Life Insurance, Life Assurance, and Addiction

I’ve heard that going to 12 step meetings is like paying a premium for life insurance. The more you go, the more inspiration you bank, and then the more hope you have to lean on in times of need. We listen for nuggets of wisdom that insure us, preventing our lives from returning to what … Continued

About Carli Stephens-Rothman

With a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University, Carli has been writing professionally for seven years. Today she can admit that six of those were mostly a blur. Reaching a year clean and sober in December of 2015 -- after privately (and then not so privately) battling addiction for much of her twenties -- Carli has refocused her personal and professional lives in order to nurture a new path. From her home on Vancouver Island, she continues to freelance for a number of Toronto-based publications, including The Toronto Star and SheDoesTheCity, while setting out upon a new academic journey in the field of addictions and mental health. When not writing or studying, or exploring the brilliant world of recovery, she teaches yoga with a focus on healing and confidence-building.


Come On, Get Happy

Here’s a little bit of humility for you: Last weekend, I screwed up. I take my own mistakes quite personally, and so finding out that I had overstepped and offended a friend sent me into a three-day tailspin. Stupid, stupid, stupid, I told myself. Plus a few curse words. You see, as a student-turned-practitioner of … Continued

About Carli Stephens-Rothman

With a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University, Carli has been writing professionally for seven years. Today she can admit that six of those were mostly a blur. Reaching a year clean and sober in December of 2015 -- after privately (and then not so privately) battling addiction for much of her twenties -- Carli has refocused her personal and professional lives in order to nurture a new path. From her home on Vancouver Island, she continues to freelance for a number of Toronto-based publications, including The Toronto Star and SheDoesTheCity, while setting out upon a new academic journey in the field of addictions and mental health. When not writing or studying, or exploring the brilliant world of recovery, she teaches yoga with a focus on healing and confidence-building.


Crazy Talk: Promoting Stigma With What We Say

We talk a lot about stigma; the various forms that it can take, both direct and indirect, and the ways that we can combat it. We talk a lot about this stuff, but often fail to recognize that talking — literal language itself — is sometimes part of the problem. On the phone with a … Continued

About Carli Stephens-Rothman

With a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University, Carli has been writing professionally for seven years. Today she can admit that six of those were mostly a blur. Reaching a year clean and sober in December of 2015 -- after privately (and then not so privately) battling addiction for much of her twenties -- Carli has refocused her personal and professional lives in order to nurture a new path. From her home on Vancouver Island, she continues to freelance for a number of Toronto-based publications, including The Toronto Star and SheDoesTheCity, while setting out upon a new academic journey in the field of addictions and mental health. When not writing or studying, or exploring the brilliant world of recovery, she teaches yoga with a focus on healing and confidence-building.


Addicts and Shame: A Process of Unbecoming

If you’ve ever had a conversation with an addict in their first few months away from substances, they will describe to you a roller coaster of sweet and sour emotions. During that first stretch, as the body stabilizes, and the brain struggles to do the same, the addicted person will likely spend a great deal … Continued

About Carli Stephens-Rothman

With a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University, Carli has been writing professionally for seven years. Today she can admit that six of those were mostly a blur. Reaching a year clean and sober in December of 2015 -- after privately (and then not so privately) battling addiction for much of her twenties -- Carli has refocused her personal and professional lives in order to nurture a new path. From her home on Vancouver Island, she continues to freelance for a number of Toronto-based publications, including The Toronto Star and SheDoesTheCity, while setting out upon a new academic journey in the field of addictions and mental health. When not writing or studying, or exploring the brilliant world of recovery, she teaches yoga with a focus on healing and confidence-building.


Rob Ford Died This Week

Rob Ford died this week. You may know the name. You may remember he was Toronto’s mayor from 2010 to 2014. You may also recognize it from the multitudes of headlines that colloquially condemned his drug use. Why? Because Rob Ford was bad. Bold lettering and snappy alliterations appeared next to photos of his big, … Continued

About Carli Stephens-Rothman

With a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University, Carli has been writing professionally for seven years. Today she can admit that six of those were mostly a blur. Reaching a year clean and sober in December of 2015 -- after privately (and then not so privately) battling addiction for much of her twenties -- Carli has refocused her personal and professional lives in order to nurture a new path. From her home on Vancouver Island, she continues to freelance for a number of Toronto-based publications, including The Toronto Star and SheDoesTheCity, while setting out upon a new academic journey in the field of addictions and mental health. When not writing or studying, or exploring the brilliant world of recovery, she teaches yoga with a focus on healing and confidence-building.


Co-Occurring Disorders and the Redundancy of Choice

Have you ever been humiliated by a barista? I have. I was told once that ordering Chai Tea was redundant, because the word ‘chai’ means ‘tea’. She punctuated the insult, while handing me a pile of sticky change, by pointing out that I wouldn’t ever order a coffee-coffee. And she was right. (Unless, of course, … Continued

About Carli Stephens-Rothman

With a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University, Carli has been writing professionally for seven years. Today she can admit that six of those were mostly a blur. Reaching a year clean and sober in December of 2015 -- after privately (and then not so privately) battling addiction for much of her twenties -- Carli has refocused her personal and professional lives in order to nurture a new path. From her home on Vancouver Island, she continues to freelance for a number of Toronto-based publications, including The Toronto Star and SheDoesTheCity, while setting out upon a new academic journey in the field of addictions and mental health. When not writing or studying, or exploring the brilliant world of recovery, she teaches yoga with a focus on healing and confidence-building.


Abstaining from Judgment: A Case for Harm Reduction

The words “harm reduction” tend to illicit a polarized reaction, and we’ve been hearing these words more and more these days. Is it because there’s more need for a harm reduction model today than ever before? Or is it because there’s more fear now that Canada’s collective substance abuse issue has spun wildly out of control, … Continued

About Carli Stephens-Rothman

With a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University, Carli has been writing professionally for seven years. Today she can admit that six of those were mostly a blur. Reaching a year clean and sober in December of 2015 -- after privately (and then not so privately) battling addiction for much of her twenties -- Carli has refocused her personal and professional lives in order to nurture a new path. From her home on Vancouver Island, she continues to freelance for a number of Toronto-based publications, including The Toronto Star and SheDoesTheCity, while setting out upon a new academic journey in the field of addictions and mental health. When not writing or studying, or exploring the brilliant world of recovery, she teaches yoga with a focus on healing and confidence-building.


Getting Naked in Bed: Sex in Recovery from Addiction

Among the many Shames with which addiction can saddle the soul, sex-conduct remains one of the most significant scourges. Often we hear about drunken one-night stands, or one-off bathroom quickies while high on party drugs. We read about them in magazines and blush, or laugh when the sassy protagonist in this year’s inevitable Valentine’s Day … Continued

About Carli Stephens-Rothman

With a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University, Carli has been writing professionally for seven years. Today she can admit that six of those were mostly a blur. Reaching a year clean and sober in December of 2015 -- after privately (and then not so privately) battling addiction for much of her twenties -- Carli has refocused her personal and professional lives in order to nurture a new path. From her home on Vancouver Island, she continues to freelance for a number of Toronto-based publications, including The Toronto Star and SheDoesTheCity, while setting out upon a new academic journey in the field of addictions and mental health. When not writing or studying, or exploring the brilliant world of recovery, she teaches yoga with a focus on healing and confidence-building.