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The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is marking November 13-19 as National Addictions Awareness Week. Across Canada, organizations like CEWH and CanFASD are joining with CCSA to bring attention to problematic substance use in Canada. We are highlighting the imbalance between the societal, health and economic costs that substance use problems/addiction brings, and the funding provided for treatment and harm reduction services/supports.
CCSA has been a partner in our efforts to explore how addiction can make it difficult to stop alcohol use during pregnancy, and how women-centred approaches are needed in prevention, harm reduction and treatment. You can help us and the CCSA in promoting treatment, highlighting existing barriers, and finding solutions by supporting this campaign. Download the NAAW Toolkit to get ideas for social media postings and organization activities. You can also join the dialogue over social media by following @CCSACanada and using the hashtag #NAAWCanada.
See these earlier blog posts on addictions or “Search the Blog” on the left of this page:
Honouring our Strengths: Culture as Intervention in Addictions Treatment, June 5, 2014
Young Women United: Campaign to Increase Access to Care and Treatment for Pregnant Women with Addictions, February 18, 2014
Colleen Dell, University of Saskatchewan professor and Research Chair in Substance Abuse, has developed a number of resources for addressing substance abuse.
Most of the resources can be downloaded for free or ordered (also free) from her website.
Take a look at the list of resources here.
Several of the resources include music videos and accompanying workshop tools developed through community-based research. Check out the videos below.
Also, take a look at a brief clip of Colleen and her therapy dog, Anna-Belle. For more about animal-assisted interventions in healing from substance abuse, check out this part of the website.