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Terwillegar Clinic
780-431-9623

West Clinic
587-524-9623

Meadows Clinic
780-465-9940

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Addiction Counselling

Addiction may be defined as the continued use of a mood-altering substance or behaviour despite adverse consequence. Classic hallmarks of addiction include:

  • impaired control over substances/behaviour
  • preoccupation with substance/behaviour
  • continued use despite consequences
  • denial

Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification coupled with long-term costs.

Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its ‘normal’ functioning. This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to the physical and psychological symptoms people experience when reducing or discontinuing a substance the body had become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal can include anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

Counselling is one step in the process of recovery and our practitioners will coordinate your care with other health care providers. Call us today and let’s get started on the path to feeling great again.

Blog Posts

Golfers’ Clinic

Eliminate Your Pain and Improve Your Game Are you frustrated and tired of pain messing with your drive, missing putts you know you should make, ending up in the rough in spite of following your coaching instruction to a tee? (get it?) Did you know that neck pain can...

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Does it Matter Which Exercise?

An article published in the scientific journal, Spine in 2004, by Physical Therapist Audrey Long and Orthopedic Physician Ron Donelson clarifies the debate on whether the type of spinal movements matters to speed of recovery. In their study, these researchers...

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Clinic Locations

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Our Clinics

Glenwood Clinic (West)
#203, 16028 100A Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5P-0M1
Phone: 587-524-9623  Fax: 587-524-9624

Terwillegar Recreation Centre Clinic
#1 2051 Leger Road, Edmonton, Alberta T6R-0R9
Phone: 780-431-9623  Fax: 780-431-9624

Meadows Recreation Centre Clinic
2704 17 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6T-0X1
Phone: 780-465-9940  Fax: 780-465-9944

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