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Addiction in Ontario

Addiction is a disease, not a moral issue, and addicts are driven by an inner compulsion to turn to alcohol or drugs when overwhelmed, stressed, sad and even excited. For some reason, they lack the ability to keep from doing things they don’t mean to...

Couple in a codependent relationship
Recognizing the Signs of a Codependent Relationship

Being the spouse or parent of someone struggling with addiction is difficult. As a parent or spouse, you only want what is best for your loved one. You provide them with unconditional love and want to help them however you can. Unfortunately, in the midst...

How to Recognize the Signs of Alcoholism

Alcohol is a socially acceptable part of everyday life for many Canadians. Many people enjoy alcohol, in fact, according to Canada’s Public Health Services 80% of Canadians drink alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, alcohol is also the most abused drug in Canada. While drinking alcohol is legal...

Overdose Deaths in Vancouver at a Historical High for 2017

Deaths related to overdoses hit a historical high in Vancouver, BC last year. The city reported that there were an estimated 335 deaths related to illicit drug overdoses in 2017. That’s almost one casualty due to overdoses a day. These numbers are up 42% from...

Living a clean and sober life
Living a Clean and Sober Life VS Taking Clean Drugs

Safe injection sites are becoming more and more common in Canada’s major cities. These supervised injection sites offer a harm reduction model for individuals struggling with addictions. While these centres may be beneficial to some, choosing a clean, sober life has more long-term health benefits....

Drug Abuse Interventions Needed – Canada’s Opioid Crisis Growing

With drug overdoses on the rise in Canada, professional interventionist Andy Bhatti knows that something has to change in order to save Canadians from ending their lives. The Public Health Agency of Canada announced on Monday that at least 1,460 people have died of opioid...

how to write an intervention letter
How to Write an Intervention Letter – Our 5 Tips

Interventions for family members who are addicted to drugs or alcohol can be quite the emotional experience. Because of this, Andy Bhatti Interventions & Addictions Services recommends writing an intervention letter for your loved one. Writing it down on a piece of paper allows you to...

A man in need of an substance abuse intervention
3 Signs Your Loved One Needs A Substance Abuse Intervention

If someone in your home is abusing alcohol, the problem is impossible to ignore. Every person in the family will be affected, which means it might be a good idea to know the signs of alcoholism. While holding a substance abuse intervention may seem drastic, it’s...

Alberta Approves Injectable Opioid Therapy To Fight Overdoses

The province of Alberta has approved and will be developing pilot projects in Edmonton and Calgary for drug addicts. The projects will allow patients to inject the opioid drug hydromorphone under the supervision of medical professionals. Hydromorphone is an extremely strong pain medication that is...

Addicted to Fentanyl? Ask For Help, Vancouver Interventionist Pleads

Fentanyl has flooded the drug market and business is booming, as is the number of overdose deaths in Vancouver. In British Columbia and Alberta, the two hardest-hit provinces, fatal overdoses linked to fentanyl soared from 42 in 2012 to 418 in 2015. Fentanyl, which is an...

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