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Breaking Free

Breaking Free from Substance Use 

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What is Breaking Free?

Breaking Free from Substance Use is an evidence-based digital behaviour change program that allows people to recognize and actively address the psychological and lifestyle issues that are driving their use of alcohol and/or drugs, so helping to support their recovery. Based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and other proven therapeutic approaches, the program gives people a comprehensive toolkit of resources, positive coping strategies and proven behaviour change techniques to support their long-term recovery.

Who is Breaking Free suitable for?

Breaking Free is suitable for anyone whose life is being significantly affected, or whose health is being damaged, by their drinking or use of drugs. It enables people to address their dependence on alcohol or any type of drug. It is equally effective for people who want to reduce their drinking or drug use to less harmful levels or those who need to stop completely because their substance use has become severe. It can strengthen every stage of the recovery journey, from initial engagement and motivation through active intervention to supporting people’s long-term recovery.

What is the cost of Breaking Free?

Breaking Free is free to those who use it, but they need a Service Code to set up an account unless they live in Ontario, where residents can use their postal code instead. You can get your Service Code from your PAARC counsellor.

How do I know the program works?

Breaking Free contains a structured and clinically validated assessment and a wide range of evidence-based psychosocial interventions and behaviour change techniques.

From the initial development of the program to the present day, extensive research has been conducted into its effectiveness across a wide range of settings. This research follows the UK Medical Research Council framework for the development and evaluation of complex healthcare interventions (Craig et al., 2008), and the Royal Society guidelines for evaluating novel interventions (Wallach et al., 2006; Wallach, 2011).

To learn more about this research, visit www.breakingfreegroup.com/research.

Can I review the EULA and Privacy Policy?

You can review the latest versions of these terms at any time by clicking on the links below:

  • End User License Agreement
  • Privacy and Cookies Policy
  • If you are a resident of Ontario, Acknowledgement and Notice for Users in Ontario

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PAARC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), national origin (ancestry), Canadian citizenship status, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and involuntary termination of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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