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Turning Darkness into Light: The Journey of Recovery from Addiction

Teenager depressed sitting inside a dirty tunnel

By Dr. Jan Malat, Interim Chief, Addictions Division

Two years ago this December when the power outage left our city in darkness, my patient was alone with nowhere to go. Like many families of addicted patients, his family had distanced itself after many years of relapses and broken promises. He ended up spending several days with his neighbours, playing board games with their children under the candlelight. My patient experienced a level of contentment and connection he hadn’t felt in years. He was deeply moved by this experience and said very poetically, “we turned the darkness into light.”   Read more

Opioids, legal or not, can kill; It’s time for action


By Dr. Peter Selby, Chief of Addictions and Director of Medical Education at CAMH

In the past few weeks, the media has covered a spate of tragic deaths from overdose due to fentanyl, a very potent opioid, some 50 times stronger than morphine. What’s more is that new research shows skyrocketing prescription rates and illegally produced opioids are accessible across the country.

Overdose deaths are needless and entirely preventable; it’s time to take action.

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How good is the quality of online tobacco dependence treatment courses?


By Dr. Stephen Kish, Senior Scientist and Head of the Human Brain Laboratory in the Research Imaging Centre

Addiction to tobacco (presently a legal substance for adults in Canada) is a leading cause of death worldwide — but it is a challenge to deliver effective smoking cessation services at a time of scarce health care dollars.  Many who wish to quit will first contact a health care professional such as a family doctor, nurse or pharmacist for a plan, but few are actually trained in treating tobacco addiction. Read more

Social Work at CAMH: Three perspectives


Social work plays an important role in the interdisciplinary treatment that is offered at CAMH. On Social Work Day, we spoke with three social workers who shared their reflections as integral team members responsible for the healing and recovery of our clients. Read more

A Primer to Workplace Addiction Issues


By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

My previous primer blog addressed the relationship between work and mental illness. In a similar way, I wanted to tackle the topic of substance use, and how individuals are negatively affected by it in the workplace. Read more


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