Addiction can take many forms. The most common
addictions are substance abuse and repetitive, damaging behaviors. Substance
abuse is a dependence on alcohol, narcotics, and/or prescription drugs.
Problem gambling is a repetitive behavior which leads one to spending
money on lottery tickets, video lottery terminals, slot machines, and
other betting schemes. Dependences can result in serious health risks,
legal and financial problems, as well as family disturbance.
There is a difference between a habit and an addiction. Habits shape our
personalities and enrich our lives, but when they become obsessive and
harmful, they turn into addictions. When these addictions hurt us, and
those we love, we need to get help to break the addiction and restore
health and happiness.
money my family or I are counting on to gamble or buy drugs and/or alcohol
promises to spend time with loved ones, or hurt them in other ways, so
I can feed my addiction
from drug or alcohol consumption when my losses increase
because I can't stop my addiction
reach my goals
tried, but can't change my ways
able to change my behavior, but I am still unhappy and something is missing
if I need help - now may be a good time to get it
People who need information on gambling can
call 1-800-461-1234 24/7 and speak with a health professional
- It’s free and confidential. Counselors will propose options to
help confront gambling problems or they may guide you towards more therapy.
There are eight centres
in the province with specialized staff working with people who have problems
with alcohol, other drugs, or gambling.
Staff works with clients, to keep them motivated and
on track towards recovery. Addiction Services and clients work together
to design and implement a tailored treatment and recovery plan. This plan
can include detoxification, rehabilitation, out-patient counseling services,
Counselors understand the need for confidentiality.
They are social workers who operate under a code of ethics enforced by
provincial legislation and the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers.
If you are not yet ready to get help, there
are self-help books available so you can determine if you have a problem.
There are Regional
Addiction Services in all health regions of New Brunswick. Program
delivery varies between regions, but each region offers detoxification,
out patient, and wellness.