About Guy Felicella

Guy Felicella grew up in a middle class home in Richmond but fell into addiction at a young age. Guy spent 30 years in the repeated cycle of gangs, addiction, treatment and jail. He spent nearly 20 years residing in the two block radius in the Downtown Eastside and using many resources, including harm reduction, to keep himself alive.

Today, Guy has escaped the grips of the turmoil that kept him suffering and resides with his wife and two young children with multiple years of recovery and sobriety under his belt.

Guy is passionate about advocating for the vulnerable people who still suffer in addiction and educating communities on harm reduction to eliminate the stigma that exists around it. Currently Guy works for Vancouver Coastal Health, Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction and the BC Centre on Substance Use. In addition, Guy attends various school districts and post secondary institutions to educate students on addiction.

Guy spent nearly his entire life suffering from the disease of addiction and now he is using his experience to change the hearts and minds of people to the idea that recovery is harm reduction and harm reduction is recovery.

Upcoming events

Date TBD - Musqueam Harm Reduction Conference

Keynote speaker at the Musqueam Harm Reduction Conference.

Press & Media

The year fentanyl hit the street, I died six times.

The solution is safe supply.

How to talk to kids about drugs

Talking about the importance of addiction education to stude…

From Addiction to Advocate

After spending 20 years homeless battling substance use addiction,…

Ending Drug Abuse and Death by Overdose Podcast

A podcast on 21st Century Pain Solutions with Dr. Wayne Phimister…

'Good old boring work' can help addicts.

Following up on opioid users can double the chances that an addict…

TEDxWhiteRock

I died six times... let's stop the stigma of harm reduction |…

Don't Miss Guy On The Quiet Warrior Show

In June, Guy will appear on The Quiet Warrior Show hosted by…

Boston To Hold Public Meeting On Supervised Injection Sites

The Boston City Council will hold a public meeting next week…

Safe injection sites are a radical new approach to battling addiction

After nearly five decades of an unsuccessful “war on drugs,”…

How Insite and Onsite saved a Vancouver drug addict

I am writing in regard to the article written by Licia Corbella…

'Can’t save a dead addict;' Voters to decide on injection sites

The debate over public drug-injection sites seems headed to the…

Learning About The Power Of Compassion, Empathy

Guy Felicella remembers the day his life changed. After telling…

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Blog

Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat

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Testimonials

When Guy showed up, I didn’t know what was going happen, I didn’t know what the talk was actually going to be about (I forgot), and only by learning it had something to do with this other kids IDS (which I recalled was about addiction), did I piece together the pieces of information. So naturally, I assumed it was going to be one of those “talks”.
To my utter astonishment, it wasn’t. It was one of the most eye-opening, interesting, educational, and fascinating experiences of my life. To his talk, could I finally relate too, because naturally humans can relate to another human easier than statistics. Finally I was being lectured on drugs by someone who had survived them himself, and not just some biased adult.

Guy Felicella is an amazing human being with an incredibly inspiring story. He came and spoke to all the students at Parkland Secondary School and made a huge impact on the students and staff. I would highly recommend bringing him in to your school, your office, your organization….. because we can all benefit from becoming more compassionate human beings. Thanks Guy!

An inspiring man whos mission has significant value in helping our communities stop the devastating affects of addiction and the overdose crisis. Thank you for all you do Guy!

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