Category: In the News


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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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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Addiction and Society | Addiction Treatment Help | In the News

Where is the Oversight?

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about the private addiction treatment system in British Columbia recently. A number of national news stories, on a number of different subjects, have drawn the attention of Canadians

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Addiction and Society | Harm Reduction | In the News

Fentanyl FAQ

Rising Use We’ve been watching Fentanyl closely over the last 5 years and the effects of its use and easy accessibility are only increasing. This spike in Fentanyl use is part of a large evolution

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In the News | Meaning and Purpose

A Tribute to Wayne Dyer, The “Father of Motivation”

When Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away this past Sunday at the age of 75, the addiction treatment industry lost a friend. Wayne spoke frequently on addiction. He spoke from the heart. His father, an alcoholic,

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Addiction and Society | Disease Model of Addiction | Exploring Addiction | In the News | Stigmatization

Attribution Theory, the Media, and Why Addicts Get No Sympathy

The news media serves an important role in society when they not only report, but also help explain current events. The suicide of actor Robin Williams is a case in point. Judging by the extensive

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Exploring Addiction | In the News | Nutrition

Government Needs to do Something About Fast Food Addiction

A recent story featured on CBS News cited research that finds middle-aged adults who consume a diet high in animal proteins are at risk for increased health problems and 4 times more likely to die

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Addiction and Society | In the News

What are Managed Alcohol Programs?

Recently, a CBC News article described a fairly unknown harm reduction method called a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP). While this article highlighted an initiative operating in Amsterdam, there are a few of these programs taking place

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12 Steps of AA | In the News | Life at SCHC

Opinion: What the Hazelden & Betty Ford Center Merger means to SCHC

As a private addiction treatment provider, Sunshine Coast Health Center pays close attention to developments in the treatment industry. The merger of Hazelden and Betty Ford Center is a story that we’ve been following closely.

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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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