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Using Your Addictions Counsellor Training to Reduce Stigma

Research has suggested that members of the public hold significantly more negative views towards those dealing with addiction issues compared to other forms of mental illness (Barry, McGinty, Pescosolido, & Goldman, 2014). People are less willing to have a person with a substance use disorder...
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The Alarming Rise in Binge Drinking among Young Women: How Addictions Counsellors can help

While ‘risky’ or ‘binge’ drinking is more common among men, studies show this behaviour is increasing rapidly among young Canadian women. In 2013, 56 per cent of young women (ages 15 and older) said they partook in binge drinking within the last year—up from 44 per cent in 2004 (Public...
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Rhodes Wellness College Partner Spotlight: Luke 15 House

Eleven years ago, Nigel Vincent joined Luke 15 House. He did so with the desire to help the struggling organization thrive. A recent business school graduate, Nigel recognized the importance of addictions recovery programs. It was a realization that led him to volunteer at Luke 15 House before...
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Addressing the Canadian Opioid Crisis: What Students in Addictions Counsellor Training Need to Know

Earlier this month, Health Canada implemented a new policy requiring a warning label on all opioid prescriptions (CBC News, 2018). The labels, which alert those taking a prescription drug to the dangers of opioid addiction, are intended to mitigate the Canadian opioid crisis, which has claimed over...
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Using Your Addiction Counselling Training to Help Clients Find Balance in a World Addicted to Work

According to a study conducted by the University of Bergen in Norway, work addiction affects approximately 7.8 per cent of the population (Andreassen, C. S., Griffiths, M. D., Sinha, R., Hetland, J., & Pallesen, S., 2016). Many Canadians are also living with a work addiction. Far from a simple...
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Tools for Managing Internet Addiction Taught in Addictions Counsellor Courses

For some individuals, it can prove difficult to overcome the allure of the countless games, articles, and multimedia offerings to be found online. In some cases, a person’s compulsion to explore the web is serious enough that it has a negative effect on their work, relationships, health, or...
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Self-Care Strategies for Graduates of Addictions Counsellor Courses

In order to effectively help at-risk individuals recover, addictions counsellors must be completely present and self-aware. As the nature of the counselling profession centers on helping others, it is extremely important for addictions counsellors to practice good self-care in order to effectively...
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Identifying Enabling Behaviours With the Help of Addictions Counselling Training

As a future addictions counsellor, you’ll likely not only work with clients who have an addiction, but you may also work with their family members and loved ones. An addiction can take a significant toll on family dynamics. Therefore, counselling the family members can be an important part of the...
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The Steps to Recovery Explained for Students in Addictions Counsellor Courses

Understanding the stages of recovery is essential for addictions counsellors. That’s because when an individual is recovering from an addiction to drugs (including alcohol), gambling, or another sort of behaviour, they’ll often pass through seven stages on their journey to recovery, fulfilment,...
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