Addiction

To All My Tiny Addictions

Emelia Symington Fedy | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Emelia Symington Fedy

Having bipolar disorder is starting to be considered a plus if you're an artist. Gonzo journalists are writing about their trip to Peru to take Ayahuasca to treat their Schizophrenia. Stars are outing themselves about their previous Oxycodin abuse, and I'm starting to think "is it becoming cool to be an addict?"

Addressing The Major Drivers Of Opioid Misuse And Overdose

Vivian Tam | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Vivian Tam

There are many reasons to explain the overuse of opioids, and as future physicians, we are aware that inappropriate prescribing practices are a clear and studied culprit. Yet for many of our patients across the country, there is more to the story.

UBC Scientists Engineer Mice That Can't Get Addicted To Cocaine

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Rieger | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada British Columbia

It has to do with a protein in the brain.

What Do Addicts, Serial Killers And Billionaires Have In Common?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

What all these people share is the fact that their actions are driven by a powerful need within them. And interestingly, although the choices they make in trying to satisfy this need might be very different, each one of them has the exact same need.

Dealing With Canada's Rising Opioid Problem

Kim Rutherford | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada
Kim Rutherford

Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse. As fentanyl-related overdoses are gripping the country, there is a connected, but separate crisis of doctor-prescribed opioids being increasingly used on a regular, long-term basis.

Mary Tyler Moore Opened Up About Her 'Debilitating' Alcoholism

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living

The iconic actress died Wednesday.

Choosing To Move Forward

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada
Jean-Paul Bedard

I am an elite athlete, and I'm known for running insanely long distances, and for brushing up against the limits of human endurance. But over the past...

Community-Based Programs Can Help Reduce Male Suicide

John Oliffe | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
John Oliffe

In Canada, men account for three out of every four suicides -- with seven men dying by suicide every day. And the risk is even greater for gay and bisexual men, who are four times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual men. Which isn't surprising since they also experience higher levels of harassment, discrimination in the workplace and are more likely to be the victims of violent crime.

A False Sense Of Security

Jackie B. Hamilton | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada
Jackie B. Hamilton

Our voyage here on earth is not an easy one, I agree. For some, it is more of a descent into hell than a cruise on the Mediterranean. At times, it i...

'Get Ready' For Fentanyl, Toronto: Vancouver Mayor

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada

"We have an epidemic, the data's showing it's getting worse."

10-Month-Old Baby Revived After Ingesting Fentanyl

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.02.2017 | Canada

The Department of Children and Families says it has taken custody of the baby.

Eating While Watching TV A Formula For Weight Problems

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

And it is not just the after-hours routine that's disconcerting. Staying fixated on computers or smart phones practically all day long is commonplace for many. As a consequence, distracted eating has become the norm rather than the exception in many people's lives.

11 Overdose Deaths Overnight Trigger Urgent B.C. Warning

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"It's desperate times in Vancouver."

You're Not Alone On Your Journey To Quit Smoking

Susan Winship | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Winship

As all smokers know, quitting is challenging and terrifying. It took 25 years of my doctor insisting I quit, before I was able to successfully stop smoking. I tried everything, including cold turkey and prescription medication; nothing worked. I knew I wanted to change my life around for the better.

Why I Choose To Be Grateful The Morning After The U.S. Election

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Like many people around the world, I too, felt the shock waves of the election and Donald Trump being elected as the 45th President of the United States. Many of us are in disbelief that someone so brash and caustic is set to become the leader of the most powerful country on the planet. Yet, here I sit at my computer feeling grateful... Grateful that I'm an addict in recovery.

Sometimes It Takes A Friend For Men To Break Through Stigma

Leah Morrigan | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

That men have higher rates of addiction than women do is not surprising, as men's social and emotional experience is rooted in what could be regarded as an abusive system which gives men only one emotional outlet (anger) and social expectations to uphold a masculine tradition that serves only the antiquated system that created it.

​4 Tips For Using Your Brain To Calm Pain

Beth Darnall | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Beth Darnall

The most frequently overlooked pathway to pain relief is the patient. There are powerful cognitive behavioural skills that the everyday patient can begin putting to immediate use for personal pain relief. Calming your nervous system is the key to reduction of pain, distress, and suffering.

Opioid Crisis Should Be At The Top Of The Federal Health Agenda

Tara Gomes | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Tara Gomes

Hundreds of codeine tablets stolen from the medicine cabinet of an elderly person living alone in a rural community. Hydromorphone tablets being distributed at weddings and high school parties. Fentanyl patches being cut up and sold for a profit on the street. This is the reality of the opioid crisis in Canada today.

Canada Now Allows Prescription Heroin

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada

Supervised heroin therapy is used in several countries, including Switzerland.

Liberals Should Repeal Harper Law On Safe Injection Sites: Advocates

CBC | CBC News | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Politics

There's demand across the country for supervised injection.

Ogling For Profit In Vancouver's DTES Is Socially Irresponsible

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah E. Leamon

The "Socially Responsible Van" tour is, to be blunt, completely and totally irresponsible. The tour capitalizes on and monetizes the misfortune of others. It lumps all residents of the Downtown Eastside into the same dismissive, downtrodden boat of addiction, poverty and illness.

If Nothing Ever Changed, There Would Be No Butterflies

Candace Plattor | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Candace Plattor

When I reached the bottom with my own addiction to pot and prescription drugs almost 30 years ago, I too realized that I had to change my life or I would die. I knew that I didn't really want to die, but that I couldn't go on living the way I was at that point. I had grown quite tired of being a caterpillar, though I had no idea how to become a butterfly.

Should We Pay People Not To Take Drugs?

Bill Bogart | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

The War on Drugs has been a failure, and soon enough using drugs will shift from a criminal to a public health issue. But what if we paid people not to engage in harmful consumption? If we rewarded them for stopping damaging use? Couldn't the savings in all manner of costs greatly outweigh the comparatively small expense of any incentive?

My Friend's Crack Addiction Showed Me No One Is Invincible

Warsame Abdulkadir | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Warsame Abdulkadir

I had a good friend of mine become a drug addict. Crack specifically. I never imagined he'd be using it in a million years, but life has a funny way of showing you that anything is possible. He was a natural born hustler. He sold dope at school, at parties and pretty much wherever he could make a buck.

Limiting Opioids Alone Is Not A Sustainable Pain Care Plan

Beth Darnall | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Beth Darnall

As a pain psychologist, I share patients' concerns about limiting opioids without providing access to alternatives. Ethical pain care should emphasize first the programs and initiatives that empower individuals to best control their own pain. When people are equipped to help themselves feel better, they need fewer doctors and treatments.