There is a multitude of reasons individuals choose to drink alcohol. Covering the, ‘why’ people drink is an article in and of itself. But, in short, we start drinking as a social endeavour that later becomes a way to cope with both external pressures and internal pain.
Gain a deeper understanding about the broad effects of addiction and substance misuse from a Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine perspective. Find focused content on harm reduction and motivational aspects of change.
At Finding My Psych, we believe in creating an environment that fosters sustainable behavioural change. While some require absolute abstinence to save their life, most alcohol consumption falls into the category of long standing habit with no functional rhyme or reason.
We provide ten (10) options individuals should consider before committing to a drug and alcohol residential treatment program. This goes directly against the popular understanding of the standard course of care promoted by the media and governmental agencies.
Evidence indicates that controlled drinking is an effective approach that reduces the physical harms associated with regular alcohol use. While the approach continues to be particularly controversial, a wide spectrum of treatment options should remain available to meet individual needs.
While the country is increasing financial resources focused on deaths related to opioid overdose, examination of alcohol caused fatalities secondary to medical conditions caused by alcoholism, reveals increased harm and morbidity.
The goals of the substance user and athlete battling depression is the same – Both seek a shift in mood and/or mental state. The goal to, ‘feel better,’ is universal, regardless of the tool used. In fact, substance misuse is considered superior in that it is absolutely efficient at achieving its aims.
Motivational Interviewing is a counselling approach commonly used in the field of Addictions Psychology. Motivational Interviewing is designed to assess readiness for change by meeting individuals where they are at in their change journey, while exploring ambivalence.
When considering the widespread opioid overdose crisis occurring throughout North America, it is clear we are not doing enough to manage the devastating consequences. On both sides of the Canadian – American border, overdose leading to death is on the rise. British Columbia saw more than 1400 people die in 2017 alone. In 2020, the crisis has not abated.