Would you like to overcome
get your life back on track?
Addictive behaviours can cause chaos in your life.
Most people use addictions to try to get away from their life
problems. But if you are struggling with an addiction, the
very issues you are running from will only become more of a problem
as the days go by.
Addictions can cause:
relationships to become more stressful
job performance to suffer
escalation of financial difficulties
your self-esteem to head in a downhill spiral
Addiction can make your entire life feel overwhelming.
As you continue your use of addictive behaviours, the emotional cycle
of confusion, frustration, and fear also becomes worse. You
probably know you don’t want to live this way anymore, but you
may feel helpless to stop your self-sabotaging patterns.
The most common addictive behaviours include:
Substance abuse (alcohol and other drugs such as cocaine,
crack, heroin, marijuana, crystal meth, Ecstacy, etc.)
I have had the good fortune of having Candace as a support
in my life and healing process over the past several years.
I first went to see Candace when I was experiencing severe
anxiety. I was also dealing with addiction to marijuana,
using pot and alcohol on a regular basis. Candace helped
me to understand that in order to stop using mind-altering substances,
I had to understand why I felt I needed them.
As we worked together, Candace offered positive reinforcement
for each step I took as I became clean and faced many of my fears. One
huge challenge for me was around returning to school and furthering
my education. I am proud to say that I am now a full-time
student with very good grades.
Through Candace’s guidance, insight and counselling I
have not used pot for seven years. I feel very grateful because
without her support I know I would not be where I am now in my
life. My relationships with my family and friends are much
healthier now, and my confidence in myself has increased a lot.
I feel like I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to, and I
have begun to enjoy the challenges life hands me.
If you’re like the majority of people with addictive behaviours,
it’s likely that you may be experiencing:
shame and guilt
fear and hopelessness
deep sadness and depression
frustration and helplessness
If you are struggling with any addictive behaviours, such as misuse
of mind-altering substances, eating disorders, problem gambling, internet
misuse, or compulsive spending, YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!
Transformation: From the Depths of Darkness to a University Degree,
Fulfilling Work, and a Healthy Relationship
Looking back at some of the darkest moments in my life, it
is hard to imagine how I got to where I am today.
When I first met Candace, I was in my early twenties and
struggling with debilitating anxiety. I was also quite
good at self-harm, more or less killing myself with hard
drugs and by staying in a physically and emotionally
My anxiety kept me isolated and I literally had to relearn
everything about myself, including how to function in the world
at the most basic level. I remember once telling Candace
that all I looked forward to in my day, or all I was really
capable of doing at that time, was having a cup of tea by the
window in my bedroom.
Had it not been for Candace's support and genuine care for
my well-being, in addition to my strong inner will to turn
my life around (and perhaps a guardian angel), I would not
be living the full life that I have today. I am now strong
and healthy, work full-time, and have completed a few
college certificates and a university degree. I am
also now married and expect to have children in the near future.
My life is not perfect nor is it pain free. There
are still issues that I must deal with and some days are definitely
harder than others. But through working with Candace, what
I have learned is that it is vital to surround myself with supportive
people in order to grow and better myself as a person. Today
I want to do the very best I can as I continue on my unique journey.
As a therapist with over 20 years of experience in the Addictions
Counselling field, I can help you re-connect to that place inside
of you that is yearning to be healthy in all areas of your life.
I can help you identify the addictive and compulsive behaviours that
have been damaging your sense of self-esteem, and teach you how to
make the necessary changes to develop healthier responses to life.
Here are some of THE BENEFITS you can achieve from Addictions Counselling:
Positive and healthyrelationships with the people
in your life
Sobriety from mind-altering substances
A more accurate and positive body-image
Improved emotional and physicalhealth
Moretime, energy, and money to spend on the activities
such as saying “No” when
we mean “No”
Finding time for healthy self-care without feeling stress
Letting go of perfectionism
Increased self-respect and self-trust
A satisfying andrewarding career
I was thinking of you today. I am watching a series called Six Feet Under, and one of the characters applies for a counselling job at an inner city clinic. The HR Director tells her 'you have to be in a strong place' to be able to survive there.
That's exactly how I feel right now. I feel like I am in a strong place. My level of self awareness is extremely high, I recognize unhealthy behaviour early in the thought process, way before it could ever get to action. I feel my emotions, all of them. I can recognize them and say hello to them, instead of acting out to distract myself from the discomfort of them.
I am sure you must have had this experience before but I want to tell you anyway. I was a lost soul, headed in the wrong direction. Please add me to the list of people you have in your mind when you ask yourself if you have made a difference in this world. It's not just me you affected, it's my family, friends, and people I look after at work.
We have come a long way in our work together!
Yes, you CAN change your addictive behaviours!
Yes, you CAN
heal the wounds that are keeping you entrenched in old, useless, and
Your Next Steps:
If you have tried to rid yourself or your loved one of an addiction without
success, perhaps you are ready to try something different. If so,
here are your next steps: