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    National Addictions Awareness Week: Nov. 15 – 21

    November 15th to 21st is National Addictions Awareness Week. To honor this event, we’d like to share this short video:

    Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong

    In collaboration with Johann Hari, author of Chasing The Scream, and drawing from ground breaking research by psychologist Bruce Alexander, this video demystifies many of the old beliefs about addiction and introduces recent evidence in a very digestible way that shows us a new perspective: The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s human connection.

  2. The public is more likely to view drug addiction negatively than other mental health issues

    A study conducted by John Hopkins has found that drug addiction is viewed more negatively than other mental health issues. This is problematic because without higher levels of support for people who use drugs (PWUDs), PWUDs may not seek the help they need for a condition that may be treatable.

  3. Treatment staff characteristics are a predictor of positive methadone treatment outcomes

    Studies have found that methadone treatment outcomes are related to the characteristics of clinicians and staff. More frequent counselling and more experienced clinicians are link to positive outcomes such as duration of time patients are in methadone programs and reduction of street-drug use. For more CLICK HERE

  4. Methadone Overdose: what to be aware of

    Methadone is an effective medication to treat opioid addiction, but if it is not used as prescribed, methadone can be dangerous and may cause overdose. What makes methadone even more complicated is that it is long acting (up to 24 hours) which means treating an overdose is complicated and medical attention should be sought.

    To find out more about how much is too much check out this link. 

  5. Call-to-Action: Collaboration of Addiction and Mental Health Services

    The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada want to encourage the collaboration of addiction, mental health, and primary care services. This is important in order to improve the delivery of services and health outcomes of those living with substance use issues. To read more about the benefits of this collaboration and where to go from here, check out this report developed by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

  6. Why we need to break up with the word ‘addict’

    “When we do feel the need to reference a state of disability, challenge or disease when describing a human being, we say something like, ‘my mother has cancer’ or ‘my nephew has leukemia.’ And we would almost certainly never let that be the only thing said about that person, something that defined them. We do not say or suggest that a person is their challenge. We remember that they are a person first, then if appropriate indicate their challenge as one factor of their existence.” – Meghan Ralston

    Remember to treat people living with an addiction with respect and dignity. Let’s break up with the word ‘addict’. Please take the time to read this piece developed by the Drug Policy Alliance: Click Here