Reviews

 

Wanda McDonald, MSW, RSW
Manager, Counselling and Wellness
Student Services
Nova Scotia Community College

“Dr. David Brown, the developer of the Healthy living workbooks, is a leader and innovator in the addictions field and is known for his commitment to build capacity in others so that we can all do our part in supporting individuals struggling with problematic substance use. His collaborative approach and expertise are evident in this initiative. Counsellors at the Nova Scotia Community College are quite pleased to have recently added the Healthy Living Workbooks to our toolkit.  These evidence-based workbooks are clear, concise, practical and visually appealing.  We especially appreciate how they use a harm reduction and motivational interviewing approach. The misuse of alcohol and cannabis can impact student well-being and overall success. We are pleased to have this practical tool to guide our work.” 


Ben Bridgstock
Director, Student Support Services
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
Ottawa, Ontario

“Algonquin College’s Umbrella Project strives to support students using substances with a harm reduction inspired model. We were thrilled to be able to provide our students with the Pathways Research workbooks for both alcohol and cannabis. Students appreciate their format and style. It's great to be able to give the workbooks away. Our residence staff members use the workbooks all the time, asking students to work through them instead of receiving sanctions. This coming fall we anticipate giving away large numbers of the workbooks on cannabis at workshops and events we will be hosting. We cannot recommend these workbooks highly enough.” 


Dr. P.R. Butt, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Assoc. Prof., Department of Family Medicine
University of Saskatchewan

"Making change is difficult.  If you are reading this, however, you have already begun to think differently about your drinking or that of a loved one.  This workbook will help you reflect on various aspects of your drinking; consider what is important to you and what places you at risk; and make concrete steps to take better control of your health and your life.

Dr. Brown has developed an excellent tool to help people help themselves.  It is well crafted, approachable, informative and practical.  It respects the choices people make for themselves, and guides their exploration of the dynamic balance between personal values and actions.  The workbook is directed very specifically towards alcohol use.  It prompts reflection, provides accurate information, and helps people make healthier decisions for themselves.  Try it.  Share it with a family member or friend.  It will stimulate thinking, conversation and, quite possibly, a change in one’s relationship with alcohol." 


Wayne Skinner MSW
Retired Director of Counseling Services
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario

"While the literature on alcohol use disorders has been done by and focused on working with addiction specialists, these workbooks have been with health professionals in primary care. Addiction specialists have produced some very specialized brief treatment materials (e.g. Miller & Munoz) that have a lot to say and require a fairly deep dive to get the model.  These workbooks have keyed on the need to provide brief reliable tools that work for both primary care health professionals and primary care patients.  The focus is on ease to employ screening tools and easy to apply intervention tools with an action orientation that targets moving away from risky drinking in do-able ways, starting now, without have to arm wrestle or pathologize the patient.  It helps helper and patient take a ‘no-big-thing’ approach to making a shift in a behaviour that can make a big difference in wellbeing and functioning, especially if there are other health issues in play." 


Nancy Poole, PhD
Director, Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Prevention Lead, CanFASD Research Network

"In a user-friendly way, these booklets support critical thinking on alcohol and cannabis, at a personally set, realistic pace. Supporting people to take up this space - to consider strengths, pressures, alternatives, choices, triggers and the future – is a winning way. It puts the power of change in the hands of those who need it: the users of alcohol and/or cannabis.  I recommend these booklets to women who use substances, and to all the practitioners who work with these women, as a place to start in their collaborative conversations."