By Dr. Bernard Le Foll, Head of the Alcohol Research and Treatment Clinic at CAMH
Canada is a country that both enjoys alcohol, but is also fairly responsible about its education, sale and distribution to the public.
And yet there are still gaps in knowledge about the new treatment options available.
As head of the Alcohol Research and Treatment Clinic at CAMH, I want to take an opportunity to provide insight on our work. But it begins with language.
While “alcohol dependence” and “alcohol abuse” are still used, since DSM-5 we are seeing a shift towards the term “Alcohol Use Disorder” to refer to the spectrum of ways that alcohol can affect the person. This reflects the fact that some people lose control over their use of alcohol. It also acknowledges that there is a continuum that ranges from normal use, up to use that produces very severe complications in the person affected. Read more
by Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program
This week is National Addiction Awareness Week and I would like to focus on those who struggle with co-occuring mental illness and addiction – called concurrent disorders.
This can mean experiencing depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, or another mental illness, while also experiencing an alcohol use disorder, cannabis dependence, or even problem gambling. These co-occuring illnesses may be active at the same time or at different times, in the present or in the past, and their symptoms may vary in intensity and form over time. Read more
Lilian Riad-Allen, Project Manager of CAMH’s Tobacco Free Initiative speaks to a client who applauds the move.
I was contacted by a former client named Sean who felt compelled to share his tobacco story. Sean said he was interested in sharing his story because he believes that quitting smoking is the best thing a person can do for their health, especially someone on income support. Read more