Edmonton Addictions Counselling at Equinox Therapeutic

Living with an addiction of any kind can be very stressful. Thankfully, there are many resources available in Edmonton. For example, by working with a psychologist in Edmonton, you can come to better understand your addiction, including how it developed and why it keeps sticking around, even though it often seems to be having a negative impact on our life. With this better understanding, a psychologist will be able to teach you new coping skills that you can use instead of turning to your addiction.

In addition to the Edmonton addictions counselling at Equinox, there are many resources that you can add to your recovery plan. Two such resources available in Edmonton include 12-step meetings and Smart Recovery.

12-step meetings: Many people are familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous, a 12-step approach to recovery with a focus on peer meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous originated in the 1930s and has since expanded to include groups for addictions other than alcohol. These include Narcotics Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, and Crystal Meth Anonymous. Hundreds of meetings are available each week in Edmonton and the surrounding area.

More information on these programs can be found on the websites below:

• Edmonton Alcoholics Anonymous: http://edmontonaa.org/

• Edmonton Area Narcotics Anonymous: http://www.eana.ca/

Edmonton Sexaholics Anonymous https://edmontonsa.org/

Alberta Gamblers Anonymous https://www.albertaga.net/

• Crystal Meth Anonymous: http://www.crystalmeth.org/cma-meeting-directory.html

Smart Recovery: Smart Recovery is a recovery support group that uses a four-point program, which emphasizes empowerment. These four points include building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours; and living a balanced life. Smart Recovery has four Edmonton meetings, which can be found at https://www.smartrecoverytest.org/local/.

There are numerous other recovery programs with online resources. These include:

• Secular Organization for Sobriety (SOS)
o Does not work with the concept of a “higher-power”
o www.sossobriety.org

• Life Ring
o Online recovery-based chats, networking, and in-person meetings, based on empowering the Sober Self within each of us
o www.lifering.org

• Dharma Punx
o Buddhist-based recovery meeting; involves a meditation then discussion on Buddhist teachings and how they relate to recovery
o www.dharmapunx.com

• Buddhist Recovery Network
o Buddhist-based recovery group; depending on the location, they may or may not have 12-step content in relation to Buddhism
o www.buddhistrecovery.org

• Men/Women for Sobriety
o Emphasizes self-empowerment
o www.menforsobriety.org, www.womenforsobriety.org• Rational Recovery
o Emphasizes self-empowerment
o www.rationalrecovery.com