Choose A Lifestyle - Alcohol Education

Helen Northcott, MA, RPN, Registered Psychotherapist

The dangers of cross fading

Since marijuana has been legalised here in Canada, I am concerned about its effects and the use of alcohol with it. Research shows that marijuana has a property called THC. It can be used by medical doctors to assist cancer patients to keep their food down after receiving chemotherapy amongst other medical benefits. Cross fading…

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The Value of Mental Health Trumps the Cost of Treatment

Most people still consider counselling to be a taboo. This is not just with regards to certain eastern cultures. Just yesterday, I heard a pastor had died by suicide from depression. There is nothing wrong with getting help, and there is no shame in sharing our weaknesses. We are all humans; we are not God….

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Substance abuse and how to help those struggling

Substance abuse is a commonly known problem that many struggle with. When substance abuse behavior becomes habitual, repetitious and difficult or even impossible to control, despite the negative consequences, the user has developed an addiction that would need to be treated. It can be difficult to admit that you or someone else has a problem,…

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Alcohol and Suicide

According to World Health Organization (WHO) 2014, the suicide rate in Canada was 11.4 per 100,000 in 2012. Alcohol has been involved in over a quarter of all suicide cases. Alcoholics are 120 times more likely to attempt suicide compared to non-alcoholics. Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women. Men…

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Effects of Alcoholism

There are more hospital admissions in Canada due to alcohol-related conditions than for heart attacks. In the year 2015-2016, there were up to 77,000 admissions, which is 212 on average per day, not including emergency cases (Noik, 2017). Globally, alcohol was related to over 3 million deaths per year in 2012, slightly more than lung cancer…

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Difference between Counsellor and Registered Psychotherapist

The words counsellor and psychotherapist are often used interchangeably. At the same time there are various arguments and debates about the differences between a counsellor and a psychotherapist. Some argue that there are many common activities, with little differences; while some argue that there are no differences and can be used interchangeably; while still others…

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Anxiety and Depression

  How does anxiety and depression express itself in your life?  Is it an emotional event causing grief or the birth of a child etc. You fill in the blanks with your emotions in that experience.  No one else is like you because you are unique. How do you feel about sharing with someone?  Are…

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3 Keys to Happiness in Daily Life

It doesn’t take a whole new routine to instill a dose of happiness into your day—but it does take a little self awareness. 1. Be grateful for the good & the bad. Research shows, grateful people are happy people. It’s also important to understand that happiness is not the absence of negative feelings. Gratitude is…

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