A drug or alcohol intervention is a planned event, organized by family and friends to persuade a loved one (the “intervention subject”) who has a drug, alcohol, or other addiction to get treatment. Interventions achieve the best results when a professional interventionist is hired both for planning and facilitating the intervention. Professional interventionists have deep expertise regarding addiction and mental health, and also extensive experience with interventions.
If you’re wondering, “am I a Sex Addict?” then the first thing you might want to think about is what you want to call it. The label “sex addict” has an enormous stigma attached to it—perhaps even greater than the stigma associated with substance use disorders. People labeled “sex addicts” often feel intense shame resulting both from their own perception of the stigma and also from how it causes other people to perceive and interact with them. As always, the additional distress, low self-esteem, and low self-efficacy caused by shame make it much harder for people to effectively work towards recovery and get better.
This CTV News story is about the rising need for residential addiction treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the residential programs currently available at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto. They interview Cara Vaccarino, Chief Operating Officer of Edgewood Health Network, and Matt Kieselstein, a former residential patient at Bellwood Health Services.
CCSA is excited to be hosting this webinar today during recovery month and we’re doing this together with EHN Canada, and the New Start Foundation for addiction and mental health. Surfing the second wave and maintaining service access during COVID-19 pandemic. CCSA has been involved in recovery month activities across the country for at least five years now. The topic of service access is important to us, especially today and it’s timely when we look at what’s happening across our country. As the people we serve face increased challenges on their journeys to wellness, it’s through events, such as these that we can all bring about some change, big or small.