Leslie McBain is the founder of Moms Stop the Harm, a network of parents who have lost children to drug harms, and provides guidance to the BC Centre on Substance Use as their family engagement lead.
On Feb. 4, 2014, my only child died – alone – of an accidental overdose.
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Some days I’ll use my go-to line, “He’s still finding himself.” Other days I’ll play it straight, “He’s a drug addict and alcoholic with mental-health issues.”
I always hope my date will just ask me about our truly amazing childhood instead.
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Two days after last year’s Christmas, Gesar Saunders learned his brother Merlin had died of an overdose. He was 26 years old, and had been clean for months. There was a sense of optimism about his recovery. But then he relapsed.
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Filmmaker Maureen Palmer set out to make a documentary following her partner Mike Pond
— a psychotherapist and an alcoholic five years sober — as he searched for the best new evidence-based addiction treatments. The intent was to help others battling substance use disorders.
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Barbour said she was shocked at how some people outside the healthcare system reacted while her son was being treated for an opioid addiction.
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Mother of 17 year-old drug user discusses problems with the system.
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Each week, CNN profiles someone who has faced a dramatic turning point in their life. This story describes how after losing his son to addiction, Kim Manlove found himself in a recovery centre and how he transitioned from grief to action to support other families struggling to find evidence-based addiction treatment in an environment dominated by stigma and shame. See the full story here…..
Take a look at Johann Hari’s very powerful and thought provoking TED talk on why we should reconsider how we support people with addiction. If you are looking for an easy to read, comprehensive and up-to-date review of the science of addiction we strongly recommend you also review this recent NIDA Publication on the topic .
Dr. Nora Volkow (Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse) shares her insight on addiction as disease of free will and shares a personal story that really hits home in this great blog post!