About Us

Who we are

Health Upwardly Mobile Inc., (HUM) is an Integrated Health and Wellness company based in Calgary, Alberta. Our team includes a variety of healthcare providers including nurses, physicians, and psychologists. HUM offers personal and corporate services, as well as training and workshops on topics related to Addiction, Mental Health, and Chronic Pain.

HUM’s unique strength is our ability to draw on individual and collaborative expertise to provide tailored individual care within an Integrated Continuing Care Framework. For all new referrals, this involves a comprehensive assessment to identify the individual’s physical and/or mental health issues. We also recognize the importance of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual dimensions for individuals and their families. Our work reflects collaborative strategies, preventive resources and leading edge research in the areas of Addiction, Mental Health and Chronic Pain.

Treatment, recovery and rehabilitation recommendations will focus on returning the individual to a state of “wellness” as soon as possible. Recommendations will be designed to ensure the earliest return to work and/or healthy living within the capabilities of each individual.

Our Mission Statement

HUM will inspire and support individuals and families in addressing life challenges. We assist organizations to optimize health outcomes, well-being and productivity in ways that are innovative and promote partnerships among providers and individuals.

What HUM Means

HUM means “we” or “us” in Hindi. We have chosen this acronym to also convey the meaning that we are stronger and more effective together….. “Together we can”!

Trust Recovery

  • T - ruthfulness
  • R - espect
  • U - nderstand
  • S - upport
  • T - ransformation
  • R - espect
  • E - mpathy
  • C - ompassion
  • O - pen Mindedness
  • V - ision
  • E - quanimity
  • R - esilience
  • Y - es to life!

Core Values

  • R - esilience
  • E - mpathy
  • A - ppreciation
  • C - ompassion
  • H - umility

What people are saying

“I really appreciated the professionalism of all the staff. The environment and the people are very welcoming”

IOP Participant

“I am convinced this is the single most important program I have and ever will attend. Phenomenal!”

IOP Participant

“I’m so impressed with how [Paige] and Dr. Hajela SO understand addiction, and how to help me see the blind spots, release some shame (or at least see it!), gain insight and connect with actually FEELING what is going on with me and how the disease shows up for me ….so amazing… Thank-you very much.”

Anonymous

“[The IOP] was an amazing opportunity. I liked the topics that were covered and the group therapy.”

Anonymous

“[For the IOP] I liked the balance of education, self-care, and sharing. I really like the ongoing discussion in the education sessions and sharing during this time, as well as in group [therapy]”

Anonymous

“[The IOP] was great-not just for recovery, but for life”

Anonymous

“[IOP] group was great for opening up and constructive feedback”

Anonymous Evaluation Form

“[The IOP was] informative, interactive and entertaining. Keep up the great work!”

Anonymous Evaluation Form

“Thank you for the very excellent group [therapy session]. The small change in perspective of my communication is making waves.”

Anonymous

“The newsletter sent to me was a reminder to thank you for your weekly video messages. They are quick but helpful bits of info which give you food for thought! Keep them coming!”

Anonymous

“The Family weekend [of the IOP] was incredible for me personally.  Thank you many times over for this wonderful opportunity.”

Anonymous

The mixture of practical information and reassurances make this essential reading for patients and their loved ones.

With their first book, Addiction Is Addiction, Raju Hajela, Sue Newton, and Paige Abbott aim to foster “more open and honest dialogues about the role of Addiction in society, without stigma or judgment.” This comprehensive, well-organized guide discusses the features of addictive thinking and feeling, suggests holistic recovery methods, and offers useful definitions, diagrams, and case studies.

The authors are affiliated with Health Upwardly Mobile Inc., a health and wellness company based in Calgary, Alberta. Tracing the history of addiction back to the eighteenth century, when it was first known as “alcoholic disease syndrome,” they present an expert view of the disease’s symptoms and outlook. By stressing that addiction is a “chronic brain disease” rather than a “moral failing or personal weakness,” they evince a compassionate perspective that will encourage patients and their family members to examine their emotions and take a proactive, spiritual approach to recovery.

Addiction is influenced by both genetics and environment, the former accounting for perhaps 50 to 60 percent of incidence. Trauma does not cause it, but can aggravate it. Although the book is full of such relevant background details, the facts never become overwhelming thanks to the variety of materials included. Intriguing case studies, most of them narrated in first person, are set in italics, and diagrams and tables illustrate patients’ likely feelings, relationship roles, and recovery stages. Reading this should be an interactive experience, what with self-assessment questions and affirmations, a journaling template, and a recovery activities checklist with a sample schedule. Extensive endnotes and bibliography plus a helpful glossary provide ample resources for further research, and chapter summaries will ensure that all the take-home messages sink in.

