One can have poor mental health and no addiction, but one cannot have an addiction without some form of mental health complaint.
Addiction will have both mental and physical dependencies and is marked by a change in behavior caused by the biochemical changes in the brain after continued substance abuse. Emotional responses to people, places, or events can cause a “stress trigger” which happens on a continual basis.
Since COVID-19, some Canadians continue to report increases in their alcohol (16.2%), cannabis (6.1%) and tobacco (4.8%) consumption. Those reporting poor mental health are up to 4 times more likely to report increased substance use since the pandemic began.
To help those suffering from addiction, there needs to be an opportunity for the brain to heal and the hippocampus to regenerate. Not only does the individual need to be clean from the substance, but they also need to be provided with a safe environment, free from abuse or trauma, and administer treatments to help relieve stress and promote mental healing.
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If you are under the age of 24, or over the age of 55, and experiencing pain, mental health, or addiction issues, you might be qualified for Free Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments, including Acupuncture and Moxibustion treatment, Diet Therapy, and Baduanjin Qigong therapy.