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Knowing the Signs, Taking Action:Advice for People Who Are Worried about a Loved One's Substance Use

If someone you love is using intoxicants in spite of problems it’s causing at home, among friends and at work, they have a problem that requires immediate attention. They’ve reached a point where their use of drugs or alcohol has become more important to them than anything else. That’s self-destructive behavior, and it can be dangerous for others as well. If your loved one denies that there’s a problem and is unwilling to discuss the situation, it’s time to look for help.


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God and Mental Health

Understanding God has been a lifelong quest. My beliefs about God and God’s role in my life has had a significant impact on my sense of psychological well-being. Ideas about God, spirituality and religion have also profoundly affected many of the individuals I have supported in my capacity, as a mental health clinician. For some understanding of and relationship to God, has brought comfort. For others distress. For me, both.


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Living In The Moment

I recently had the good fortune of meeting Susan and her boyfriend, Roy, while on vacation in Costa Rica. First, I met Roy. Roy and I were partners during yoga. We provided support for each other in tree pose. “Big tree, little tree”, our teacher commented.


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Why Do People Self-Injure?

Self-injury is defined as intentional direct damage to one’s body without suicidal intent. There is a distinction between individuals who self-injure in order to cope with overwhelming thoughts and feelings, and those attempting to end their lives.


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10 Strategies for Managing Stress Associated with Caring for an Autistic Child

Recently, during a visit to the grocery store, I overheard the blood curdling, inconsolable screams of a distressed child. It brought back memories of the numerous, similar experiences I had with my son Jordan.


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Cannabis, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

On April 13, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis, for recreational use. Access to cannabis for medical use was introduced by Health Canada in 2001.


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