12 Step: All You Need to Participate Is the Desire to Stop Using

Opinion by EHN Staff Written by Chris Morris, Clinical Lead of the Outpatient Program at Bellwood Health Services. If you have the desire, you’re in!—that is 12 Step in a nutshell. You don’t have to say or do anything else, and nobody can make you. As soon as you decide you want to belong, no … Read more

Meet Mohammed Elewonibi: Super Bowl Champion, Father, Son, Friend, Recovering Addict

Opinion by EHN Guest Writer Written by Lorelie Rozzano, an internationally recognized author and advocate. Born on December 16, 1965, in Lagos, Nigeria, Mohammed Elewonibi recalls growing up in an alcoholic house, afraid and full of anger. His father was an aggressive alcoholic, and some of Mohammed’s earliest childhood memories are ones of fear. He … Read more

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

Losing an Old Friend to an Opioid Overdose

During high school, I was always looking for new crowds with whom to drink and do drugs. I first met Steve at a mutual friend’s party. We seemed to have the same compulsion for drugs and alcohol—though at the time, I didn’t recognize it as a compulsion. We hit it off immediately and began spending … 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