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Drugs and Alcohol

Gabor Mate is a well-known physician and best-selling author that worked with heroin addicts on Vancouver's east side for 10 years. In this compelling, humourous lecture, he speaks about the struggle to overcome addiction honestly and knowledgeably. This lecture is a wonderful introduction to Mate as an engaging, compassionate healer and human being. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmmijhyrkRM […] Continue Reading

Every so often, one of my clients will tell me they are addicted to pain pills. I have a unique background that leaves me a good position to help these clients. During my residency year, I spent six-months working at a methadone clinic with 300 heroin addicts. During my post-doc year, I worked at a chronic […] Continue Reading

Sometimes people ask me in my private practice whether they can successfully end one addiction but keep another one going. The short answer is no. An example I wrote about in an earlier blog post is whether someone can successfully stop using cocaine but continue to drink alcohol. The question I will address today is […] Continue Reading

I have had clients tell me that they have a problem with cocaine, but that they don’t have a problem with alcohol. They also tell me they would never use cocaine when they are sober, but that it is the alcohol that alters their judgement and so they only use cocaine when they drink. It is […] Continue Reading

A good question to ask yourself, if you think you might have a problem with alcohol, is how much you drink in an average week. One drink is equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of regular beer that is usually about 5% alcohol, 5 ounces of wine that is typically about 12% alcohol, or 1.5 ounces of […] Continue Reading

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, by Gabor Mate, M.D., is a book that I recommend to my clients or to those that are concerned for family members or friends that have alcohol and/or drug problems. These problems are commonly referred to as “alcoholism” and/or “drug addiction.” Mental health care professionals refer to these issues […] Continue Reading

Psychologists use the term “Substance Dependence” instead of the more commonly used term “addiction” to describe when someone has a serious alcohol or drug problem. For example, “Alcohol Dependence” refers to alcoholism, “Marijuana Dependence” refers to marijuana addiction, and “Cocaine Dependence” refers to cocaine addiction. The term “Polysubstance Dependence” is used when someone is dependent on […] Continue Reading

Many of the clients that I meet with for burnout express that they find it difficult to sleep. Many have shared they have used alcohol as a coping mechanism for their burnout to knock themselves out at night, in desperation. Some of my clients have shared that they believe alcohol helps them to sleep. And while […] Continue Reading

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