Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Must be Individualized

Complex Problems Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders are extraordinarily complex. The drug and alcohol addiction is often used to manage the symptoms of a mental health disorder such as calm anxious thoughts or numbing angry and sad feelings. Addiction is used as a way of escape, relax, distract, and dull the pains of life. However, prolonged substance use …

Treatment is a Choice

It is our philosophy that successful recovery must tackle substance use and emotional issues at the same time. Effective treatment programs help clients recognize destructive patterns, change their thinking, and develop specific life skills. Treatment for mental health and substance use disorders is designed for two primary reasons: 1) to reduce symptoms and 2) to prevent relapse. Willingness to change …

Safe injection sites save lives, but aren’t the whole solution!

‘There’s no therapy for any other addiction that begins with a safe place to indulge in the addiction’ A safe injection site will save lives. No contest there. But a safe injection site or Consumption and Treatment Services as the government is now calling it is not a solution to the opioid crisis.Safe injection sites have been in Vancouver for …

WTF? – Give Addicted Drug Users Injectable Heroin – Canadian Government

A national research group recommends health-care providers offer injectable medical-grade heroin or another prescription drug to severely addicted patients if treatment with oral medication has not worked to reduce cravings for people who could die from toxic street drugs. Dr. Nadia Fairbairn, an addiction specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital, said a guideline published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal …

Looking For The Next Big Thing

This trend (which probably isn’t going anywhere any time soon) piggybacks on the one mentioned above. As functional medicine clinician Dr. Bryan Walsh recently said on in an interview, “How many people buy a whole bunch of books on a topic because they’re looking for the answer when the answer may have been there, but they just didn’t really sit …

Can Cannabis Reduce Opioid Use in Addicts?

Legalizing cannabis may have a role to play in decreasing opioid mortality rates. “It’s an evolving idea that was thrust into the forefront when U.S. states legalized cannabis,” says Clarke. “Opioid mortality dropped in those states.” One U.S. study, published this summer in Economic Inquiry, showed that recreational marijuana laws reduced annual opioid mortality between 20 and 35 per cent, …

Video Game Addiction is a Mental Disorder

Think your kid is addicted to video games? There could be something to it. The World Health Organization made video game addiction an official mental health disorder. The Geneva-headquartered organization  added “Gaming disorder” to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems or “ICD-11,” which goes into effect in January 2022. The condition is included in the global medical guide within a …

Illicit Drug use in Canada and the Stats

Like in many countries, illicit drug use is an ongoing problem in Canada. In particular, much like the United States, Canada is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic, which has seen increases in hospitalizations and deaths due to heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids. As of 2019, around 24 percent of Canadians stated they felt the opioid issue in Canada was a …