Category: Addiction and Society


Addiction Research & Theories | Stigmatization

Alcohol Use Disorder In Families: It’s Genetics, Not Destiny

Sometimes, when you suffer from an alcohol use disorder, it’s not just one big thing that weighs you down.  It’s all of the little things that add up and make everyday life challenging.  It’s the

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COVID-19 | In the News

NHK’s Food Buffet Experiment and Changes We’ve Made in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

I was intrigued by a recent CNN feature that mentioned an experiment performed by NHK, a Japanese news station. The experiment wanted to see if buffets contributed to the spread of viruses on cruise ships.

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Alcohol | Alcohol Policy | COVID-19 | In the News

You Can Thank Heavy Drinkers for Liquor Stores Staying Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic

All Provincial Governments in Canada Have Designated Liquor Stores as Essential Services To close or not to close? Provincial governments across Canada have been faced with the difficult task of deeming some services as essential

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COVID-19 | Public Policy

COVID-19 is an Opportunity to Address the Pandemic of Loneliness

Sometimes Emotional Support is Not Enough Today I received a call from a woman (I will call her “Barb”) who said her husband “Steve” needed addiction treatment. Barb explained that Steve had checked into a

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COVID-19 | Public Policy

A Tale of Two Public Health Emergencies: A Comparison of the Opioid Overdose Crisis and COVID-19 Pandemic

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic As someone who works in addiction treatment, I am saddened by our political leaders’ ongoing lack of urgency in response to the opioid overdose crisis. Canada’s other public health emergency,

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Drug & Alcohol Education

The Truth About Alcohol Spending vs. Consumption

Have you ever stopped to add up what you spend on alcohol each week? Each month? How about in a year? For some, there are unique financial concerns and considerations when it comes to spending

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Addiction and Society | Death and Dying | Family Addiction Help | Stigmatization

Grief & Stigma – When the Opioid Crisis Hits Home

Grief I lost two friends to drugs and alcohol recently. One of them I’d known since high school. We weren’t close anymore, but my memories of him are fond. He was a good kid, and

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Addiction Research & Theories | Defining Addiction | Exploring Addiction | Our Philosophy

SCHC’s Interpretation of Addiction

The scientific study of addiction is very complex. For example, there are more than 65 research journals that focus on addiction, over 30 recognized theories of addiction, and over 100 recognized therapies. In spite of this complexity,

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In the News

Vancouver, BC: The Epicentre of the Opioid Crisis

Western Canada Bearing the Brunt of the Opioid Crisis It’s no secret that Vancouver, BC is the epicentre of the opioid crisis in Canada. The city seems to be the canary in the coal mine.

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Drug & Alcohol Education

Legal and Street Opioids: Why Are They so Addictive?

The opioid crisis in Canada has been in the news for two years now, but many are still fuzzy on what drugs are classed as opioids. A lot of Canadians may be prescribed an opioid

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Drug & Alcohol Education | Uncategorized

What Happens to Your Body When You Detox from Alcohol?

One of the most common questions people have when they are ready to seek help for their addictions is, “what happens to your body when you detox from alcohol?” To start off, let’s discuss the

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Exploring Addiction | Family Addiction Help | Process Addictions | Videos

Family Intervention: Getting Help for a Loved One Who Won’t Stop Using Drugs or Alcohol

At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, we often get calls from family members who are looking for help for a loved one. The only problem is the loved one often doesn’t want to get help, so

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

Relapse and Fear For families with loved ones in recovery from addiction, the R-word is a very scary word. Family members typically fear relapse because they make sense of it as a disaster or failure

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