My Second Coming Out: EHN Alumnus talks recovery in the LGBTQ+ community

Story by EHN Guest Writer This article was originally published in Van Pride Magazine in July 2021. After coming out as gay at age 20, Trevor spent the next two decades struggling with addiction. Now, after completing a recovery program designed specifically for LGBTQ+ patients, he is ready to talk about coming back from the brink. … Read more

Why do gaps exist in mental health and addiction care for Indigenous people in Canada?

June is Indigenous History Month in Canada, an important time to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. It goes without saying that, beginning with colonization, Indigenous people have suffered systemic oppression, abuse, and enslavement at the hands of non-Indigenous people, particularly within the residential school system. Because Indigenous … Read more

Is addiction a disease? 11 questions with an EHN doctor

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The opinions expressed in this article are those of Dr. Charles Mackay and for general information purposes only. Despite its prevalence in Canada, there’s still plenty of misunderstanding surrounding addiction and substance use disorder. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, “one in seven Canadians aged 15 or older (about 3.5 million people) … Read more