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Rape is rape

Public stoning of rape victims next policy Republicans have up sleeves?

Prescription drug addiction: what you need to know

I became addicted to drugs in 1973, when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. When I first consulted doctors with my symptoms, they didn’t know what to do with me. My disease was in its early stages...

Former BC NDP leader Carole James’ private struggle with her son's drugs and alcohol addiction

I was recently interviewed on NEWS 1130 radio here in Vancouver about the very touching story that has surfaced regarding former BC NDP leader Carole James and her son’s addiction.

Terror in Colorado: The Dark Knight of No Soul

I must admit, I am stymied. How could such a thing happen? How could somebody be so completely insane that he committed such a treacherous, deliberate, premeditated, totally horrendous act against...

Sir Elton John: A man of courageous moxie

This morning I listened to Elton John’s interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show. This amazingly brave man spoke candidly about how he “squandered” (his word) many years of his life by giving in...

Prescription Addiction – in BABIES??

Lately, we have been seeing articles and videos in the news about the astounding increase of babies who are born addicted to prescription drugs. In each of them, there seems to be this underlying...

What I learned on my spring stay-cation

  As a gift to myself on my last birthday, I decided to take some well-earned time off -- a whole week off. Because I was craving a low-key week that wasn’t totally stuffed with things to see...

If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies: the power of transformation

An addictions counselor talks about her own "butterfly moment" of beating substance abuse.

Kicking addiction: allowing discomfort is the secret to successful recovery

Challenging your preconceptions about beating addiction You've given it a lot of thought. You know that your addiction is overwhelming your life and causing you a lot of problems. You really want to...
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