Dr. Gabor Maté counters notions of addiction as either a genetic disease or an individual moral failure
AUDIO | From street-dwelling drug addicts to high-functioning workaholics, the continuum of addiction cuts a wide and painful swath through our culture. Blending first-person accounts, riveting case studies, cutting-edge research and passionate argument, In the Realm...read more
AUDIO | Arlene Last-Kolb lost her son Jessie on July 18th 2014 to an opioid overdose. Arlene lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and she’s been an active and visible advocate for changes and improvements in that province’s responses to the opioid crisis. She...read more
AUDIO | Eating Disorders affect people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, socioeconomic class, abilities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. That is why, from February 1st to 7th every year, Eating Disorder groups across Canada unite to commemorate Eating Disorder...read more
Every January, Bell Canada sponsors a media campaign encouraging Canadians to talk about mental illness on a designated, Let’s Talk Day. It donates five cents from every text or phone call made by its customers to various mental-health programs and, apparently,...read more
AUDIO | We all have stories to tell. But what if there was no one to hear them? Dave Lawrence is a long-time Nanaimo barber who has listened to hundreds of stories, from hundreds of people, as they sit in his barber chair. But sometimes elderly customers simply stop...read more
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What do you do if you want to really draw attention to a campaign? If you're United Way – a Canadian network of non-profits that work locally to raise funds and improve lives in their communities – you rope in Pantone to use a bit of colour theory and create a new hue...read more
Just past a cemetery along a country road, an addiction treatment center called JourneyPure at the River draws hundreds of patients a month who are addicted to opioids and other drugs. They divide their days between therapy sessions, songwriting, communing with horses...read more
Far too many young lives are tragically lost every year in this province because for a time in their lives they cannot see over the mountaintop of hopelessness. Nobody thinks it can happen in their family until it does. Often, we get so caught up with living that we...read more
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After almost 40 years of substance use and rounds of homelessness and living on the street, Alfred Andrew is now sober and working to help others who are struggling as he once did. Alfred lives in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He now works in...read more
After a brain injury, it can be very difficult to navigate and cope with complex issues of life. It doesn’t make things easier that acquired brain injury, mental health, and related issues such as substance use and addiction are usually treated by different systems of...read more
Amanda Jones is a creative writing student at Vancouver Island University. She’s been writing and speaking about her sister Amy’s descent into mental illness and addiction and Amy’s virtual disappearance into Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. We first spoke...read more