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Chris Curry

Registered Psychotherapist, Author

Chris Curry is the author of Completely in Blue: Dispatches from the Edge of Insanity, an intense and revealing memoir that explores drug-induced psychosis and major depression during the formative teenage years.

He has worked as a Registered Psychotherapist, Addictions Counsellor and School Based Counsellor.

He is currently completing an Honours degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Concentration in Psychology) at Carleton University with plans to work in the federal prison system upon graduation.

You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.
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How Canada Tortures Its Prisoners

We love to pat ourselves on the back up here in Canada and tell the world how progressive are we, but can we even claim to be progressive when we are, by definition of the United Nations, torturing our own citizens?
01/03/2017 07:47 EST
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Why Isn't Psychotherapy Covered By Health Care?

In terms of health care, we have it pretty good. If you are unfortunately diagnosed with cancer, most, if not all of your treatment will be paid for. If you break your leg, you can go to the ER and get a cast and leave without a bill. If you require surgery, the government will pay for that too. But what if your issue isn't physical? What if what's holding you back in life is a mental concern? Well, then you're kind of out of luck.
04/06/2016 04:36 EDT
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As an Addiction Therapist, I Think Rob Ford Needs Help

When the news finally broke about the alleged crack video being in the hands of the Toronto Police, the addiction therapist in me saw it as a blessing in disguise for Mr. Ford. I recall thinking "maybe now he will stop this charade, get the help he needs and get his life back on track." I don't know Mr. Ford personally. But what I do know is that his behaviour of late is very indicative of an alcoholic or a drug addict. If he's serious about wanting to remain in office, I think it is irresponsible of him to pretend as though everything is fine. It's not fine, and I base that only on what has come out publicly. I can't even imagine what we don't know about.
11/04/2013 05:35 EST
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Ignoring Canada's Homelessness Won't Make It Go Away

They are typically from impoverished families, where addiction, neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse were prominent. They usually do not have a high school diploma. Most of them started abusing drugs and alcohol between the ages of 11 and 15, as an escape from the neglect and abuse that they were suffering at home.
10/16/2013 08:33 EDT
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Bill C-54 Makes Criminals out of the Mentally Ill

With Bill C-54, if you are deemed to be "high risk not criminally responsible," you will be held for a minimum of three years before you ever have the chance to see a review board. As someone who has not only been a patient in three separate psychiatric hospitals in Ontario, but has also worked in forensic psychiatric institutions, I know that they aren't always the best places to get better. With proper treatment, I was healthy again and posed no threat to the public within a few months. Had I been forced to remain in hospital for three years, I likely wouldn't be the productive, law-abiding citizen that I am today.
04/30/2013 05:33 EDT