‘Soft’ addictions require more research and discussion

Brought to you by the Addictions Awareness Committee of Simcoe Muskoka during Addictions Awareness Week.

Process addictions are non-chemical addictions. It is common to hear these conditions referred to as behavioural addictions, ‘soft’ addictions, or process dependencies.  Process addiction remains a controversial subject requiring more research and discussion.

Similar to substance abuse, problems can occur long before addiction is present. There might be personal consequences to health, employment or finances and negative impacts to families and friends.  Additionally, these kinds of addictions can damage social or community relationships. Continue reading

A unique way for Lakehead students to get to know their profs

Lakehead student Stephanie Edwards (r), and Lakehead communications staff member, Derek Desroches, prepare to interview Dr. Angela Hovey, School of Social Work, for their popular “Get to Know Our Profs” video series.

Lakehead student Stephanie Edwards (r), and Lakehead communications staff member, Derek Desroches, prepare to interview Dr. Angela Hovey, School of Social Work, for their popular “Get to Know Our Profs” video series.

Students at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus have the opportunity to not only get to know their professors one-on-one, but, thanks to the development of a creative video series, are able to take a fun and entertaining look into the lives of their current and future professors.  Continue reading

It’s addictions awareness week

Did you know that friends and family members are deeply affected when a loved one has an addiction? The choices made by the person’s behaviour can have far reaching consequences on the people around them.

Significant others may experience:

  • Denial or attempts to cover up
  • Self-blaming, shame, or a sense of responsibility to fix problems
  • Fear for their safety
  • Symptoms of anxiety and/or depression
  • Financial stress
  • Self-medicating as a means of coping

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Community pulls together for Gravenhurst woman and her family

Kessie (Mueller) Hamilton is a vibrant, brilliant woman with an infectious smile.  She is a fun-filled, lover of life and a treasure to her children, her husband, her family and her friends.

On March 14, 2014, Kessie and her kids woke up with excitement.  They had long been anticipating a day of sunshine, snowflakes and yes; some hot chocolate.  Pink cheeks and giggles soon turned to terror and tears. Continue reading