CANADA AM Tackles a Hidden Epidemic in Week-Long Series on Addiction, Beginning May 12

— May 9, 2014

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TORONTO (May 9, 2014) CANADA AM announces a week-long series dedicated to discussing the growing problem of addiction in Canada. Beginning on Monday, May 12 and continuing throughout the week, CANADA AM will feature stories that address alcohol and substance dependency, youth and drugs, prevalence and inherent stigmas associated with addiction, warning signs to look for, as well as new and existing treatments.

CANADA AM’s addiction series schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 12

TALKING ABOUT ADDICTION: CANADA AM welcomes Dr. Lisa Lefebvre, Head of Addiction Medicine Service at CAMH, to discuss the prevalence of addiction in Canada and the importance of getting of rid of the stigma. Also, CANADA AM speaks to two former functional addicts, who tell their stories about coming clean and their goal to help others.


Tuesday, May 13

TIME TO INTERVENE: CANADA AM is joined by Wendy Cope, clinical manager of Bellwood Health Services, and Mark Elliot, interventionist and NEWSTALK 1010 radio host, who take a candid look at identifying the signs of problem drinking and substance abuse, when to get help, and how to intervene with someone struggling with addiction. 


Wednesday, May 14

NEW TREATMENTS FOR ADDICTION: CANADA AM examines how other countries are treating addiction and explores ideas on how the system in Canada can be improved. CANADA AM checks in with Dr. Evan Wood, a world-leading addiction medicine expert and the co-director of the Urban Health and Addiction Research Initiative at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, for an expert opinion.


Thursday, May 15

YOUTH AND DRUGS: CANADA AM assembles an expert panel including Dr. Joanna Henderson, Head of Research with the Child, Youth & Family Program at CAMH and two peer facilitators, to discuss the drugs that young people are using, warning signs for parents, and how they can help if their teen is struggling with addiction.


Friday, May 16

NEW AGE ADDICTIONS: CANADA AM examines common behavioural addictions – gambling, shopping, video games, pornography – identifying the signs of a problem and how they compare to other substance-based dependencies. CANADA AM is joined by Lisa Pont, Addiction Therapist in the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, about some of these behavioural addictions, and different types of treatment options.


CANADA AM can be seen weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV News Channel, the CTV GO app, the CTV News GO app, and on the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV. Viewers can also watch online at and watch the best of the week’s segments on a special Saturday episode, airing at 8 a.m. ET on CTV.


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CANADA AM is Canada’s national morning newsmagazine. Since its launch in 1972, CANADA AM has brought Canadians a unique blend of hard news and lifestyle stories, featuring in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, celebrities and musical stars. Lis Travers is the Vice-President and Executive Producer for CANADA AM and Wendy Freeman is the President of CTV News.


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For more information, contact:

Jon-Ross Gabriel, Bell Media, 416.384.6836 or

Julie MacFarlane, Bell Media, 416.384.4623 or