Tag: substance abuse

10 Ways To Improve Addictions Treatment, From Someone Who’s Been There

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– by Maureen Palmer & Mike Pond As Fentanyl overdoses make headlines coast to coast, it’s clear that there is an urgent need for effective, evidence-based treatment. But Fentanyl isn’t the only issue: in Canada, alcohol misuse is a much bigger problem. According to Dr. Gregory Tayler, Canada’s Chief Public… Read more »

Embracing Recovery, the Need for Human Connection and CRAFT

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Written by Mike Pond for Recovery.org My name is Mike Pond and I’m a psychotherapist in Vancouver, Canada. I believe I bring a unique understanding and empathy to my clients battling substance use disorders…because I battled one myself. From 2005 to 2010, I lost everything to alcoholism: my family, my home,… Read more »

The Fix interviews Michael Pond about ‘Wasted’

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We are thrilled and honoured that Michael was interviewed by The Fix. Here is the interview in full: Michael Pond and Writing “Wasted” By Regina Walker “Wasted” is not just an addiction memoir—it’s also an exploration of our outdated approach to treatment. At age 50, Michael Pond was a successful psychotherapist… Read more »

Learning to Communicate – CRAFT

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Want to learn how to communicate in a manner that will inspire an addicted loved one to get better? Here is Dr. Bob Meyers, the founder of CRAFT – Community Reinforcement and Family Training, explaining how it works to Mike Pond.   Learn more through the Interactive Guide.

What To Ask Your Health Care Provider

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Seeking treatment for yourself or a family member? Here’s what Dr. Evan Wood, Medical Director Addiction Services Vancouver Coastal Health says you should ask your health care provider. How Knowledgeable is Your Doctor About Evidence-Based Treatments for Addiction? Questions to Ask: 1. Is your doctor aware there is a range of… Read more »

AA’s History on Medications to Treat Addiction

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Two experts in our film Wasted likely have more knowledge and wisdom about Alcoholics Anonymous than anyone else in the world. They set the record straight on key beliefs about AA. Here’s Dr. Keith Humphreys dispelling the myth AA is anti-medication.   Dr. Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Mental… Read more »

Shaming and Blaming the Alcoholic was Never the Intention of AA

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Two experts in our film Wasted likely have more knowledge and wisdom about Alcoholics Anonymous than anyone else in the world. They set the record straight on key beliefs about AA. Here Dr. Bill Miller explains how the founders of AA never wanted to shame anyone with a drinking problem…. Read more »

Why Everyone Should Consider AA

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Two experts in our film Wasted likely have more knowledge and wisdom about Alcoholics Anonymous than anyone else in the world. They set the record straight on key beliefs about AA. Pretty well everyone who admits a drinking problem, gets told to go to AA. Is that wise advice? Here’s… Read more »

How Abstinence Became the AA Standard for Success

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Two experts in our film Wasted likely have more knowledge and wisdom about Alcoholics Anonymous than anyone else in the world. They set the record straight on key beliefs about AA. Here’s Dr. Keith Humphreys on how total abstinence became the AA measure of success.   Dr. Keith Humphreys is… Read more »