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Shining a light on the lived experience of addiction in Saskatchewan

By Lynette Piper Posted: May 28, 2021 3:00 p.m.

Saskatchewan is currently in the throes of an addiction crisis and Dr. Kara Fletcher wants to humanize those living with substance use disorders.
Saskatchewan is currently in the throes of an addiction crisis and Dr. Kara Fletcher wants to humanize those living with substance use disorders. Photo: stock

The person who reaches out for that jolt of morning caffeine or likes to unwind after work with a glass of wine may seem worlds away from the desperate soul who breaks into homes and steals to feed their voracious addiction. But Dr. Kara Fletcher thinks we’d do well to look at both a little differently.

Fletcher, a social work assistant professor at the University of Regina’s Saskatoon campus, is on a mission to humanize the lived experience of those living with substance use disorders – a term she says is much kinder than “addict,” “junkie,” or “abuser” – in order to convey the understanding that we all experience challenges in life, and that we all rely on some form of coping method to deal with the stress.

Read more about Dr. Kara Felther’s work in the story “Shining a light on the lived experience of addiction in Saskatchewan,” found in newest edition of Discourse, the University of Regina’s research magazine.