4 New Paradigms about Drugs and Addiction

Though the chemicals in drugs and alcohol that manipulate and bake themselves into your brain are the initiator of your addiction, they are not the primary diet of your addiction. Your addiction is fed by the distress of finding your next fix. The distress of not being caught. The distress of not wanting to be in distress.

Addictions are shockingly common.

We’re an addicted culture. All of the major industries are built on our basic need for instant gratification: Cell Phones. Movies. Music. Video games. Email. Cable. Alcohol. Drugs. Sex. Here’s just how rampant the problem has become in Canada:

  • Our cell phones are rarely more than 3 feet from us at any given time.
  • Over 5 million use illegal drugs.
  • Over 1 million abuse prescriptions.
  • Over 6 million are hooked on cigarettes.
  • Over 7 million binge on alcohol.
  • Over 2 million are heavy drinkers.
  • Over 50,000 are compulsive gamblers.
  • Over 2 million are physically dependent on caffeine.

Crime is on the decline; drug offenses are on the rise.

Even though crime has been on relatively rapid decline in Canada since 1990, drugs and its related offenses have been inversely correlated.


Alcohol abuse is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada.

We’re all familiar with the fact that distracted driving is dangerous, whether its due to texting, eating, or being tipsy. However, you probably didn’t know just how rampant the epidemic is:

  • In 2013, 80% of Canada (22 million people) admitted to drinking alcohol in the last year – with almost 15% of them drinking at least enough to risk the injury or harm to themselves or others.
  • Almost 2% of all deaths in 2002 were alcohol-related.
  • $20.5 billion worth of alcohol was sold in Canada between April 2013 to March 2014.
  • In 2008, impaired driving was the leading cause of criminal death in Canada.
  • In 2011, alcohol disorders were the #1 source of hospitalizations among psychoactive drugs.

Source: The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2015 – ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN CANADA