Disulfiram as a Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders 

At Searidge, we believe in a comprehensive approach to recovery, and this often includes pharmacotherapy. Disulfiram (commonly sold under the brand name Antabuse) is one medication that is prescribed to treat alcohol use disorders.  Nausea, headaches, and other hangover effects can be enough to put you off drinking large amounts of alcohol. When you’re taking disulfiram, these effects begin moments after alcohol enters your system, […]

Socialise Sober?

This holiday season, will you party sober?

Alcohol and social gatherings, just seem to go hand in hand, don’t they? Nothing gets a party going quite like a bottle of liquor. Our ancestors also recognised alcohol’s power; in his book Drunk, Slingerland argues that alcohol caused humans to become more cultural and communal, providing the “spark that caused humans to form large-scale […]

Bright lights. Behind the curtains.

The anticipation, the drama! Theatre. The romance of the theatre exists to this day, and without the ability to try again 150 times, a privilege many Hollywood stars enjoy, we often get to see raw and “unprocessed” emotional deliveries on topics we often struggle to adequately describe to even ourselves. Acting is a gateway, some […]

Sober or Sober Curious? The Times Are Changing, Should the Definition of Sobriety Change Too?

A New Definition of Sobriety All things change, so they say, but is the meaning of the word “sober” really as flexible as some people today think it is? Maybe. In a time when almost everything falls into the subjective gray area, why can’t the true meaning behind the word sober also be up for […]

The global burden of alcohol according to a recent World Health Organization report, and what it means for Canadians

Last year, The World Health Organization (WHO) released a global status report on alcohol and health. This was an extensive review on the current disease burden of alcohol worldwide, and how each country is responding to the issue. Today, it is estimated that 2.3 billion people drink alcohol (WHO, 2018). Of this cohort, the average […]

VIVITROL for Alcoholism at Searidge Foundation

What is VIVITROL? VIVITROL is a prescription medication administered to individuals experiencing an alcohol use disorder. It is an opioid antagonist and administered intramuscularly by health care professionals. The drug attaches to opioid receptors in the brain curtailing the crave for alcohol. Unlike most opioids, VIVITROL does not promote the release of dopamine. In turn, […]

You Drove Drunk. You Screwed Up. Now What?

A night out, friends, family, a few drinks, laughter, a few more drinks, a bad decision, a loud noise, sirens, blue and red lights and then a room with bars stopping you from leaving. You’re terrified, you didn’t mean for this to happen, and the insurmountable guilt of having just done the worst thing in […]

Creating a Culture of Addiction Recovery

The culture of substance use and addiction is deeply engrained in the food industry. Late nights, high stress, and an abundance of alcohol and other substances have fostered this culture, entangling countless people in the food and service industry. Yet, the stigma of addiction and mental illness remains a barrier to treatment and prevents many […]