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TEEN CHALLENGE in BC - One of the Most Amazing Overcoming Addiction Centers Age 19 and Up - Based on Faith in Jesus
45 Warning Signs Of Prescription Drug Abuse

An Interactive Lesson Guide for Parents and Teachers to Teach Kids About Drugs and Alcohol - Completing a Post Rehab Program - Dangerous Drug & Products - Dare BC. Canada, USA - Dear Active Drug User The Mess You’ll Leave Behind - Domestic Violence and Drug Abuse – Undeniable Connection - Drug Dangers - Drug Recalls and Alerts - Drug Rehab Connections - Helping an Adult Family Member or Friend with a Drug or Alcohol Problem - Home After Rehab - The Guide to Finding the Right Place for Recovery - INTERVENTION E-BOOK - Is Your Teen Stealing Your Prescription Drugs? - MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Mental Health & Addiction - Nine Reasons to Go to Rehab Today - Post Rehab Success - Substance Abuse in the Workplace - Rehab 4 Addiction - Rehab Centers by Province or Territory in Canada - Teens Addiction and Suicide
The Recovery Village - What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs - Who Suffers from Addiction? - Husbands and Wives - 6 Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober

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Unsilencing Stories is a podcast reflecting the voices and experiences of people in smaller centres in B.C. and Alberta who have lost loved ones to fatal opioid overdoses.

Across Canada, more than 30,000 people have died from toxic drug poisoning since 2016. In small towns and communities, the risk of overdose is much higher than in urban areas, because of a lack of harm reduction services and stigma about substance use.

In this podcast, you will hear people in Cranbrook, Prince George, and Chilliwack in B.C., as well as Medicine Hat and other parts of Alberta interviewing one another about their loved ones and grief.

The podcast is part of a community-based study facilitated by Aaron Goodman, Ph.D, faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C., and students Jenna Keeble and Ashley Pocrnich

Unsilencing Stories


R U OK? is a movement to help remind  us all  to connect with one another in a meaningful way and to commit to checking in with the people in our lives who might be struggling. Simply asking someone "Are you Okay?" and taking time for them can make a world of a difference. A simple conversation can change a life. To support this movement in Canada you can buy a tshirt and wear it proudly!
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For more information about R U OK? visit the Australian website or visit the Jim Young Foundation's website at

Interactive Map of Drug Overdose Deaths
Drug overdose deaths are an unfortunate reality in the U.S., especially as these numbers continue to grow. While most people don’t intend to overdose, the reality is that everyone who engages in substance abuse is vulnerable. The question of how to prevent overdoses is complex, and is made even more difficult with the rise in synthetic opioids, poly-drug use, and medical prescriptions.

Talking to Your Teens About Marijuana and Other Drugs

No one is immune to the risks associated with drugs and alcohol. Kids may come into contact with drugs sooner than you expect, so it’s almost never too soon to begin talking about the dangers of drugs and addiction. By laying a strong foundation of understanding, you’ll position your child to have the tools needed to make healthy choices. Talking to your teens about drugs should be an ongoing process that also involves you listening to your child’s concerns.

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Marijuana - Cocaine - Ecstasy - LSD and Mushrooms - Amphetamine - Alcohol - Heroin


6 Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober


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Completing a rehab program is both an ending and a beginning, a time to feel pride and an opportunity to plan for the future. Your next challenge is to maintain a drug-free lifestyle that promotes serenity, stability and success. In this post we'll suggest ways to make this step as smooth and easy as possible.

Tip #1: Temper Your Expectations When Re-Entering Society

Going through rehab is an exhausting yet exhilarating experience. While you're in the facility, you're surrounded by people with whom you can relate and staff members whose only concern is to help you succeed. Structure and purpose govern every waking moment of your day. You learn new things about yourself and others. Most important, you eat, sleep, and breathe with recovery in mind. Everything else in your life takes second place.

When you're back in the regular world everything changes. People on the outside devote most of their energy to priorities like paying bills and getting their kids to school on time. Most of them have never struggled with substance addiction and have trouble relating to your stories. Does this make them uncaring or selfish? Of course not. But moving from the world of rehab to everyday life can tempt you toward relapse unless you prepare yourself for the changes you'll encounter. This is all part of the mental self-care needed to make lasting recovery possible.

