Stop Alcohol TM

Quit drinking effectively

Overcoming an addiction to alcohol can be a long and bumpy road. At times, it may even feel impossible. But it’s not. If you’re ready to stop drinking and willing to get the support you need, you can recover from alcoholism and alcohol abuse—no matter how bad the addiction or how powerless you feel. You don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom; you can make a change at any time.

At Stop Centres, we believe quitting drinking is a process. It requires the active involvement of your body and mind. We support you physically and mentally along the way.

Our soft laser auriculotherapy is a therapeutic method that combines ancient wisdom and state-of-the-art modern soft laser technology. The micro vibrations of the low level laser beam stimulate selected acupoints on the outer ears. The stimulation activates the secretion of certain neurotransmitters (such as endorphin, serotonin, and dopamine) in the brain, which helps you regain your biological balance and reduces withdrawal symptoms you may experience upon quitting.

Getting informed

Basic knowledge of Alcohol drinking

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug. It affects your senses, thoughts, emotions and behaviour. In Canada, the most commonly used drug is alcohol.

  • 80% of the alcohol drunk by Canadians is in the form of beer.
  • The legal drinking age in all provinces and territories of Canada is 19 except for Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta where it is 18.
  • A standard drink contains 13.6 g of alcohol. Standard drinks are:
    • 355 ml (12 ounce) can of 5% beer
    • 146 ml (5 ounce) glass of 10% to 12% wine
    • 44 ml (1.5 ounce) of 40% hard liquor or spirits
    • All of the above standard drinks have the same amount of alcohol in them.
  • Heavy drinking means you drink too much on one occasion or over a long period of time. It can lead to liver, brain and nerve damage as well as alcohol addiction.
  • Short-term heavy drinking is sometimes referred to as binge drinking. It is linked to alcohol poisoning, violent and non-violent injuries, and aggression.
  • It takes about 90 minutes for your body to absorb and eliminate one standard drink. The exact time depends on factors such as:
    • how much you weigh;
    • whether you are male or female;
    • the strength of your drinks;
    • how old you are;
    • your drinking history.

Facts of Alcohol

  • Alcohol abuse results in 2.5 million deaths each year.
  • Alcohol is the world’s third largest risk factor for premature mortality, disability and loss of health.
  • Alcohol is associated with many serious social and developmental issues, including violence, child neglect and abuse, and absenteeism in the workplace.
  • Alcohol causes harm far beyond the physical and psychological health of the drinker. It harms the well-being and health of people around the drinker.
  • An intoxicated person can harm others or put them at risk of traffic accidents or violent behaviour, or negatively affect co-workers, relatives, friends or strangers.

Diseases induced directly by alcohol drinking

  • Anemia
  • Cancer (mouth, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), esophagus, liver, breast, and colorectal region).
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cirrhosis (liver damage)
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Gout
  • High blood pressure
  • Infectious disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Pancreatitis

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Our treatment programs:

In order to choose the right treatment program, you need to know what problems you have. There are two kinds of problem drinkers: people with harmful use of alcohol and people who are dependent on alcohol.

Alcohol harmful user (alcohol abuse drinker): drink despite recurrent social, interpersonal, and legal problems as a result of alcohol use. Harmful use implies alcohol use that causes either physical or mental damage.

Alcohol dependent user: meet all of the criteria of alcohol abuse, but they will also exhibit some or all of the following:

  • Alcohol tolerance (having to drink increasing amounts to achieve previous effects);
  • Withdrawal symptoms (getting physical symptoms after going a short period without drinking);
  • Drinking to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms (such as drinking to stop the shakes or to "cure" a hangover).
  • Subjective awareness of the compulsion to drink or craving for alcohol (whether they admit it to others or not);
  • A return to drinking after a period of abstinence (deciding to quit drinking and not being able to follow through);
  • Narrowing of the drinking repertoire (drinking only one brand or type of alcoholic beverage).

Our Treatment Programs:

for harmful drinking:

if you are a harmful user of alcohol, and you need help, try this one!

for alcohol dependence:

If you are dependent to alcohol, it is right for you!

with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine):

if you suffer from other health issues (all sorts of pains, depression, anxiety, insomnia…), which makes quitting hard for you; we are right here to help!

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