In Wasted filmmaker Maureen Palmer and her partner Mike Pond start a new conversation about the science of addiction. They examine the biological origins of addiction and why some old models of treatment don’t work for many. Here are five of the most pervasive myths about addiction that are smashed… Read more »
Substance Use Disorder is a disease of youth. Yet we don’t often think of it that way. According to a study in the New York Times, “of 40,000 who began drinking before the age of 14, nearly half had become alcohol dependent by the age of 21. In contrast,… Read more »
Want to know how much your genes will influence whether you develop an Alcohol Use Disorder? Dr. Marc Schuckit, a psychiatrist at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, is a world leader in understanding the genetics of alcoholism. Here’s what his research tells us.
As touched on in our previous post, addiction unnecessarily costs taxpayers a lot of money. Mike had to speak at a conference on reducing hospital admissions earlier this year, and for that talk, we tallied what Mike’s trip to rock bottom cost the BC taxpayer. At every stop on his downward… Read more »
Addiction and risky use constitute the largest preventable and most costly health problems facing the U.S. Addiction and risky use cause or contribute to more than 70 other conditions requiring medical care, including cancer, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy complications, cirrhosis, ulcers and trauma. Addiction By the Numbers*: •… Read more »
My name is Michael Pond and I live with an alcohol use disorder. (AUD) That’s what we now call alcoholism in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5. In psychology and psychiatry, the DSM-5 is our bible. The change in language is in part to address… Read more »
For the last year, I’ve lived, breathed, ate and slept addiction. Literally. That’s because for the first time, I’ve made a film with and about my partner, Mike Pond. We began filming our CBC Nature of Things documentary on Addiction last February. The film is one of three key resources… Read more »
Hello and Welcome to Addiction. The Next Step! This website is home to a very special project, designed to change the conversation around addiction from shame and blame to kindness and compassion. Here you will find evidence-based resources and stories with startling new insights to inform and support you, particularly… Read more »