Some definitions of addiction focus on the physical aspects, like cravings or withdrawal symptoms when you stop using. Other definitions include habits, behaviours or the consequences of overusing a substance. Usually, you have an addiction if you are unusually dependent on something that is physically or psychologically habit-forming.
Generally, when you continue to use a problem substance (such as drugs or alcohol) or engage in a problem behaviour (such as gambling)—despite its disruptive effect on your life and loved ones—it is likely that you have an addiction.
Understand How We Can Help You
Our Withdrawal Management Counsellors are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can answer your questions and offer information about our services.
We offer three different withdrawal management programs to suit different needs and lifestyles.
Residential Withdrawal Management is a short-term residential service for people who need 24-hour monitoring or a structured, safe environment in order to stop using.
The Day Withdrawal Management Program is for individuals who want to start their recovery process in a group format over a two- or three-week period.
In the Community Withdrawal Management Program, counsellors support individuals who would rather withdraw from their substances in their own home or another safe and supportive environment.
Understand How You Can Help Yourself
If you are waiting to start a withdrawal program, here is how you can help yourself in the meantime:
- Make a list of the pros and cons of withdrawing. One of the first steps towards changing your drug use is to be certain you want to change.
- Think about how you will spend your leisure time when you’re no longer using your substance. What activities would you like to take up? Boredom can be a trigger to use substances, so start planning to fill your free time with activities.
- Start a journal. Journaling is a helpful way to record your progress in recovery.
- Practice saying “no.” One of the highest-risk situations after withdrawal is being offered drugs or alcohol. Saying “no” requires practice.
- Learn to reward yourself in other ways. Perhaps you’ve been thinking of your substance as a treat or reward. You’ll need to develop a different reward system.
Understand the resources available to you
We can put you directly in touch with additional resources to help with your longer-term recovery. See our Resources page for more information.