Canada Alcoholism

Could Canadian Alcoholics Finally Get A Cure?

David Leonhardt | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
David Leonhardt

A startup based in British Columbia is offering Canadians a new, and effective, way to combat alcoholism. It flies in the face of Alcoholics Anonymous' "cold turkey" method, which has been shown to have a sucess rate between 5 and 10 per cent. There's just one catch: You need to keep drinking.

The Message In A Bottle Needs To Change

Lianne Castelino | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

I'm not saying having a drink should be a punishable offence. I am saying that as a society and as individuals, we tend to be rather cavalier about our general attitude towards alcohol. Nonchalant about the powerful impact it can have on one's faculties, decision-making and motor skills, among other things.

I No Longer Comfort Myself By Believing Alcohol Is Good For Me

Carli Stephens-Rothman | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Carli Stephens-Rothman

As a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, feelings of remorse exist frequently in the wake of nostalgia. I'm told that, with time, nostalgia and remorse will undergo a kind of mitosis, and begin to occupy different spaces in my consciousness. Until then, they are forced to coexist, making Memory Lane feel more like an unlit back alley.

You Weren't Born To Pay Off Debt And Die

Cait Flanders | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Cait Flanders

What you don't have to do forever is live with debt. You don't have to spend every month calculating how much you can afford to put towards debt repayment, while continuing to use credit, and staying in the never-ending cycle of borrowing money and trying to pay it back. It's not an easy cycle to get out of; I know that firsthand.

I've Gone From Recovering Alcoholic To Sober Shepherd

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I'm coming up to my 19th anniversary of becoming clean and sober, and this time of the year for me is typically a moment of reflection. I'm still not sure how I went from standing alone on a subway platform with the intention of taking my life 20 years ago, to standing in front of an audience of 200 people looking to me for guidance and hope.

Coffee Can Do A Body Good After Drinking Booze

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living

We suddenly have a new appreciation for Irish coffees.

Here's How You Can Help Someone Facing Alcohol Addiction

Allan McDougall | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Allan McDougall

If anyone you care about is struggling, it's so important to let them know you care and are there for them. These conversations aren't easy, but if you need to determine if you or a loved one has an alcohol addiction, the 20-questions assessment from Johns Hopkins University is a strong indication of a drinking problem.

The Secret Pain Of Caretakers

Lenora Thompson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

Staring up at the constellation Orion on a crisp winter's night, I wonder how much longer I can bear the pain. The pain of watching my husband cringe ...

Running From Trauma Led Me To A Life Of Advocacy

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For my entire life, I've been on the run -- at first it was as a child, "running away" from the violent and daily physical abuse that took place behind closed doors in my home. From that moment onward, I kept everything inside of me, and around me, off in the distance. And thus began many years of escape that came in the form of a destructive alcohol and drug addiction.

Revealing I Was Sexually Abused Lost Me The Mother I Never Had

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After what feels like a lifetime of battling drug and alcohol addiction, and my own tenuous mental health issues, three years ago -- at the age of 47 -- I finally found the strength to tell my wife and adult son that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Like too many other survivors of childhood sexual violence who decide to go public with their disclosure, I have lost contact with my mother and my siblings as a result. If you really want to know how to destroy an already fragile soul, take away the one thing that a survivor of sexual violence needs most -- connection, which equates as validation and worthiness.

Employees Affected By The Recession Are Drinking More

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

Employees dealing with job insecurity, high workloads and general workplace stress may resort to alcohol as a form of self-medication. Though fear of losing their job may cause workers to be more careful not to allow alcohol use to affect their work, the Great Recession is linked to greater alcohol use for those who are still employed.

Finding Grace In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

It has taken me almost my entire lifetime to realize that what I thought was the "worst of me", was in fact the "best of me". And all those years I spent escaping to the margins of society have been a beautiful blessing in disguise.

2016 Is The Year I Kick My Addiction To Work

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Last night, my husband spoke the three most terrifying words in the English language. "Take a break." I was horrified. My blood ran cold. "But, but..." "No buts about it. Take the day off. Why don't you have some fun?" he suggested, smiling. Fun? Fun!? I drew a blank. And that's when I knew I had a problem.

