The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Mackenzie Burge walks into the dimly lit cafe in Calgary’s East Village with her long blonde hair in a high ponytail, hiding under a puffy black winter jacket. She stands in the entrance distracted by a phone conversation before hanging up as she walks over, apologizing profusely even though she isn’t late. There isn’t a stitch of makeup on her face, but the 23-year-old looks flawless with long dark lashes, plump lips and perfectly shaped eyebrows.

Adam Ward had tried to quit smoking before, but it wasn't until he tried vaping that it finally stuck. Now he's trying to help others do the same through his own two vape shops in south Calgary.

The cycle of addiction is difficult to break free from. However, recovery is not as simple as cutting out a behaviour. It is a progressive journey, often with many setbacks, towards physical and mental wellness.

David Harris has a picture of his son Cameron that was taken when he was seven years old.