• Fix Me: I’m an Addict

      Fix Me: I’m an Addict

      “Addicts are attempting to medicate themselves for a range of psychiatric problems and painful emotional states. It’s little wonder that addicts refer to their dealer as their fix. So, it’s a metaphor that really says what it is, it’s a fix for something that is not right in the person.” (Edward Khantzian, professor of psychiatry Harvard …Read More »
    • Debate Endures: Is Addiction a Disease?

      Debate Endures: Is Addiction a Disease?

      At a recent visit to my ophthalmologist he asked what I did and I told him I was a journalist. He said, “What do you write about?” which is often what I am asked when I tell someone my profession. My response is, “addition and alcoholism.”  Inevitably, the individual has someone close to them suffering …Read More »
    • Addiction & Childhood Trauma

      Addiction & Childhood Trauma

      “There are legitimate uses of opioids in the treatment of physical pain. There is no legitimate use in the treatment of emotional pain,” writes John Lavitt in The Fix. He is introducing his interview with Dr. Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Maté’s premise is that all addiction harkens back to childhood trauma. …Read More »
    • Whistler Film Festival: From Hitler to Alcoholism & Much More

      Whistler Film Festival: From Hitler to Alcoholism & Much More

      The 17th annual Whistler Film Festival just roared through Whistler with some 87 films and lots of buzz for a festival that has been called “Canada’s coolest film fest,” and “Whistler’s best arts and cultural event.” The opening film was The Darkest Hour about Winston Churchill during WWII when he refused to enter into negotiations with …Read More »
    • Recovery from Addiction à la Russell Brand

      Recovery from Addiction à la Russell Brand

      Brilliant comic, actor and author Russell Brand, has scored a perfect 12 with his new book, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions. He is 14 years in recovery from drugs, sex, fame and more. This book makes a 12 Step program of recovery humorous and accessible to anyone. As Brand writes: “The program in this book has given me …Read More »

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