, there are many models and approaches to treatment. Also, everyone who is dealing with addiction has their own history, attitudes, values, belief systems, etc. Variables such as where you life, type of job, health insurance etc will influence and determine your course of action. In-patient treatment is primarily how Addiction Rehab Toronto heals client addiction(s) and mental health issues. Typically the environment an individual who suffers from addiction is in contains certain triggers that lead to drug using or drug seeking behaviours. A trigger can be anything; a person, place, setting, item, etc. When the environment changes, so to do the behaviours associated with it. Therefore in-patient treatment will provide an education on how to recognize triggers so you can prevent them from influencing your behaviours. Addiction Rehab Toronto strongly focuses on the underlying issues of why one uses. Our goal is to get to the root cause of the problem. Every case is different, this is why we are a client-centred facility, our goal is to execute a proper treatment plan for each individual that will allow our clients to let go of the past and be in recovery.
What if I’m not ready for treatment?
Typically those who come into treatment recognize how their substance abuse is detrimentally affecting their life and those around them. Others aren’t ready or don’t fully understand the benefits of treatment which can take months and even years. If you are not convinced you are ready, and can’t imagine a life without using, its important to understand that treatment can still improve and benefit your life. There is typically a stigma around mental health and addiction given how society and those in your life perceive the substance use. It is by default seen as a weakness of character when that is not necessarily true, that is an old and out dated model called “the moral model” that still exists today. Recently, other models such as the disease model, allergy model etc have come into the forefront of studying addiction. These models provide a more comprehensive understanding to addiction.
Do I have to stop using forever?
The thought of completely giving something up for the rest of your life might seem extremely difficult. In almost every case, those who suffer from addiction find that they must permanently abstain and cease from using the substances they’ve become addicted to. This is because addiction powerfully affects the physical body as well as the mind. There are two approaches to addiction, harm reduction and abstinence. The Abstinence-based Approach consists of completely remaining sober, regardless of which situation you are in or how you are feeling. Relapse can occur and that is ok as long as you immediately stop and remind yourself of the risks and negative consequences of your behaviour. The Harm Reduction approach is rooted in strategies aimed at reducing the negative physical consequences associated with drug use, such as sharing needles and spreading disease. This approach is not necessarily rehabilitative. Addiction Rehab Toronto has an Abstinence-based Approach that is effective in educating and providing treatment to addiction and mental health issues. Building a strong community in recovery is one of the main tools we use in building a strong network of support. This guarantees our clients long-term sobriety. Addiction Rehab Toronto also afters out-patient counselling for continued support in 4 blocks of one-hour sessions.
Do I need treatment?
Questions to ask yourself: Am I having issues in my relationships with family and friends? Can I hold a career? Am I functioning throughout most of the day? Am I being a responsible toward myself and others? Am I bettering myself through school? Am I keeping up with my hygiene? Have you gotten to a place of being tired of being tired? Am I fed up with the way I am living life? Am I ready for change? Do I want a better life?
Only you know best whether treatment is right for you. It is always your choice to seek help and work towards a better future.
How can I afford to pay for treatment?
While private treatment is expensive, you get what you pay for.
There are many different ways one can afford treatment. While a lot of our clients have financial backing through family members and family support there is also possible employment coverage. We work with a financing company called Medicard that provides financial assistance if needed. They will evaluate what plan you qualify for so that monthly installments can be arranged to pay for treatment. For more information regarding medicard, visit: https://addictionrehabtoronto.ca/rehab-admission/payment/