Conservative MP speaks about his personal battle with addiction

OTTAWA, March 12, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) applauds the courage of David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia for standing up in the House of Commons and sharing with the nation that he is in recovery from an addiction. Wearing a Silver Ribbon lapel pin, the symbol of the growing recovery movement, he held up a torch to shine the light on the darkness of addiction and that not only is recovery a reality, many like David lead successful lives and contribute selfless service to society.

For many, it is difficult to fully understand the complexities of addiction and the challenge to come back from this devastating disease.  CACCF has been testing and certifying addiction professionals for thirty years - but we still have a long way to go.  Nowhere in this country are addiction workers, like other disciplines, regulated.  "Why is it that my auto mechanic must be licensed but my Addiction Counsellor, dealing with complex human issues, does not."? Our organization is working to change that.

By taking the action he did today MP David Wilks has opened up an imperative discussion that Canadians need to have about addictions in Canada and how overall, a decline in addictions side effects eases the strain on health and associated services, thus reducing the budgets of Governments across the Country.


SOURCE Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)

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For further information: Jeff Wilbee, Executive Director, 519 504 0547,; Crystal Kapteyn, Director of Operations, 613-608-4191,


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