BATTLING THE POST HOLIDAY BLUES (PS: IT’S PROBABLY NOT DEPRESSION)

By Jeff Vircoe A loud belly laugh erupted from the audience. Landing on stage with a thud, it clearly irritated the lone performer standing in the spotlight. Between songs during a concert at New York’s famed Fillmore East in June of 1970, Stephen Stills was quietly explaining the roots of his next song, a snarly … Read more

LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES: DR. GARY RICHARDSON IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST ADDICTION SAVVY PHYSICIANS

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­­­­­By Jeff Vircoe   Gary Richardson was a young physician in a new country when the warning came. It arrived loud and clear. An elderly patient in his private practice heard he was leaving to go to work at an addiction treatment centre, and she wanted to offer some advice about his soon-to-be clientele. “Just … Read more

Elizabeth Loudon: A hands-on clinician with a passion for recovery

By Jeff Vircoe She’s like the Ninja mother hen of Edgewood. Unfailingly visible at the counselor’s alcove across from the nurse’s desk, at exactly the time when the inpatients head for the common area or a smoke after morning lecture, Elizabeth Loudon’s eyes see all. Who’s acting out? Who is isolating? Who’s being flirty? Who … Read more

PSYCHIATRIST GETS PERSONAL ABOUT WALKING THE WALK

By Charles Whelton, MD, FRCP (C), ABAM Psychiatrist, Maple Team, Edgewood Treatment Centre   As a psychiatrist, I’m good at talking the talk. I listen to people, assess their situation as best I can, and then I give it to them with both barrels. Advice, counsel, guidance, help, direction, recommendations, suggestions, tips. I’m full of it, … Read more

EDGEWOOD TREATMENT CENTRE EXECUTIVE TAKES ADDICTION PERSONALLY

By Jeff Vircoe She is the first one to admit she isn’t front and centre when it comes to fighting the disease. At least, not in the same way as are counselors and support staff. Yet, behind the scenes, Colleen Ward has quietly created as big a footprint around the Edgewood campus as any staff … Read more

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