Losing an Old Friend to an Opioid Overdose

During high school, I was always looking for new crowds with whom to drink and do drugs. I first met Steve at a mutual friend’s party. We seemed to have the same compulsion for drugs and alcohol—though at the time, I didn’t recognize it as a compulsion. We hit it off immediately and began spending … Read more

Stress, Shift Work, and Little Support: Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders In Canadian Oil & Gas Workers

Substance use disorders, including alcohol, are serious issues in the oil and gas industry. When left unchecked, they have devastating impacts on individuals, their families, and their communities. This article will look at the underlying causes, consequences, and treatment of substance use disorders. Substance Use Among Oil & Gas Workers According to Alberta Health Services, … Read more

The Benefits of Yoga for Addiction and Trauma Recovery

Opinion by EHN Staff Written by Lisa Nixon, an employee at Edgewood Treatment Centre. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, … Read more

The Deadly Gamble of Fentanyl: Understanding the Opioid Crisis in British Columbia

Feature by EHN Guest Writer Written by Matthew Harvey, Ph.D. (ABD), writer and researcher. On July 15 2016, there was a sudden spike in admittances for opioid overdose at the Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, BC. Over the next four days, more than forty patients—three times the usual number—were treated in the hospital’s emergency room … Read more

Finding Phil: The Road To Recovery

Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Written by Lorelie Rozzano, an internationally recognized author and advocate. Phil’s childhood was a happy one. The youngest of three, Phil recalls being a sensitive kid who liked drawing, music, and getting into mischief. Phil says it was a rush getting away with things and describes himself as a black … Read more