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Don’t Blame Insite for Cory Monteith’s Death

Don’t Blame Insite for Cory Monteith’s Death

In a recent column for the Calgary Herald, writer Licia Corbella states that she believes Glee star Cory Monteith would still be alive today if it wasn’t for Vancouver’s safe injection site, Insite.

As a professional who works with people struggling from addiction from both a harm reduction and an abstinence model, I barely even know where to begin with addressing how wrong and distorted her views are.

Ms. Corbella’s views can be read right here.

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The Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Help and Treatment

The Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Help and Treatment

‘I need mental health help.’

When you are suffering from a mental illness, these are often the three most difficult words to say. But the real question is ‘why?’

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Hyperactive and Stigmatized: The Effects of ADHD

Hyperactive and Stigmatized: The Effects of ADHD

“I feel like I have AIDS man! Everybody’s scared of me!”

I recently heard these powerful words from a client who struggles with adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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Dangers of AA’s Addiction Recovery Program: 12-Steps Back

Dangers of AA’s Addiction Recovery Program: 12-Steps Back

Well-known addiction recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous may not be the best choice for recovery. Find out about AA's addiction recovery program here.

There are a lot of reasons that I chose to get into the field of addiction treatment, and my beliefs in the danger of AA’s addiction recovery program (and others modeled on it) was the main reason. Why do organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous retain such a glorious public perception, all the while having success rates of approximately 5 per cent after one year? Even AA’s own Comments on A.A.’S Triennial Surveys, which is difficult to find, and even more difficult to decipher, does in fact state these dismal results.1

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Q and A with ‘Electroboy’ Andy Behrman

Q and A with ‘Electroboy’ Andy Behrman

This is a two-part series where I explore the inner-world of Electroboy, Andy Behrman. Mr. Behrman speaks openly about bipolar disorder, substance abuse, hypersexuality, the Electroboy movie, stigma and of course, his dream of being the first ‘omni-sexual male’ on Mars.

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Combating PTSD Stigma in the Military

Combating PTSD Stigma in the Military

According to the New York Times, for every soldier who has died on the battlefields of Afghanistan or Iraq, 25 will die by their own hand.  This appalling suicide statistic should be more than enough to wake us up and start dealing head on with the epidemic of PTSD in the military.

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Mentally Ill Felons: Stigma’s Life Sentence

Mentally Ill Felons: Stigma’s Life Sentence

In the midst of a psychotic episode, you succumb to the voices in your head telling you the only way to make things right is to set a fire in the local church (Psychopaths Versus Those Who Experience Psychosis). This way, the demons in your mind will allow you to be free. 

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My Name is Chris and I’m a Person, Not a Mental Illness

My Name is Chris and I’m a Person, Not a Mental Illness

Schizophrenic. Alcoholic. Manic depressive. Borderline. Addict.

Person.

Every single time I hear someone refer to someone else, or even themselves, by any of the above mentioned words, I cringe. How can one person, filled with such complexities, differences,, interests and aspirations ever be summed up by one word?

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The Stigma of Being an Addict on Parole

The Stigma of Being an Addict on Parole

The stigma of being an addict is rampant, partially because people think it is due to a character flaw. But is being an addict really a simple character flaw?

For forty hours a week, I get the opportunity to work with one of the most stigmatized populations that exist in North America: men who have recently been granted parole who also are fighting life-threatening addictions. These gentlemen have a double-whammy when it comes to stigma. Not only are they stigmatized due to their criminal records, they are stigmatized due to their addiction. And many on top of that, are also stigmatized for their mental health issues.

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