Meet Dr. Nader Sharifi, division lead for addiction medicine, who says taking a non-judgmental approach and getting people to reconnect socially is key when treating addictions.
Meet Dr. Nader Sharifi, Division Lead, Addiction Medicine, Fraser Health. “I was born in Iran, grew up in England and immigrated to Canada as a teenager. I started as a family doctor on the North Shore 20 years ago. Shortly after, my wife died in a car accident on the Sea-to-Sky.
When you suffer, you see life differently -- there’s beauty in that. I was able to see the humanity in everyone, to better understand my patients. We all have trauma. I left family practice to work in the criminal justice system.
Today, I oversee addiction medicine at Fraser Health and correctional health services at PHSA. The two jobs blend: substance use and mental health issues occur in community and prison, just more concentrated in prison. In both settings, taking a non-judgmental approach and getting people to reconnect socially is key.
Human connection is protective; it’s love that keeps us going. It’s what kept me going. I’ve since remarried, we have three beautiful kids and three dogs. We’re a close knit family, but don’t do sports, movies or games together -- no one agrees!
I write screenplays: my last was a murder mystery, I’m writing a horror movie now. I haven’t sold anything -- if you know a good agent, let me know.”
- Dr. Nader Sharifi, Division Lead, Addiction Medicine, Fraser Health Authority
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