There’s nothing easy about Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
It’s not easy to talk about and it’s not easy to deal with.
We know. Families have a front row seat to the despair that is addiction. Treatment is often inaccessible, ineffective or outdated. Resources for families are scarce. Most persons struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) never receive treatment, and for those who do, it is often only after they have “hit rock bottom.” It doesn’t have to be this way. We know what evidence-based treatment involves; we know it works and we know it is cheaper than untreated addiction.
Public policy has to catch up with science and evidence. We need to educate families, work to end stigma and build widespread support for publicly-funded, timely, compassionate, evidence-based treatment. Let’s not let ignorance and prejudice continue to kill our loved ones, overburden our medical and legal systems, and crush our families and communities. There are so many reasons to be hopeful.
Requests of the Canadian Government
Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR) met with MP Rob Oliphant in December, 2017 to request that: all federal cannabis profits go to the treatment of addiction and mental illness until health care fu
Submission on Cannabis Packaging and Labelling
On January 20th, 2018 Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR) made a Submission on Cannabis Packaging and Labelling to Health Canada which recommended the least amount of branding and marketing as is
Stories of Recovery
My name is Colleen and I’m a person living in long term recovery.
It wasn't so much that I wanted to die as it was the idea that by ending my life, I would not have to endure any more of the thoughts and feelings I continued to experience at 20, 21, and 22. Even
My name is Kathleen and I’m a person living in long term recovery.
My name is Kathleen and I'm a person living in long-term recovery. My story is not a particularly unusual one, though I always imagined myself a particularly dramatic and tragic character who was mo
Why We Need Change
Our Journey with Myles
Myles was an intelligent, talented and caring young person. He loved learning and was an honor roll student. He was an active member in his school’s jazz band, concert band and choir, as well as
Our Journey With Matthew
At the age of 12, our son Matthew was diagnosed with depression. He was suffering from suicidal thoughts and was admitted on more than one occasion to the adolescent psychiatric ward. Matthew was pres