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Updated: Oct 5, 2019

How Overcoming Addiction Can Lead to a Fulfilling Life



For residents in downtown Edmonton, Alberta daily life is a struggle for survival. Besides low income, lack of education and unsustainable family units, many are beset with mental health problems that are a direct result of their circumstances. To numb their pain, anger, frustration and depression, several abuse alcohol and drugs which in time turn into full blown addictions.


However, a community is only as strong as its weakest link. As equal members of the community, it is our duty to support these struggling families at a time when they are at their lowest. Rather than ostracizing them as pariahs and blaming them for their issues, we need to come together to understand their circumstances from the grass roots level.


Addiction is NOT a Sign of Weakness


Developing an addiction to alcohol, drugs or any other substance is neither a character flaw nor is it a sign of weakness. In fact, the people who overcome these issues successfully are some of the strongest individuals anyone can come across. They go through trials and tribulations that strengthen not only their character, but which also make them an inspiration to people who are suffering as they once did.


To understand the sheer strength of will that takes to overcome addiction, we need to take a closer look at how it affects the brain. If taken in excess certain prescription medication can change the way the brain works leading to unhealthy cravings, mood swings and behavioral issues that can make sobriety seem like an impossible goal. However, recovery is never out of reach irrespective of how far gone an addiction seems.


With direct and unobstructed access to rehab and recover programs, suffering community members can receive the understanding and resources to turn their life around. This includes the Addiction and Mental Health Intake Services for children and adolescents as well as a helpline that is offered by Alberta Health Services.


These services (among several others) offer empathetic services to struggling members of the community by helping them take steps towards recovery. The decision to avail these services is far from easy since many feel as if they are too far gone into their addiction to recover. This is where recovery programs step in and help them realize the benefits of treatment that is progressive and healing at the same time. This includes helping them understand:


- the ways they deal with their stress.

- who they allow in the life and their role in their addiction.

- how they think about themselves.

- how the substance and alcohol prevents them from living fulfilling lives.


Many individuals who struggle with addiction feel conflicted about de-toxing themselves even when they know that the addiction is the reason why they cannot get their life on track. Recovery requires motivation and support, two elements that a supportive neighborhood can provide and make downtown Edmonton come together as a family. With your help and support, these people can build a home, care for themselves and their families and become upstanding and equally compassionate citizens.


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