Turning Tragedy Into Triumph

Turning Tragedy Into Triumph EHN Canada Addiction Treatment

Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Written by Lorelie Rozzano, an internationally recognized author and advocate. Once, a successful businesswoman, mom, and wife, Goldie was homeless and living a criminal lifestyle when she entered Edgewood on April 5, 2007. Born and raised in Nanaimo, Goldie says she became addicted from the age of five when she … Read more

Working as a Firefighter with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Firefighter Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders EHN Canada

I have lived with mental health disorders for most of my life. As a kid, I didn’t realize that what I was experiencing could be classified as anxiety or depression. As time went on, I found myself coping with my mental health disorders by using drugs and alcohol. As time went on, I found myself … Read more

“I Didn’t Want to Die!”: Counsellor Trevor’s Story of Triumph over Addiction

I Didn't Want to Die Story of Triumph over Addiction

Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, to two loving, hard-working, parents, Trevor describes his childhood as “carefree.” He says he was a happy-go-lucky guy who enjoyed hanging out with his friends and drinking alcohol. A twinkle appears in Trevor’s eye and he admits, “I was good at it.” Trevor says drinking increased his energy and boosted his … Read more

Finding Christopher: From Addiction To Recovery

From Addiction to Recovery EHN Canada Addiction Treatment

Born in Campbell River, BC, Christopher says he was always obsessed over something. It started with baseball gloves, wheelbarrows, and cowboys. His earliest memories are good ones—family dinners, camping, and spending time with his siblings. When Christopher turned four his mom and stepdad split up, his brother went into foster care, his sister moved in … Read more

Why Meaning and Purpose Are More Important Than Happiness

Meaning and Purpose Are More Important Than Happiness EHN Canada

There’s no doubt in my mind that I was born an addict. Throughout my life, in my resting state, I felt very empty, lost, and often scared. From a very young age, I sought pleasure and excitement, in search for a “hit” of something to make me feel just a little bit more than I … Read more