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4 Benefits of a Support Dog for PTSD

4 Benefits of a Support Dog for PTSD

Overcoming trauma is never a simple task. The process often takes years, and while medication and therapy can help, there simply are no guarantees when it comes to mental health. That’s especially true for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People who have faced abuse or trauma in the past need a safe, comfortable environment in order to recover and a support dog can be an important part of that healing process. A support animal provides a calming presence that alleviates many of the worst symptoms of PTSD, and though it is not a cure, having a faithful companion...
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A Paramedic, Denied His Benefits

A Paramedic, Denied His Benefits

First responders seldom got the glory – but that never bothered Peter. He became a paramedic because he wanted to help people, not because he wanted the attention. Peter saved people’s lives. He might not be a doctor or a nurse, but he was proud of the work he did as a crucial member of the medical system. He never expected the personal cost to be so high. As the first person at the scene of an accident, Peter would often arrive to discover that there was nothing left to be done. The natural world can be careless and cruel. Over the course of ten years, he’d seen...
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Teacher Denied LTD Benefits

Teacher Denied LTD Benefits

When it came to her health, Hong used to think she could deal with anything. She spent her days in front of a classroom filled with fourth graders, and you don’t need to be a virologist to know that children are not the most hygienic coworkers. Every year, her students came to class with pink eye, sore throats, and some new mutant strain of flu, but Hong knew the risks before she became a teacher so it’s something she learned to live with. Fortunately, Hong had always had an incredible ability to recover. No matter how bad things got, a day of rest, some chicken soup, and...
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Mary Goes Round Takes an Honest Look at Alcoholism and Addiction

Mary Goes Round Takes an Honest Look at Alcoholism and Addiction

We frequently see addiction portrayed in cinema. From the devastating portrayal of alcoholism in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) and sex addiction in Shame (2011) to subtler, possibly light-hearted depictions of behavioural addictions to porn with Don Jon (2013), and everything in between. But a recent Canadian film, Mary Goes Round (2017), takes a close look at alcoholism, and the stigma that surrounds it. The film is about it’s titular character, Mary, played by Aya Cash. Mary is an alcoholic. But she can’t quite admit it yet. Living in Toronto, she parties hard at night, and...
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Support Animals & Addiction Recovery: A Beautiful Bond

Support Animals & Addiction Recovery: A Beautiful Bond

Comedian Gilda Radner once said “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” As most pet owners know, the connection that can be created between animals and humans is profound. For those recovering from addiction, it is often life-changing. In May of 2017, Global News discussed this topic through their investigation into pet therapy and addiction recovery. In their coverage, they examined statistics from a survey conducted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. Of those who...
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When Someone you Love is Dealing with Alcoholism

When Someone you Love is Dealing with Alcoholism

For every person who is suffering from alcohol addiction, there are tens of others who care about them and are suffering alongside them. Being attached to someone who has a substance abuse problem presents a unique set of challenges. When you love someone, you know their best selves, and want them to be healthy, happy, and thriving. One of the many qualities of alcoholism, however, is that it affects a person holistically. It is not simply a physical disease, but one that changes a person’s behaviours, values, and loyalties. Helping someone who may seem to be an entirely...