Addictions - Did You Know?
Individuals are addicted when the use of alcohol, drugs and/or other substances or activities interferes with any part of their lives. Addicts continue to use the substance or repeat the activity in spite of damage to their emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health.
There are 2 types of Addictions.
- SUBSTANCE ADDICTIONS are when substances are ingested into the body and can include things like alcohol, nicotine, food, prescription and non-prescription drugs, illicit drugs and caffeine.
- PROCESS ADDICTIONS are learned activities and behaviours that can take control of ones life and can include things like shopping, gambling, sex, exercise, worrying, overwork and the internet.
Addictions can harm healthy relationships, success in school and career goals, healthy choices, positive role modeling, positive parenting, healthy living environments and individual achievements and accomplishments. Addictions affect our family, our friends, our communities and our Nations.
Something to Think About...
- How do contributing factors like past history, current situation, consequences, unresolved issues, self awareness, spirituality, feelings of emptiness, preventions, interventions, treatments, etc., affect our choices?
- How do beliefs, habits, attitudes and emotions affect behaviours?
- How is motivation, learning and the brain involved?
- Is addiction a disease? Is addiction a symptom? Is addiction a behaviour? Or is addictive behaviour a choice?
Admitting There is a Problem
The first struggle is admitting that there is a problem and recognizing that it will not go away without help. If gambling, drugs, alcohol and/or mental health is a problem for you or someone you know, please call these:
Toll Free Helplines
Free Confidential Anonymous 24/7
Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline
Drug and Alcohol Information Line
Mental Health - Service Information Ontario
Voluntary Exclusion Program
Many casinos offer this unique program that provides problem gamblers with a method to acknowledge that they have a gambling problem and take personal responsibility for it by agreeing to stop visiting casinos. Ontario casinos have a minimum six-month exclusion policy where patrons ban themselves from entering all Ontario casinos. For further information contact the Thunder Bay Charity Casino 683-1935.
Counselling for Gamblers & Families
Free counselling for problem gamblers and their family members is provided through various health and social services agencies. Please visit the following website for services available in your area.
Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline - Problem Gambling Treatment Resource Directory
The Provincial Aboriginal Responsible Gambling Strategy developed and distributed over 33,000 copies of this Self-Help Booklet throughout Ontario.
Please see the 'LINKS' page for support groups etc.