Finding your own “Steps” to recovery

re·cov·er·y. /rəˈkəv(ə)rē/ The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the 12 Steps that are the long-standing doctrine of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). They definitely provided a path for me to follow, the multiple times I struggled to stay sober. But therein lies…

Substance use and substance addiction – what’s the difference?

Author: Karli Rapinda, M.A. Whether it be your spouse, your child, your neighbour, or your co-worker, everyone knows somebody who uses substances. And by substances, I don’t just mean “the hard stuff” like methamphetamine or heroin. I’m talking about things like alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, and cocaine too. So, if we all know someone who uses…