Bring The Human Toll Of Addiction To Light

Allan McDougall | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Allan McDougall

Addiction is misunderstood, and it leaves those suffering from the condition stigmatized. Society makes the assumption that an addict has a personal problem, not a medical one.

Finding Your Way Back From Sexual Violence

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I want you to see the 'real' me -- a man who has been running his entire life, a man who has travelled so far, only to come back to himself. My name is Jean-Paul, and I am a survivor of sexual violence, but I am so much more than that. I am a husband. I am a father. I am a writer. I am an elite athlete. I am an advocate for survivors all around the world.

This Is How I'm Climbing Out Of Addiction

Street Haven | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada
Street Haven

I'm one of those alcoholics who became an alcoholic from my first drink. My life truly went downhill from there. I made bad decisions, made myself a bad reputation and drank more to ease my depression. Having alienated myself from people to stop them from witnessing this mess I was, I started to drink alone. I would binge for days at a time. Enough drinks in me would get me into the beds of complete strangers. It would not be considered consensual in a legal sense with my state of intoxication, thinking back to it now. The guilt and shame overwhelmed me. I had to keep myself intoxicated to keep my depression and anxiety at bay.

The Beauty in Missing

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.23.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I love the subtlety and ambiguity of words, and that no doubt had a lot to do with why I taught English for 23 years, and why I am now pursuing a care...

Fat, Chain-Smoking, Beer-Swilling Men Are Costing Canada HUGE

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living

Newfoundland and Labrador have the highest proportion of smokers. Quebec, the drinkers.

Recovering From Addiction Means Learning to Live With it

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Within the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous, the word "recovered" comes up at lot, and come to think of it, why wouldn't it? Many an addict latches on to that idea as a desperate lifeline of hope. I, on the other hand, have grown to embrace the fact that until the day I die, I will be a recovering alcoholic. I long ago decided to make peace with this disease, but that in no way makes me immune to feeling frustrated and angry by the circumstances surrounding my relationship with the addiction.

Becoming a Mother Saved Me From Alcoholism

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

Giving up drinking for nine months was easy. It was a no brainer. Plus I was so nauseous I don't think I could have had a drink even if I had wanted to. But here's the kicker. I've officially given up alcohol. For good. My son is almost one year old and I'm coming up to two years sober.

Is it All or Nothing For You?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I just finished reading Gretchen Rubin's latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits of Our Everyday Lives in which she puts forth the argum...

Once I Stopped Drinking I Fell, Upwards, Into Life

Keeley Milne | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I don't want to tell you the story of my drunkenness. You've heard it before, or seen it before, or a version of it. It is not unique. I don't have a tale to weave for you of bizarre miracles and angels and heavenly choirs. I want to tell you of simple amazement. I fell, upwards. I fell into a life, once I stopped shaking and twitching and seeing things and vomiting. This has not just been a sobriety lesson, but a life one. At school, with loved ones, even (perhaps especially and most simply) on my writing journey -- honesty, being open and willing to accept some guidance goes a long way.

A Conversation With BJ Thomas: Love, Near Tragedy And A Song That Saved

Howard Kerbel | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Music
Howard Kerbel

For the series It's About The Words & Conversations, BJ Thomas talks about that special night he heard Jackie Wilson sing "To Be Loved" and how thankful he is to have been exposed to those lyrics. They have stayed with and supported BJ through the pleasures of launching a career, falling in love, starting a family and battling addiction.

My Father Is an Addict and a Good Man

Kinnie Starr | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Kinnie Starr

Dad's recent bout with sobriety was four or five years ago, and lasted over a year. During that time, he was very good to his family. Dad's wellness certainly did not last long though, and within just over a year, he had determined he 'didn't need help anymore' and was back inside the cycle of pills and alcohol. At this point in my life, my father is still an alcoholic and an addict, and he has survived tremendous odds. He is a good man. Addiction is nasty company.

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.