May 2, 2019

From A Death Wish To A Life Of Possibility- The Reality Of Substance Use Disorder with Gord Garner

From A Death Wish To A Life Of Possibility- The Reality Of Substance Use Disorder with Gord Garner

Integrate, Empower, Recover...

It is estimated approx 21% of the population will meet the criteria for addiction in their lifetime. We associate this typically with drugs and alcohol but it extends far beyond that with food, sex, gambling etc. For some, its a foreign concept and yet for others it hits much closer to home. Addiction has the ability to ruin lives on every level and yet even at the darkest of times, there is hope. Hope for many, is all they need.

At the age of 19, Gord Garner's drug addiction had moved far beyond the occasional weekend bender to hard core daily use of crack cocaine. By 24, death seemed like a much more realistic future than anything else. And yet, Gord continued to beat the odds. At the age of 56, after decades of being in and out of treatment centers, between jobs, homes and relationships- the possibility of living clean seemed within reach. Nine years later, Gord is the man behind CAPSA. The Community Addictions Peer Support Association helping others who suffer from substance abuse disorder. CAPSA has a vision where individuals affected by addiction have access to support when seeking help without stigma or discrimination- where recovery focused services and support are based on collaborations and partnerships and where everyone is welcome. If you are suffering or know someone who is, please check out their website www.capsa.ca

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