National Recovery Month: Why It Matters for Everyone

Thrive Recovery Community members in celebration of National Recovery Day

September is one powerful month. More than January, it’s often seen as a time of new beginnings, new routines and renewed energy. And that’s what makes it the perfect time to celebrate recovery in every way, shape and form.   What is Recovery Month? Every year, the dawn of September marks the beginning of Recovery … Read more

What’s the link between alcohol use and depression?

Some people drink in an attempt to “drown their sorrows”. Others say they drink to have a good time. But there is a reason that alcohol is classified as a depressant. The more you drink, the more depressed you may feel the next day. THE MANY LINKS BETWEEN ALCOHOL AND DEPRESSION The relationship between alcohol … Read more

My Second Coming Out: EHN Alumnus talks recovery in the LGBTQ+ community

Story by EHN Guest Writer This article was originally published in Van Pride Magazine in July 2021. After coming out as gay at age 20, Trevor spent the next two decades struggling with addiction. Now, after completing a recovery program designed specifically for LGBTQ+ patients, he is ready to talk about coming back from the brink. … Read more

Why do gaps exist in mental health and addiction care for Indigenous people in Canada?

June is Indigenous History Month in Canada, an important time to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. It goes without saying that, beginning with colonization, Indigenous people have suffered systemic oppression, abuse, and enslavement at the hands of non-Indigenous people, particularly within the residential school system. Because Indigenous … Read more

Webinar: Considering LGBTQ+ mental health during Pride and beyond

June is Pride Month, and EHN Canada’s most recent webinar centred on mental health and substance abuse in the 2SLGBTQ community. Pride is celebrated around the world this month to recognize the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal moment for the gay liberation movement.    But what does sexuality or gender identity have to do with mental … Read more