Beyond Resolutions: Recovery Conversations in January

Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Paul Dilworth is a Toronto-based social worker with a private practice focusing on addiction. He has been in recovery for 26 years. If most therapists were asked, they would probably say that one third of their clients struggle with substance abuse or their client’s partner has a substance use disorder. … Read more

Holidays with Your Family in Recovery: From Surviving to Cherishing

Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Written by Jo Colette, recovered addict, tattoo artist, and mom. My first Christmas in recovery, I’d been abstinent for seven months. I’d spent the last four years in a different province, thousands of kilometres away, lost in addiction. I had completely isolated myself from all of my family, apart from … Read more

How to Stay Healthy and Enjoy the Holidays in Recovery

Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Written by Chris Howe, public speaker, recovered alcoholic and addict, and firefighter. The holidays can be a very emotional and trying time for anyone, with numerous parties, the pressures of gift buying, family functions, etc. For someone in recovery, particularly early recovery, these pressures can seem like mountainous hurdles that … Read more

Strategies for a Happy Halloween in Recovery: Dealing with Triggers

Halloween is coming up, meaning costumes and candy for some, and triggering situations for those in recovery. Halloween parties present a challenge—the chaos and temptation are rampant and dressed-up partygoers will likely be of no help, offering treats of all sorts, and maybe drugs and alcohol to go along with them. If staying at home … Read more

Knowing When It’s Time to Get Help: Lorelie’s Own Story

Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Written by Lorelie Rozzano, an internationally recognized author and advocate. I was a skinny, wild-eyed mess trying to find a way out of all the problems I had created. I’d spent so many years blaming everyone else for my addiction—when I had an epiphany. The most destructive force in my … Read more