It’s Mental Health Week, In More Ways Than One

This week, May 2-8, is the 65th annual Mental Health Week put on by the Canadian Mental Health Association.  The CMHA is calling on all Canadians to “GET LOUD” for mental health.  This is a good thing indeed. When you hear the fact that this has been 65 years running, it’s powerful.  Not many initiatives … Continued

About Carson McPherson

I am and do many things, but most importantly I am a father of two beautiful young girls and the proud husband to an amazing wife. As you'll see from my blog as time goes on, addiction has played a central role in my family for generations and has become the passion for which I base my work today. Enjoy and engage!


First Nations Youth in Crisis

The tragedy taking place in Canadian First Nations communities is both apparent and urgent, and it is equally imperative that Canadians address the challenges with empathy and understanding.  Given the political divide on Aboriginal policy in Canada, it is no surprise that the headlines of late have been marred with useless rhetoric from armchair pundits … Continued

About Carson McPherson

I am and do many things, but most importantly I am a father of two beautiful young girls and the proud husband to an amazing wife. As you'll see from my blog as time goes on, addiction has played a central role in my family for generations and has become the passion for which I base my work today. Enjoy and engage!


What is the Cost?

Substance abuse is an ubiquitous public health issue and so too are the quantitative & qualitative ramifications.  But what is the real cost of addiction? An often asked and abundantly loaded question, but without context it can be very hard to humanize the real factors that add to the ongoing epidemic. There is plenty of literature … Continued

About Carson McPherson

I am and do many things, but most importantly I am a father of two beautiful young girls and the proud husband to an amazing wife. As you'll see from my blog as time goes on, addiction has played a central role in my family for generations and has become the passion for which I base my work today. Enjoy and engage!


Chronic Care: The Rule, Not the Exception

People often equate addiction treatment with a clearly defined time frame, as if to imply that the ‘cure’ awaits the completion of a 28, 42, 90, etc. day program.  As if to say that the disease which may have been constructed over years of use and can likely be traced further beyond that can be … Continued

About Carson McPherson

I am and do many things, but most importantly I am a father of two beautiful young girls and the proud husband to an amazing wife. As you'll see from my blog as time goes on, addiction has played a central role in my family for generations and has become the passion for which I base my work today. Enjoy and engage!


Addiction and Your Enviroment

Is addiction a matter of biology or an output of our surroundings and circumstance? There was an undeniably interesting article by the American Journal on Addictions derived from a study in the 1970’s.  The synopsis is simple – during the Vietnam War a large percentage of deployed service men and women used heroin and a … Continued

About Carson McPherson

I am and do many things, but most importantly I am a father of two beautiful young girls and the proud husband to an amazing wife. As you'll see from my blog as time goes on, addiction has played a central role in my family for generations and has become the passion for which I base my work today. Enjoy and engage!


Addiction In The Workplace

Substance abuse in the workplace is an issue in practically every sector of the economy.  Addiction is boundless and one’s professional occupation provides neither predictive caveats nor a preordained pardon.  Like any medical disease, what you do for a living is irrelevant. Despite the difficulties addiction places on the workforce, from acutely quantifiable costs such … Continued

About Carson McPherson

I am and do many things, but most importantly I am a father of two beautiful young girls and the proud husband to an amazing wife. As you'll see from my blog as time goes on, addiction has played a central role in my family for generations and has become the passion for which I base my work today. Enjoy and engage!