Resources for Information on Mediation
Mediation is a relatively new profession and the regulation
of its practitioners and practices is not yet well established.
The governing organization in Canada is the
Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, and
Both these sites have explanations of how to choose a mediator,
and what to expect.
Resources for Information on Addiction Therapy
Addiction is a sickness of both the mind and the body, and it
is not fully understood. No one kind of support or treatment
works for everyone. That’s why there are so many different views
on what it is and so very many methods and styles of treatment.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is the most
important provider of therapy in the Toronto region. CAMH also
educates, and is at the forefront of progress towards
understanding addictions, and removing the stigma attached to
all forms of mental illness.
A source of information and a listing of
the treatment resources in the Toronto area is the
Alcohol Resource Line, available 24/7 at 800-565-8603 or
Alcoholics Anonymous and
Cocaine Anonymous are part of
the vast network of 12-Step programs, offering immediate contact
and support for addicts and their families (there is even
specific 12-step program for the adult children of alcoholics, http://www.adultchildren.org/)
For an overview of the 12-step method, links to it’s
proponents and detractors, and information about forty-seven
different kinds of 12-step "anonymous" groups, see
suffer from alienation and therefore benefit from the sharing of
knowledge. A bibliography of books and articles would be a major
project, but here are a few books and articles that you might
Intoxication: Universal Drive for Mind Altering Substances,
by Robert Siegel, is a serious study of addiction in the animal
and insect world. From ants to elephants, there are addicts and
Eric J. Nestler and Robert C. Malenka, “The Addicted Brain,”
Scientific American, March 2004, pp. 78-85. This article is
good reading for anybody who thinks that “it’s all in your head”
means that it isn’t real.
The Tao of Sobriety, by David Gragson and Jay S. Efran,
is one in a thousand self-help books, and there are dozens of
good ones like this; written in plain language with useful