A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery

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

How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

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

Young People and Mental Wellness: Why It’s Important to Inspire Easily Influenced Minds

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.

THE CALL FOR AN INTEGRATED FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL

Liz van Ryn and Victoria Creighton, Pine River Institute Providing transformative family therapy within a therapeutic treatment program is difficult to do. Pine River Institute attempted to meet this challenge by integrating a family systems model throughout their treatment program. The family systems model is largely informed by Satir Family Therapy, given the focus on … Continue reading THE CALL FOR AN INTEGRATED FAMILY SYSTEMS MODEL

We need to stop romanticizing alcohol

ANDRÉ PICARD  The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017 5:00AM EDT.                                                                There has been, in recent months, intense attention paid to the devastation … Continue reading We need to stop romanticizing alcohol