Addiction can affect anyone, no matter the circumstance. Substance use disorder is the most common type of addiction, but there are many more – including food, shopping, sex, gambling, gaming and more.
Substance use disorder is a diagnosable mental health disorder and should be treated as such, yet is one of the most stigmatized mental health conditions. Stigma is one of the biggest barriers for treatment facing persons with addictions issues. Like mental health, talking about substance and addiction-related disorders can help destigmatize it, and that can lead to more people getting the help they want, need and deserve.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has a new campaign for National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) this year: #ChangeBeginsWithMe. There needs to be changes on a structural level to help persons who use substances and persons with substance use disorder and other addictions issues. Like mental health, individuals can have an impact on this cause and help to change the culture around stigmatization. Commit to being an Ambassador of Change and share the facts on social media to support #NAAW.
- Monday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 24 at 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 25 at 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m.
- Friday, November 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Each day a different topic on addiction will be discussed. Follow and tune in live to learn more about addiction and support #NAAW. There will also be several gift cards up for grabs this week!
If you need help, know that you are not alone and that there are many resources available to you. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA)’s Safer Substance Use webpage has a lot of information on Carleton-specific and public resources for persons who use substances, persons questioning their substance use, and persons with substance use disorder. On the webpage, you can also find links to (currently virtual) All People All Pathways peer support meetings that have been made available through OSA’s continued partnership with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA). There are two weekly meetings available to both students and staff, respectively.
If you need further assistance or more information about harm reduction, contact OSA’s harm reduction manager by email.
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