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How isolation is changing our use of substances

Bottles of wine are displayed at a liquor store. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Rick Bowmer

In today’s Big Story podcast, have you found yourself joking about drinking your way through quarantine? You are, anecdotally and statistically, not alone. We know more people are reporting increased use of substances — but we still imagine there’s a world of differences between people living with substance use disorders and those of us chasing boredom with beer. Why is that?

What’s happening in our minds when we turn to our favourite vices to pass the time? What do we need to know about substance use, both among people who may be struggling to find a place to live and those of us with more privilege and more money to use to cope?

GUEST: Gord Garner is the executive director of the Community Addictions Peer Support Association, and lives with a substance use disorder himself.

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