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.
Alberta Health Services - Addiction & Mental Health
Alberta Health Services provides information about addiction and mental health for Albertan of various ages. This page also provides information about where and how to get help in Alberta.
MyHealth.Alberta - 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.
Hosted on the My.Health.AB website, this page provides information about addiction and mental health for young people, parents, and educators. It also provides information about programs and services available in Alberta.
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
Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
These resources provide harm reduction messages for adults who use non-medical cannabis.
Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
These resources provide harm reduction messages for adults who drink alcohol.
Information for Families
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.
Information for Teens and Young Adults
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.
This website provides youth and young adults with the facts they need to make informed decisions around substance use. It is funded by Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse and Addiction.
This interactive tool is designed to provide a small glimpse into the mechanisms in the brain that cause the drug user to feel high.
Cannabis and Psychosis: Explore the Link
Cannabis and Psychosis: Explore the Link is a project of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada. Featuring the latest scientific research and the insights and perspectives of young people with lived experience, the aim of the site is to provide comprehensive and accessible information to help young people better understand the issue so they can make informed decisions about cannabis use.
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.
Under Construction: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
This video shows the damage alcohol can do to a developing brain.
Cannabis Information and Support -Effects of cannabis on the teenage brain NCPIC + Turning Point
A short animated video about the effects of cannabis on the brain. Brain development, adolescence and short and long-term effects of cannabis/weed/pot are explained in simple language.
Government of Canada - Problematic drug use videos
Learn more about the risks of opioids and hear the true stories of young Canadians and their families affected by problematic opioid use and opioid use disorder from this series of videos.
DocMikeEvans – A ReThink of the Way we Drink
Dr. Mike narrates this video that challenges people to consider the impact of drinking on their lives.
Alberta Health Services - Simple Connections, Stronger Kids
Parents can help build their children's inner strength by building caring, supportive relationships with them.
- Alberta Family Wellness Initiative - How Brains Are Built: Core Story of Brain Development
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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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