Alcohol Addiction

My Years Of Alcoholism Gave Way To Mental Illness (BOOK EXCERPT)

Mike Pond | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Pond

I claw at the head of the stinky, stained mattress, hanging on to life and wishing for death. The room is dark and claustrophobic. But not dark enough. My eyes refuse to stay closed. They burn and sting. My jaw aches continuously from anxious teeth-grinding. Normally, this far along in withdrawal, I'm through feeling hyper-anxious and hyper-vigilant. This time is different and frightening. I cannot sleep. If I do, I'll suffocate.

Addicts Don't Need InSite, They Need Support

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada
Kathryn Marshall

Last week's controversy over Health Canada's funding of a program to give heroin to select addicts is like déjà vu. It's an awful lot like the conflicts the federal government has had with similar drug programs over the years. The Insite supervised injection clinic in Vancouver's renowned Downtown Eastside is the most famous example, where addicts can go to inject heroin under the supervision of nurses. Centres likes these are sometimes called "safe injection" sites, which is truly an oxymoron considering that these harmful drugs are anything but safe.

How I Narrowly Avoided Self-Medication

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

I was crashed on the couch, looking at the bottle of wine sitting on the sideboard. Thinking. It had been a rough day. I had felt the darkness coming on earlier and the thought of going into the abyss, again, was just too much. I couldn't face it again. I anticipated the oncoming exhaustion, the downward spiral and did not want to go there. The wine was looking good. And so was the thought of morphine. One hit and I would be in another place. It was a brief moment, but I knew as the thought of medicating myself flew through my head, that I was in trouble.

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 ...

How to Recognize Alcoholism

Everyday Health | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Living

By Linda Foster, MA, Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH When someone you know has a drinking problem, you might wonder at what point he ...

Vodka Tampons And 'Butt Chugging' Reported Among Teens

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada Living

It would appear that nobody wants to use their mouth anymore to get drunk. Much to their parents' dismay, teens have long been known to secretly c...