RxSubstance Use and Abuse
Individuals suffering from substance abuse have a pattern of repeated usage despite knowing the physical, social, mental, family, and/or occupational problems which result from using such substances.
Young people, alcohol and preventing harm
In this video produced by VicHealth with the support of the Department of Health and the Australian Drug Foundation viewers can see the impact of alcohol.
Alcohol - how much is too much?
Australian youth are surveyed about what they think safe alcohol limits are and gives varying answers. Go to the Better Health Channel YouTube page to view this video:
Under Construction: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
This video shows the damage alcohol can do to a developing brain. Go to the Turning Pint Training YouTube page to view this video:
Alberta Health Services - Addiction & Mental Health
For information specific to Albertans of various ages and to find addiction services available visit this site.
MyHealthAlberta - Alcohol and Drug Use in Young People
To learn about alcohol and drug use in young people visit myhealth.alberta.ca, a health information website provided by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.
A project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, HeretoHelp provides information to prevent and manage mental health and substance abuse problems.
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
The CCSA aims to educate Canadians about the harms and impact of alcohol and other drugs on society. L'information est également disponible en français.
- National Anti-Drug Strategy – Government of Canada
Drug Free Kids Canada
The Partnership for a Drug Free Canada educates everyone from children to grandparents about drugs and their effects. They provide tools to help parents navigate the conversation about prescription drugs, street drugs, and other substances. The PDFC also has various media campaigns to educate the public.
Use the search function to search a drug and find out how it reacts with other substances and you.
Labatt Family Talk
Find specific tips and suggestions for how to talk to your family about alcohol here. There are even videos from patenting experts Dr. Jean Clinton and Barbara Coloroso.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA shares drug facts and research so that people understand how various substances and addiction impact their lives and the lives of those around them. There is even information just for teens.
After a freshman fraternity pledge named Gordie died from alcohol poisoning the University of Virginia and his family set out to prevent alcohol abuse and hazing. This page was created to educate others about alcohol abuse.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids aims to support families and reduce adolescent substance abuse. There is a wide range of information about drugs, a parent tool kit, video content, current articles, and more available through this website. La información también está disponible en español.
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Weaving professional and personal experience, the author helps parents and families learn how to help teens conquer the effects of substance abuse.
Mixing facts and personal experiences, Califano has created a guide to help parents raise healthy and happy drug free children.
Aromin has written a straightforward Question and Answer book to help parents understand the impact of substance abuse in children.
Weaving her personal experience as a mother of a recovering addict and interviews from others affected by addiction, Conyers shares practical tools and advice for friends and family.
Canadian novelist Susan Juby shares her experiences with drug and alcohol dependence as a teen and her journey to sobriety in her early twenties in this candid memoir. In addition, this book also includes interviews with recovering young adults.
This book was written specifically for high school students to educate about physical, social, emotional, and familial effects of the use of alcohol and drugs. The author has integrated facts with the personal stories of those who have abused substances.
Al the Dragon used to be someone who sometimes visited Dad but one day he takes over all of Dad's time and the house! Soon, Dad has to go to a place called 'treatment'. Elementary children who have parents with their own dragons will relate to this story.
Follow Gabe's journey in this easy to read chapter book as he and his family cope with his father’s addiction.
Maggie's dad drinks too much. After his drinking ruins her birthday Maggie just wishes he would stop. Over the course of the year she connects with teachers and counsellors from whom she learns that her dad's struggles aren't her fault.
Thank you to our friends from Youth Addiction Services for their contributions.
This material is designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please contact your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
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