A New Approach to Addiction

Early in July, Canadians with substance use problems received support from an unexpected group: Canada’s police chiefs. This is taken from the statement of Chief Constable Adam Palmer, the President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, on July 9, 2020: “The CACP proposes increased access to healthcare, treatment and social services to divert…

Addiction and the Pandemic

For most jurisdictions where they were legal, alcohol and marijuana were available at every stage of the pandemic. In North America, the shops selling marijuana and alcohol were deemed an “essential service” which meant that they were open throughout the pandemic, in the same way as grocery stores and pharmacies were open. Even in news…

Parenting and Marijuana

Isn’t that a title that captures your attention? But this essay is not about the first thing that might naturally come to mind with the title Parenting and Marijuana. This is my way of introducing the two topics that I want to spend the summer considering. I have spent the last four months writing about…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 58

“Dr. Beck, my grandfather started drinking during World War II. My Dad says he became an alcoholic. I’m using more marijuana than my parents realize and I think I’m getting addicted to it, just like my Grandpa became addicted to alcohol.” This is a situation that is coming up often in my practice, since many…