Addiction

Portland Hotel Society Needs Clearer Eyes, Sharper Minds

Candace Plattor | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

I'm hoping that whoever takes over for the executive director -- and for his other cronies who believe in their own sense of righteous importance and entitlement -- will look again at these programs with clearer eyes and sharper minds. I truly hope we will soon see some positive changes in this long-running DTES agency that has served a lot of needy people.

Crack Pipe Vending Machines? Are You Kidding Me?

Candace Plattor | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

In my lengthy experience with addiction, both as a practicing addict and as a professional therapist, I've seen that controlled drinking and/or using just doesn't work because, as we who work in this field well know, addiction is a progressive condition that becomes worse over time.

Warning: Always Take a Columnist's Advice at Your Own Risk

Ilia Blinderman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Ilia Blinderman

Having a column does not a medical expert make, and we would be wise to keep abreast of our ignorance -- both as journalists and news consumers. Addiction does not care whether you take to its labels or not. It may not give you a choice.

Why Smoking 'Skunk' Cannabis May Lead to Early Psychosis

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

They also found that patients who started smoking cannabis at age 15 or younger preferred to smoke high-potency "skunk" cannabis rather than lower potency "hash" type cannabis. The earliest onset of psychotic episodes occurred in males who have been smoking high-potency cannabis on a daily basis -- on average, their first psychotic episode occurred six years earlier than for non-users.

Rob Ford Should Be Sorry About His Apology

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Ford apologized for his alleged actions in the crack video scandal on Saturday, but his apology left a lot of people angry and confused. Where others want him to apologize for his shenanigans regarding drugs and drinking, I want him to explain and apologize for his consistent, uncaring attitude towards his office, his city, and the people who live here.

Rob Ford Has the Right to Deal With His Issues in Private

Arthur Gallant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Arthur Gallant

Since it was revealed Ford was allegedly smoking from a crack pipe in a video that the public has yet to see, some have been calling for Ford to take a leave of absence or resign. I get that Ford's conduct is raising eyebrows, but if it goes beyond stupidity then it isn't up to us to diagnose him. At the same time this is something that many people choose to undergo privately -- we need to respect those that make that choice.

Is Someone You Know Showing These Signs of Internet Addiction?

Marlene Russell | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Marlene Russell

Internet use can stimulate the production of dopamine and endorphins. It is capable of providing a high, just like alcohol or cigarettes, and breaking a bad Internet habit can be just as difficult. And no matter what site is being overused, we see similar addictive behaviour patterns leading to real-world dysfunctions in all overuse scenarios.

Homelessness: A National Crisis

Ward Draper | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ward Draper

Homelessness is a national crisis. It affects every Canadian directly. It is time to be bold and courageous, to seek out alternative solutions and radical options. We must take risks and find new ways to work together to bring our nation to a better place where everyone is valued and cared for regardless of circumstance or choice.

Confessions of a Scanaholic

David Martin | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
David Martin

Hi. My name is Dave and I'm a scanaholic. Like most addicts, my illness started innocently enough. One day after going through the grocery checkout line, I happened to look at my receipt and noticed that I had been overcharged for a sale-priced jar of peanut butter.

Confessions of a Sugar Addict

Kiesha James | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Living
Kiesha James

You make me feel better. You're there for me. You do not judge me. But then I crash. I struggle to be honest with the problem. I see 205 flash before me. 175. 190. 130. 145. 150. 140. The fluctuations indicative that the real issue is not me and not you, but the abuse. Hello, I am a sugar addict.

Does Katie Couric's Signature Reveal Her Eating Disorder?

Annette Poizner | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

Note how she loyally reproduces the copybook script she learned in school and, in so doing, shows us that, first and foremost, she values fitting in. Such writers, amiable and good-natured, easily lapse into people-pleasing. And they often harbor secret self-negating habits designed to help them keep insecurities at bay.

7 Celebrities Who Have Faced Addictions

Everyday Health | Erin Hicks | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada Living

By Erin Hicks, Everyday Health Staff Writer Former America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss shocked fans when she appeared on Dr. Phil ...

Making Your Addictions Work for You

Ken Rabow | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Almost everyone you know is addicted to something. Whether their addiction is coffee, jogging, or something less socially acceptable, addictions are a way of life for many people. So, how do you take these passions and make them become something generative; something that improves your quality of life?

Wall Street's Drug Problems

Diane Francis | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

There is a concern about a link between substance abuse and fluctuations on the Borsa Italiana, but what is even more worrisome is the fact that stock markets themselves are behaving like addicts. They are unbelievably volatile and fluctuate in a matter of seconds and minutes almost daily.

Addicted to Porn

Josey Vogels | Posted 12.18.2011 | Canada Living
Josey Vogels

Like any other "addiction," I think a porn or sex addiction has more to do with our own abilities to cope and achieve healthy, interpersonal sexual and emotional relationships.

Who Really Lost At The Supreme Court

David Gratzer | Posted 12.01.2011 | Canada
David Gratzer

Walk around the inner-city of Vancouver, and the painful reality is clear. The parks are still strewn with needles; addicts are still lying on the sidewalks in drug-induced hazes; death is everywhere. I'm hoping to be proven wrong, but I suspect that in a decade, despite Insite's zealous staff working away, the problems will remain.

Food Addiction: What Are We Searching For?

Melissa Ramos | Posted 10.09.2011 | Canada
Melissa Ramos

From heartbreak to frustrations, many of us run to food to fill a void or feed our anger so much so that North America is facing an obesity epidemic -- an addiction to food in its own right. Maybe we can find love and comfort with whole foods.

The Death of Amy Winehouse and the Failure of Rehab

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

It's incredibly sad that Amy Winehouse didn't live to see her 30th birthday. Some people are saying that it was inevitable she'd die from her addictio...