EHN Canada’s Specialized Program Provides LGBTQ+ Individuals a Safe Environment to Overcome Substance Use Disorders

Staff Interview by EHN Guest Writer Written by Lorelie Rozzano, an internationally recognized author and advocate. At 12 years old, EHN Canada counsellor Lauren Melzack had a big secret. Lauren discovered she was attracted to the girls in her class. Terrified that her friends and family would find out, Lauren drew inwards. It was the … Read more

Differences Between Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders

How Do Alcohol Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder Differ?

Understanding the differences between alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder requires understanding how each substance affects the body. Alcohol and opioids have different short- and long-term effects, and differences in withdrawal symptoms, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy (treatment using medication), and how people overdose. As a result, the best practices for treating opioid use disorder differ from … Read more

Is Declining Life Expectancy in Canada Due Mental Health, Addiction, and Suicide?

Life expectancy in Canada declining. Grieving couple at friend's funeral.

According to a 2018 study published in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, life expectancy in Canada is higher than in the United States.[1] However, the rates of “deaths of despair” (i.e. poisoning, suicide, and alcoholic liver disease) have increased in recent years which may be contributing to declining life expectancy in Canada.[2] Should we be … Read more

Eating Disorders and Similarities With Addiction

Written by Hillary Webster and Munis Topcuoglu, Writers at EHN Canada. My Friend Jane Just this past weekend, I was hosting a friend at my house for the afternoon. We’ll call her Jane, for privacy’s sake. It was wonderful to catch up and share what was going on in each others’ lives. Jane’s puppy was … Read more

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