To My Beautiful Brothers and Sisters Who Struggle …

To my beautiful brothers and sisters who struggle …

… recognize that you are a sick person getting well, not a bad person getting good. Our actions may have been poor and our judgement lacking during our drinking days, but no one has the right to make us feel less than. You are finding the path to wellness and recovery – and the joy a life of sobriety brings is beyond measure.

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Let’s Really Talk About Addiction

On January 27, Bell Let’s Talk Day, Renascent live-streamed a fireside conversation about the #2 mental health issue facing Canadians — addiction. Moderated by CEO Dr. Patrick Smith, this conversation engaged our counsellors and people with lived experience of addiction and recovery — from personal, family and workplace perspectives. Over 600 people viewed the livestream with more than 2,600 engaging within 19 hours. Watch the stream here or on our Facebook page and add your comments!

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To My Beautiful Brothers and Sisters Who Struggle …

To my beautiful brothers and sisters who struggle …

… recognize that you are a sick person getting well, not a bad person getting good. Our actions may have been poor and our judgement lacking during our drinking days, but no one has the right to make us feel less than. You are finding the path to wellness and recovery – and the joy a life of sobriety brings is beyond measure.

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Hello, My Name is Joanne and I’m an …

People who have crossed the line from dependence to addiction exist in a state where the brain regards the drug as indispensable to survival as oxygen – taking precedence over health, family and employability. This is why addicted people continue to use despite catastrophic consequences. And it’s these catastrophic consequences – identified solely with the person, not the disease – that fuel stigma.

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Perspective: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness in Addiction Recovery

If you know or meet someone who is dually diagnosed and new to recovery, you can be of benefit to them by welcoming them and reminding them what the AA literature states on medications. Look out for them when they are at your meeting. Help them feel safe if you can. Remember that people can sometimes be easily led astray, especially when they are vulnerable due to their mental illness.

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