Nov 24

Is Addiction a Disease or a Choice?

Is addiction a disease or a choice? The answer to this question has plagued many addicts, doctors, and advocates in Ontario especially with the gross amount of misinformation out there. For this article, we are going to be looking at the facts provided by some of the top-notch health experts from around and how they view addiction not just personal opinions.  What does the World Health Organization say? The World Health Organization recognizes substance addiction, including alcoholism,...
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Nov 13

Non-12 Step Programs for Recovery in Canada

There’s no doubt that participating in a support group while in recovery helps Canadians remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol. According to an article published in the Journal of Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, several studies show that engagement in a peer support group can contribute to successful long-term recovery in Canadians. Peer support groups have been shown to significantly reduce relapse rates and help to strengthen long-term recovery. When thinking of group support and...
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Nov 6

Understanding Addiction and Addiction Treatment in Canada

What is Addiction? Addiction is a complex disease of the brain. It focuses on the brain’s reward system in particular. This condition manifests in compulsive behaviors, most often around consuming drugs or alcohol; however, addiction is also associated with behaviors that trigger the reward system, such as sex or gambling.  When you are addicted, you’re compulsively using a substance, or exhibiting compulsive behavior. In that sense, it’s important to recognize that addiction does...
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Oct 15

Rogue Ontario Pharmacists Dealing Opioids

An investigation conducted by Global, the Toronto Star, and the Ryerson Journalism department has uncovered hundreds of Ontario pharmacists dealing opioids and other drugs from their stores. The provincial government has monitors that oversee the prescribing and dispensing of opioids but no pharmacist has been caught drug dealing as a result of these monitors in the last five years. The investigation analyzed disciplinary records from the Ontario College of Pharmacists from 2013 to 2017. It...
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Sep 27

BC Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis

At the tail end of August, the BC Attorney General David Eby and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced in a joint statement that the province of BC is launching a lawsuit against more than 40 drug companies in relation to the current opioid crisis. The province is alleging that the opioid manufacturers knew about the addictive traits of the drugs and downplayed the severity when marketing the drugs to doctors. Will this Solve the Opioid Crisis? Unlikely, and there are...
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Sep 25

Newfoundland’s Mental Health and Addictions Plan

The All-Party Committee on Mental Health and Addictions released Newfoundland's Mental Health and Addictions Plan, Toward Recovery: A Vision for a Renewed Mental Health and Addictions System for Newfoundland and Labrador in March of 2017.  Just three months later the government released Toward Recovery: The Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador to address the 54 recommendations the previous report outlined. Newfoundland's Mental Health and Addictions Plan has...
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