Sometimes the book goes into too much detail for laymen. However, this means that it can be used by professionals as well as patients. An appendix on chakras seems out of place, even with the book’s focus on spiritual means of recovery. The authors have also made the unusual decision to always capitalize Addiction, “to emphasize that it is a proper noun and the name of a serious disease.” That’s as may be, but in practice it can look like a repeated typing mistake. Information appears to be specific to North America, especially when it comes to funding limitations and patient advocacy, but the general principles of care should be applicable worldwide.

This book is strongly recommended to those who have participated in groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. The mixture of practical information and reassurances will make it essential reading for patients and their loved ones.

Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book and paid a small fee to have his/her book reviewed by a professional reviewer. Foreword Reviews and Clarion Review make no guarantee that the author will receive a positive review. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Rebecca Foster, Foreward Reviews

Three health care professionals present an approach to treating addiction as a disease having both physical and psychological components.

In this debut health book, Hajela, Newton, and Abbott address the challenges of addiction from a holistic medical and social perspective. The book opens with an explanation of addiction—which the authors capitalize throughout, part of their effort to mitigate the stigma associated with the word—as a condition that impairs the functions of the brain. They address the physical and behavioral symptoms associated with it, using pathology as a framework for understanding and treating addiction. Without blaming the patient for developing the condition in the first place, the book attempts to acknowledge the role of personal responsibility in managing a condition often attributed to individual shortcomings. The authors address medical treatments that can be effective for some forms of addiction, like alcohol and opiates, as well as the role of psychotherapy in treating underlying psychological problems and combating the thought patterns that lead to addiction behaviors. While much of the book is aimed at people dealing with addiction, later chapters discuss the roles of friends and family and treatment providers, along with strategies each group can employ in supporting the patient. For the most part, the book advocates a balanced, reasonable approach to dealing with addiction in its many forms, drawing on research and standard practices developed by mainstream organizations. As a result, it is disconcerting when the text introduces energy healing as a component of treatment: “It is important to understand that when people are out of balance in any of the energy centres, or chakras, people run at either a higher or lower level of energy.” Although an appendix explains the concept of chakras in more detail, energy healing is not essential to the book’s mission, and skeptics will still find it a useful resource for developing an approach to treating both the mental and physical aspects of addiction and understanding it as a chronic disease.

Comprehensive approach to treating addiction as a condition affecting both mind and body.

Kirkus Indie

I have found HUM very supportive and non-judgmental, yet I have been challenged every step of the way. The spiritual, emotional, social, and intellectual teaching has been clear and consistent but never forced.

Calgary, AB

My experience has been mainly positive for the most part. Anything negative or perceived as negative, I have been able to discuss with staff and it is professionally dealt with.

Calgary, AB

I value my weekly [group therapy] sessions at HUM greatly. My personal experience there means more to me than I can describe in one paragraph. It helps me really understand my recovery and my life when sometimes I feel that everything is lost or in a state of confusion.

Calgary, AB

I was very fortunate to hear about HUM and then become a patient. I may well have averted death if I did not receive the guidance and support of HUM. Having the backing of HUM as I returned to work and went off again was invaluable. Dr. Hajela listened to me and had the knowledge and understanding that gave me the confidence to be patient in my early recovery. I was never judged though I expected to be. I am grateful beyond words for the help I received in battling my addiction.

Calgary, AB

Very professional , discreet, and honestly committed to helping people in recovery.

Calgary, AB

Thought provoking sessions that focus particularly on my addiction. Understanding a problem and all of the subtleties that come with it are crucial to my recovery.

Calgary, AB

I felt very safe and comfortable and I felt truly cared for by the staff and never judged

Calgary, AB

[The HUM IOP] was great, I learnt so much

Calgary, AB

I am very satisfied with the services I receive at HUM. I feel that I am recognized and acknowledged by the staff…I feel very comfortable coming to HUM and appreciate the team approach. In closing, I must say that I feel very supported by the professionals at HUM.

Calgary, AB

The HUM group is a great asset for any person struggling with addiction as well as the complicated issues that surround them.

Calgary, AB

I really like how open the staff are. They are easy to connect with and talk to.

Calgary, AB

The IOP is awesome! This was life changing for me

Calgary, AB

I appreciate the attitude that recovery is approached with

Calgary, AB

The IOP provides fantastic support and the feeling that problems are manageable, there is hope in recovery, and it is never too late to seek help

Calgary, AB

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