Tag: addiction

A Journey Into the Soul: Sharing My Personal Ayahuasca Experience

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I was ready for the vomiting. I was not prepared for the yawns. Long, loud, dis-embodied yawns echoed in the jungle darkness, punctuated by tortured moans and retching as some two-dozen of us vomit relentlessly. An epic purge. My ayahausca retreat has begun. As a therapist specializing in problematic substance… Read more »

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 »

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

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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’

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Pond and Writing “Wasted” By Regina Walker “Wasted” is not just an addiction memoir—it’s also an exploration of our outdated approach to treatment.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

Eric Adams Is Changing the Conversation About Addiction.

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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 with people… Read more »

Dr. Gabor Maté’s Review of Wasted

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So we’ve slept on the review by Gabor Maté of Wasted in the Globe and Mail, and while we’re, of course, delighted to get attention from the Globe & Mail and from Gabor Maté, we feel that Dr. Maté has himself wasted an opportunity. He used fully half of the… 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.