Addiction Resources

Articles & downloads on addiction recovery

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Alcohol Addiction Resources

  • AWARE Questionnaire

    PDF Download [106KB]

    The AWARE Questionnaire (Advance Warning of Relapse) is a self-report questionnaire designed to monitor alcohol addiction relapse warning signs.

  • CAGE Questionnaire

    PDF Download [13KB]

    Developed by Dr. John Ewing, founding Director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina at Cahpel Hill, CAGE is an internationally used assessment instrument for identifying alcoholics. It is particularly popular with primary caregivers.

  • AUDIT: Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test

    PDF Download [81KB]

    The AUDIT was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a simple method of screening for excessive drinking and to assist in brief assessment.

Drug Addiction Resources

  • DAST: Drug Abuse Screening Test

    PDF Download [77KB]

    The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) was developed in 1982 and is still an excellent screening tool. It is a 28-item self-report scale that consists of items that parallel those of the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST).

Pornography Addiction Resources

Gambling Addiction Resources

Beyond Recovery: Life Management Resources

  • The Vulnerability Challenge

    Colin, from Nanaimo, B.C., thought of this interesting platform for people to share their fears or a side of themselves they have hidden – be vulnerable – on social media and the response has been fantastic.

  • Article: “4 rituals that will make you happy”

    This is not gimmicky! UCLA neuroscience researcher Dr. Alex Korb has some fantastic and simple insights that can help create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.

Addiction Recovery Blogs

  • Addiction Blog

    A fantastic resource that embraces new ideas and alternative therapies for the treatment of all types of addiction.

  • Marc Lewis (Memoirs of an Addicted Brain)

    Neuroscientist Marc Lewis PhD provides a different view on the idea of addiction as a disease.

  • She Recovers

    Founded in Victoria, B.C., Dawn Nickel and her daughter Taryn Strong built this movement for women in recovery that has a worldwide audience and great resources available.

  • Hip Sobriety

    Holly Whitaker is the genius behind this blog! Her writing is raw, fierce, honest and authentic. Holly provides an approach for women getting sober that some would think might be a bit unconventional in this field, but is not really that unconventional — it’s how she wanted to approach it! She is a brilliant writer and I love her approach to change.

  • Sober Nation

    Has a worldwide following providing practical information for both those in recovery and also families trying to navigate the chaos that often is in motion when someone they love is actively consuming substances problematically.

  • Laura McKowen

    Another warrior in recovery who writes beautifully, authentically, and specifically for women.

  • William White Papers

    Substance use and addiction historian Bill White writes unbiasedly on a variety of topics. Amazing catalogue of information!

  • The Fix

    With a worldwide reach, The Fix features a mix of breaking news within the field, exclusive interviews, investigative reports and lifestyle and cultural resources. Lots of great current information, science, and diverse perspectives.

  • Maia Szalavitz

    Sought after premier American journalists covering addiction and drugs, Maia focuses on science, public policy, and addiction treatment with a different perspective.

  • Centre for Motivation & Change

    Based in New York City, but with an worldwide online reach, they are committed to providing non-ideological, evidence-based effective treatment. Co-founder Dr. Jeffrey Foote is also the author of "Beyond Addiction", which I always recommend for families and loved ones of clients.

Family Support Resources

Research & Science

The internet offers a wealth of information focused on addiction research in all disciplines. Below you will find a collection of online resources that I value highly.

  • Canada Drug Rehab

    Canada-wide treatment resource directory developed by private mens-only drug and alcohol rehab Sunshine Coast Health Centre in Powell River, British Columbia.

  • CARBC: Centre for Addiction Research of British Columbia

    Based in Victoria at the University of Victoria, CARBC conducts high-quality research and contributes to constructive communication between producers, intermediaries and users of various types of knowledge.

  • CAMH: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

    Based in Toronto, Ontario, CAMH is one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.

  • The Chemistry of Addiction (Video)

    Hank describes how our brains respond biochemically to various addictive substances and behaviors and where those responses have come from, evolutionarily speaking. A very good use of 11.5 minutes of your time!

  • Wasted (Video)

    A revolution in addiction research offers hope to those whose lives are wasted by addiction! Psychotherapist Mike Pond from Vancouver, British Columbia and his partner, Documentary Filmmaker Maureen Palmer of Bountiful Films, set out to document, by trial and error, the latest in addiction resources. An absolutely brilliant documentary. Shown on CBC's "The Nature of Things", hosted by David Suzuki.