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

Occupational Therapy in Recovery: More Than Just Return-to-Work

Written by Kathryn Decker, an occupational therapist who works at Bellwood Health Services. When someone first hears the term occupational therapy, people tend to think about assisting patients in their return-to-work process after an illness or injury. While occupational therapists (OTs) sometimes help patients return to their jobs, this is only one small component of … Read more

Canadians Need Access to Mental Health Services: Cara Vaccarino Talks to iHeart Radio

iHeart Radio News Talk 1010 interviewed Cara Vaccarino, EHN Canada COO, about Canada’s public healthcare system and current issues with accessibility to mental health services. The conversation explored several complex issues that plague Canada’s public healthcare system. Cara gave her opinions on evidence-based care, speaking out about mental health conditions, waste in the public system, … Read more