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

“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

Fentanyl: The Most Terrifying Drug I’ve Ever Known

Terrifying Drug Fentanyl EHN Canada Drug Rehab and Treatment

Opinion by Guest Writer Written by Chris Howe, public speaker, recovered alcoholic and addict, and firefighter. Forty times more toxic than heroin, seventy times more toxic than morphine, often hidden in other street drugs, and the number one cause of opioid overdose—fentanyl is a growing epidemic that kills! As an emergency responder, I’m reminded of … Read more