Structural Societal Stigma: “Police Record Checks” Ruining Lives

Recently I was asked to submit to a vulnerable sector “police record check” by a treatment center at which I volunteer my time facilitating group recovery meetings for inpatients suffering from addiction and mental health disorders. I agreed and sent away the form to the Toronto Police.  Within a couple of weeks I received the … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


“I am a Grateful Alcoholic”

Years ago I never thought I would say that “I am a grateful alcoholic.”  I had heard this said at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings on occasion when someone would choose to introduce themselves that way, but never really understood why or how being an alcoholic was something to be grateful for. After working the entire 12 steps … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


“Not the Whole Story”

Five years ago I participated in a longitudinal study funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  The study was to provide systematic research evaluating and examining causes and barriers related to many single mothers living in poverty collecting social assistance with the hope of spreading public awareness an encouragement for society to work towards change and … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


“Paying it Forward”

Giving back is a “win-win” situation. People in society today tend to be self-absorbed and wrapped up in their own lives. Most don’t realize that stepping “outside of themselves” with various acts of kindness not only helps the other person but also enhances personal growth and happiness for oneself. For example, in 2009 a study … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Why Addiction is Often Termed “A Family Disease/Illness”

Many are unaware of the effects addiction has on the family of the addict.  The disease is so powerful that is swoops in silently taking the entire family hostage like a cancerous growth slowly robbing all family members including the addict of their values, emotions, and soul. It can be described as a “parallel” disease.  … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Finding Yourself Through Recovery

What does recovery mean?  How does one find recovery?  Recovery does not come to the individual.  The individual must go to recovery.  There is no “magic recovery pill.”   There needs to be a desire to seek and work towards recovery.  Even though it does not seem possible at the time of despair, it is … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Does the Media Promote and Portray Societal Stigma? How will Society ever come to truly understand that addiction is disease?

Did you ever use illicit drugs?  Did you ever smoke crack cocaine?  Are you an alcoholic?  Tell the truth Rob Ford so society can hang you from a tree and whip you with a hard stick.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  How dare you have an addiction problem.  That makes you a horrible dishonorable … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Addiction: Disease or Choice?

Does the addict have the ability to just choose to say “NO”? This is a question often debated by many. Why does the addict continue to harm themselves and others through substance abuse? The core of the illness demonstrates that somewhere along the way the addict loses the ability to choose. Loved ones become frustrated, … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Alcoholism: A Mother’s Journey

I am an educated woman and mother to three beautiful children.  However, I am alcoholic. I am sharing my story with hope to further educate the public in understanding that addiction is a disease that can affect anyone; regardless of gender, race, education or religion. Once people can wrap their head around the idea the … Continued

About Carole Eastman

Carole is an addiction counselor whose passion is to provide support to others suffering from the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. In recovery from alcoholism for over 6 years, Carole understands the barriers and challenges many face in order to achieve a better quality of life which we are all so deserving of. Carole has raised three children as a single mother and after many years of struggling now enjoys living life on life’s terms. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, and follow her story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.