"If you can’t fly, then run.  If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

- Martin Luther King Jr. -
Dr. Sharleen McDowall, Psy.D., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist
Addiction & Substance Abuse Addiction & Substance Abuse

Addiction & Substance Abuse

"My life is spiraling out of control", "I want to get my life back on track" 

"I never thought I would get to this point", "I can't quit" 

Does this sound like you or someone you know? 

Many people turn to substances such as alcohol or drugs to escape and find relief from both physical and emotional pain, discomfort, hurtful memories or just plain boredom. First time use is commonly experienced with friends in a social atmosphere,  just have fun and to ‘fit in’. However, with continued use, drugs and alcohol can slowly take over your life. You may find yourself unable to function without a fix and unable to control your usage. Even at this point, when substance abuse is continuous and interfering with nearly all aspects of your daily life, endangering your health and hurting your relationships,we encourage you to seek help. Don't give up. 

Addiction and substance abuse can include legally-obtained drugs, such as prescription painkillers, or behaviours like sex and gambling. You can become dependent upon these substances or behaviours in the same way you can become dependent upon illegal substances like cocaine or marijuana, and the consequences are just as negative. 

How we can help:

If you believe that you or a loved one might have a problem with substance abuse or dependence, please let us help. Our knowledgeable psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors can help you or your loved one to reclaim your/their life. Our mission is to provide our clients with emphathic support, guidance, understanding and education during this difficult time in their lives. We provide a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere where clients can feel safe. Most importantly, we will help you or a loved one to find the strength within to regain control of your/their life. There is help, there is hope.

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