Gwen is first tentative as she approaches conversation. The young woman, now 22, was betrayed and hurt by those she treasured the most, and her trauma is palpable. One year after her best friend Abbe was brutally killed, Gwen has every reason to be cautious. But when she glances over at Susan Raphael, her former … Continue reading A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery
Bemelman's Bar, a place I went for fun and comfort. Susan B. Raphael Reminiscent of a playful kaleidoscope, the sparkling booze-filled bottles that lined the wall tempted my youthful will. There was something magical about that glass wall at Bemelman’s – a former Toronto hotspot – where I once lunched with my father after visiting … Continue reading How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction
Despite the harmful consequences of substance use that can lead to mental and physical distress, vulnerable youth are still engaging in unsafe behaviors involving drugs and alcohol.
Buy "Mere Addiction", by Michael Bryant