National Addictions Awareness Week

It’s National Addictions Awareness Week – and there is one thing you can do that will take very little time and have a big impact. Sign the CMHA association manifesto for new addictions and mental health policy, at And if you’ve got family members or friends who suffer from… Read more »

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

– 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

Written by  Mike Pond for 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… Read more »

New Vancouver-based company’s innovative approach makes treatment with naltrexone available to every Canadian battling an alcohol problem

Back in February we answered a question on our blog about the Sinclair Method, a process that promotes what’s called pharmacological extinction of alcoholism. We’re updating that information because a new company called Alavida has just opened in Canada, making the Sinclair Method available to everyone, regardless of where they… Read more »

The Fix interviews Michael Pond about ‘Wasted’

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Pond and Writing “Wasted” By Regina Walker “Wasted” is not just an addiction memoir–it’s also an exploration of our outdated approach to treatment.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… Read more »

Addiction Blog’s Review of Wasted

One of the world’s most popular addiction blogs reviewed Wasted – check it out: This is a true story of an alcoholic therapist who was struggling with his own alcohol problem. In his previous book “The Couch of Willingness”, Michael Pond and wife, Maureen Palmer, shared experiences with coping alcohol… Read more »

Mike Pond Responds to His Critics in AA

Thanks to the hundreds of you who emailed in response to our film Wasted, the vast majority complimentary. I am humbled and very gratified the film provided help and hope to so many. I also received several harsh and critical emails from some AA members and heard I was the… Read more »

Eric Adams Is Changing the Conversation About Addiction.

Today is primary day in New Hampshire. Here’s hoping the citizens of the state vote for a candidate who will stop the insanity of failed policy on addiction. Addiction costs the U.S. some 70 billion, yes that’s billion,  dollars every year.  The war on drugs has failed. Prisons are overflowing… Read more »