Anyone who has struggled with addiction themselves or know someone who has is all too aware that it can wreak havoc on your life and the lives of those around you. Addiction can appear to change someone from a loving and caring person into someone who is unrecognizable even to themselves. Addiction can lead to feelings of hopelessness, self-loathing and debilitating shame. Many people who struggle with addiction feel overwhelmed and powerless to change addictive behaviour and they watch in shock as their lives spin out of control.

Addiction and the treatment for it are generally not well understood by society. Addictions are not caused by a lack of willpower. Addictions can be caused and maintained by a variety of factors including, biology, exposure and trauma.

Keep in mind these important points:

1) Addictions are more common than people think and they can be mild to severe in nature.

2) There are a variety of internal and external factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of an addiction.

3) Recovery from addiction is possible and it requires support, hard work and determination.

How We Treat Addiction

At Exhale Therapy we utilize the latest evidence-based approaches to help people recover from addictions. Because addictions are multi-faceted in nature we use a combined approach to treat them. Grounded in the spirit of harm reduction Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) combined are considered the gold standard for effectively treating addictions. In addition to MI and CBT, we offer education and information to help people develop an understanding of the physiology of addiction and learn skills to effectively cope with cravings to prevent relapse and get their lives back on track as soon as possible.

If you are in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas and interested in getting started, call us at 226-338-4158 or email at to get started on the road to recovery.

Want to learn more? Check out these great Canadian resources:

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction -

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) -