This article was originally published February 5, 2020. Written by Hillary Webster and Munis Topcuoglu (EHN Canada). Updated February 3, 2021. My Friend Jane One weekend afternoon, I was chatting with a friend. We’ll call her Jane, for privacy’s sake. It was wonderful to catch up and share what was going on in each others’ … Read more
Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Written by Adam Fisher, a former Director at Renascent and EHN Canada, writer, researcher, and photographer. He has been in recovery since June, 2004. Today is World Mental Health Day, a day created to provide encouragement and opportunity for people to talk about their experiences—people with mental health disorders, people … Read more
Written by Adam Fisher, a former Director at Renascent and EHN Canada, writer, researcher, and photographer. He has been in recovery since June, 2004. Today—World Suicide Prevention Day—ten Canadians will take their own lives. Organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and held every September 10th since 2003, World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) … Read more
Eating a healthy diet helps you with addiction recovery by allowing your mind and body to work better and heal faster. It helps you maintain your recovery by supporting your mind and body to function well consistently, thus maintaining your good health. Eating healthy helps you with addiction recovery in a number of specific ways such as stabilizing your mood, improving your focus, increasing your energy, and making you better at resisting cravings for addictive substances and behaviors. Conversely, nutrient deficiencies can make addiction recovery more difficult by making you more susceptible to depression, distraction, fatigue, and cravings. Substance use disorders can make you are especially vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies, for a number of behavioral and biological reasons—but eating healthy can help correct your nutrient deficiencies and greatly improve your odds of successfully achieving recovery and maintaining it long term.
One of the most common patterns I’ve observed in patients dealing with mental health and addiction disorders are deep feelings of guilt and self-criticism. Often, the deeper the suffering and the deeper the trauma, the more intense the patient’s self-judgement. Patients frequently come to treatment desperate to stop the harmful behaviours that brought their lives … Read more