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An SOS to Ottawa: stop the harm

An SOS to Ottawa: stop the harm

Let me begin with a thank you for reading this far. Mental illness and addiction are passions of mine. Yes, you might call it a bias, rather than a passion. My lived experience as a user of alcohol left me with strong opinions, which you might not share. Heck, many people in recovery likely don’t

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A deadly concoction: opioids and moral outrage

A deadly concoction: opioids and moral outrage

A growing epidemic of mental illness and addiction is quietly ravaging communities in the midst of a pandemic. Isolated and afraid, people are using substances to cope. According to Ipsos, a polling company, 16 percent of Canadians report drinking or drugging at a rate higher than pre-pandemic. Hospitals are beginning to see the results of

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Old myths impair views on addiction

Old myths impair views on addiction

I’ve attended a thousand 12-Step meetings and heard ten thousand unbelievable stories. Except I believed them. It is the nature of addiction to act in ways beyond belief. In its grip, reasonable people do unthinkable things. That soft spoken, tiny, middle aged woman talked of drunken fights with men in bars — and winning her

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