Substance Use Disorder is a Brain Disease

Substance Use Disorder Brain Disease - Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Addiction or what is technically referred to as Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th edition (DSM-5) as a disease, and as such is: Progressive: meaning that if untreated, addiction will get worse Chronic: meaning there is no “cure” per se however, SUD can be effectively managed … Read more

BATTLING THE POST HOLIDAY BLUES (PS: IT’S PROBABLY NOT DEPRESSION)

By Jeff Vircoe A loud belly laugh erupted from the audience. Landing on stage with a thud, it clearly irritated the lone performer standing in the spotlight. Between songs during a concert at New York’s famed Fillmore East in June of 1970, Stephen Stills was quietly explaining the roots of his next song, a snarly … Read more

CHRIS WILLGRESS: 24 YEARS ANSWERING CALLS ON THE FRONT LINE

By Jeff Vircoe My husband is drinking himself to death. My daughter is cutting. My wife can’t do a day without two bottles of wine. My dad is taking so many pills, he can’t talk straight. When they hear the term “first responder”, most conjure images of flashing lights, police, firefighters, and paramedics. At Edgewood … Read more

LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES: DR. GARY RICHARDSON IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST ADDICTION SAVVY PHYSICIANS

Dr. Gary Richardson Country's Most Addiction Savvy Physicians EHN Canada

­­­­­By Jeff Vircoe   Gary Richardson was a young physician in a new country when the warning came. It arrived loud and clear. An elderly patient in his private practice heard he was leaving to go to work at an addiction treatment centre, and she wanted to offer some advice about his soon-to-be clientele. “Just … Read more