So, you know someone with drug addiction or alcoholism and you want to help them, but you have no idea where to start? We understand that approaching such conversations constructively can be very difficult in the best of times—and even more difficult currently, with increased stress levels and social tensions due to COVID. This article … Read more
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.
The development of dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) was motivated by one psychiatrist’s desire to create a comprehensive toolkit of highly effective practical skills for people to manage even their most intense and uncomfortable emotions. In a similar way, if one were to boil it all down, the essence of all the work we do at EHN Canada is helping people learn skills to effectively manage their out-of-control emotions.
When you’ve become used to certain daily routines or habits, changing them can bring on uncertainty that can be unsettling. Making the decision to start living a new life in recovery can bring on a slew of questions that may not be so easily answered by getting lost in an online rabbit hole of information. Learning some skills for dealing with uncertainty and building your uncertainty tolerance is a great first step to living a more peaceful and fulfilling life.
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is an addiction or mental health treatment program designed for individuals who need more structure and intensive treatment than they can get from standard treatment options such as one-on-one therapy, medication, and support groups on their own. Best suited for patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms, IOP’s can be as effective as residential treatment for many people.