10:30 am Friday August 12
Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer
For psychotherapist and alcoholic Michael Pond, the adage “Physician, heal thyself” was a daunting challenge that consumed a significant portion of his life. He was able to help countless others struggling with addiction, but not himself. Wasted is the acclaimed memoir, co-written with his partner, documentary filmmaker and former CBC radio and television producer Maureen Palmer, that chronicles his descent into the hellish world of hopeless addiction and his slow climb back to normalcy. His belief that total abstinence is not necessarily the only option for recovery is controversial among conventional therapists. However, science-backed therapies that don’t always demand abstinence worked for him and he is once again back in private practice specializing in addiction treatment.