Working as a Firefighter with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

I have lived with mental health disorders for most of my life. As a kid, I didn’t realize that what I was experiencing could be classified as anxiety or depression. As time went on, I found myself coping with my mental health disorders by using drugs and alcohol. As time went on, I found myself … Read more

“I Didn’t Want to Die!”: Counsellor Trevor’s Story of Triumph over Addiction

Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, to two loving, hard-working, parents, Trevor describes his childhood as “carefree.” He says he was a happy-go-lucky guy who enjoyed hanging out with his friends and drinking alcohol. A twinkle appears in Trevor’s eye and he admits, “I was good at it.” Trevor says drinking increased his energy and boosted his … Read more

Finding Christopher: From Addiction To Recovery

Born in Campbell River, BC, Christopher says he was always obsessed over something. It started with baseball gloves, wheelbarrows, and cowboys. His earliest memories are good ones—family dinners, camping, and spending time with his siblings. When Christopher turned four his mom and stepdad split up, his brother went into foster care, his sister moved in … Read more

Why Meaning and Purpose Are More Important Than Happiness

There’s no doubt in my mind that I was born an addict. Throughout my life, in my resting state, I felt very empty, lost, and often scared. From a very young age, I sought pleasure and excitement, in search for a “hit” of something to make me feel just a little bit more than I … Read more

The Man in the Mirror: Counsellor Sergio’s Story

From his distinguished bearing, cherubic face, and piercing blue eyes, Sergio is the picture of good health. But don’t let his baby blues fool you—once upon a time, Edgewood’s favourite counsellor was a troubled man indeed. Born in Montreal, Sergio comes from a long line of alcoholics. Trauma touched his life at an early age … Read more