How Do I Help A Loved One Struggling with an Addiction?

  One of the most painful things to experience is watching the person you love deteriorate in front of your eyes. At this point, it can be easy to feel both helpless and resentful towards this person who is now becoming a shadow of the person you once knew. Previous attempts to approach this individual likely resulted in their denial or piercing words of anger. Eventually, after exhaustive attempts to help them, one fact will stand out like black on white… In life, all that we can control is self.   There is a reason that Al-Anon selected this idea…

Addiction and Cancer: Treating Diseases Differently

  Brad has seen how people treat diseases differently. When he was going through addiction, people crossed the street to get away from him. Meanwhile, when he was going through his cancer treatments, people wanted to get closer to him. Whether Brad was battling addictions or cancer, he was still the same person suffering. His experience speaks volumes to the stigma that still exists around drug and alcohol addictions. Education and understanding will reveal that we all deserve love and respect.        Brad’s story Becoming the Father I Knew I Could Be   is featured in MENtal Health:…

Healing Words from the Former Humboldt Broncos Assistant Coach

I don’t know about you, but I found it really difficult to examine my pain. It was easier to project my pain onto others, turn to alcohol in an attempt to escape it, or immerse myself into work. Healing is work.   Chris Beaudry reminds us of this truth. Now, it’s impossible to comprehend what Chris pulled up to that fateful April evening, and what transpired over the following days. But what is evident is that in order for Chris to heal, he had to go through the middle of his pain. The following video explains not only what he saw as…

10 Years Sober and Proud

Today marks 10 years of sobriety.  I am emotional even writing that. The reality is that nothing in my life would be possible without my sobriety. Nothing. I would not be blessed with a beautiful wife, four incredible sons, and a home not a house. From day one my wife, Tanya, said we were moving forward, not backward. She was (and always will be) my rock. I want to share 3 key lessons that I have learned along the way. 1. Use Your Voice in Times of Need Silence has never equalled strength. Staying behind closed doors can make us…

Fundraiser for Men's Camping Trip

My friend, Tommy Laplante, identified a need in the community, and created a program to match that need. Tommy understands the value of land-based healing, and will be taking men camping and fishing. This initiative is taking place through the Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre. The purpose of this outing is to promote comradery and leadership development for this group of men that frequent their facility. Considering that Saskatoon has some of the highest HIV rates in the country, campers will also receive education on HIV and addiction. There in no funding for this program and this is where…