Tip #2: Know Your Housing Options

Life after rehab requires taking care of life's practical necessities, including the need for shelter. But finding a place to live presents special challenges to those who are just out of rehab. Let's look at some possible options for addressing this concern:

  1. Sober homes offer supportive living environments where the residents can access resources like 12-step-type meetings and group counseling sessions. In return, they residents must pledge to stay clean and abide by house rules. It's important to do your homework before choosing a sober home, as locations can vary in terms of quality. According to Gazette Review,a reputable sober home will have regular quiet hours, a system of accountability for residents and staff, and reasonable security precautions. Sometimes these locations are referred to as “group homes” or even “halfway houses.” Funding may come from government agencies, private nonprofits, and/or the resources of the residents.
  2. Living with friends or family. These types of situations are sometimes less than ideal, depending on the relationship you share with the other residents. Nonetheless, staying with someone you already know can serve your needs for a time while you put your life back together and assess your options. To avoid conflicts, talk with the property owners before moving in and draw up an agreement that specifies both party's rights and responsibilities.
  3. Living on your own. Risk of relapse is especially high in the early stages of recovery, according to the National Institutes of Health. For that reason, we recommend against choosing this option. However, you must live somewhere. So keep this choice in mind if other situations are unavailable. You should stay away from locations that might trigger relapses through associations with old friends or habits.

Tip #3: Keep Your “Inner Home” Clean

You can have the perfect external surroundings and still fail in your recovery efforts if you neglect to keep your inner environment clean and tidy. By this we mean your thoughts, emotions and self talk, all of which can either spur you to success or drown you in despair. Here are some tips for maintaining good mental hygiene:

  1. Have a quiet time each day. Avoid watching TV, listening to music or using electronic devices during this period. You can pray or meditate if you like.
  2. Avoid negative self-talk. Thoughts or phrases like “I'm a failure” or “nobody cares if I live or die” will sabotage your recovery. Catch yourself when you slip into these negative patterns and correct them with self-affirming statements.

Succeeding with sobriety is a day-at-a-time challenge. So pace yourself as you go forward and take each moment as it comes. You'll look back with pride at how you handled your transition from rehab to the rest of your lif

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6 Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober

Canadian Drug Rehab – Canada Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers
Canadian Drug Rehab is a free drug treatment referral program in Canada designed to help the addict and their families find a drug addiction treatment centre or alcohol addiction treatment centre. Canadian Drug Rehab has been developed to give the addict a solid foundation when searching for help or treatment with their drug or alcohol addiction. The general intent of drug rehabilitation or alcohol rehabilitation is to enable the patient to cease substance abuse, in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused by extreme abuse. If you or someone you love needs help in Canada, please call TOLL FREE 1-888-391-9295 anytime day or night. Our experienced addiction counselors are here to help you locate the drug or alcohol rehab center that is right for you or your loved one.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centres Canada
All drug and alcohol detox program centers in Canada use basically the same three level program to treat the patient for drug addiction. The first step is detoxification of the body which is designed to completely remove the drug from the body. The second step is counseling and therapy that helps to address any emotional or psychological issues and that client may be experiencing. The last step is called re-integration. This part of the treatment program helps to get the patient ready to face life and re-enter society addiction free. This phase helps educate the client on how to deal with life sober and not rely on any sort of drug to get them through day to day life.

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Teens, Addiction, and Suicide: Facts and Tips for Helping Addicted Youth

Being a teenager is difficult under any circumstances, but being a teenager who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol is even more difficult. Understanding why teens turn to drugs and alcohol is an important first step in helping them to avoid suicide, because many of the underlying causes of drug or alcohol abuse involve the same factors that lead to teen suicide. By helping addicted teens through the issues that cause their addiction, it is possible also to prevent their potential suicide.

Facts about Teens and Addiction

While it may not be a good reason, teens often abuse drugs or alcohol simply because they are teens and must handle all of the challenges that accompany the teen years: they must figure out who they are as they transition from childhood to adulthood, make difficult choices, want to experiment, and lack the experience to know which choices are going to lead to more harm than they can anticipate.

And, while researchers have found that teens do not actually have the feelings of invincibility that the myth perpetuates, they do understand the risks of their behavior but believe the benefits and fun are worth the risk.

The facts about teen drug experimentation and abuse are staggering:
● 50% of all new drug users are under the age of 18
● The majority of adults with an addiction first experimented with drugs before the age of 21
● Approximately 20% of high school seniors reported binge drinking in 2014, and nearly 40% had used alcohol in the last month
● More than 20% of teens reported having used marijuana at least once in the past month
● Most high school seniors do not think smoking marijuana occasionally carries any risk
● Nearly 40% of teens who abuse prescription medication obtain the drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet
● 1 in 5 teens has abused prescription medication

Teens often turn to alcohol and drugs because they want to self-medicate. Teens see getting high or drunk as a way to escape their problems and as a way to numb or ease their pain. They use substances to be more social or comfortable, to make life more bearable, to fit in with their peers, etc.

The Link Between Teenage Addiction and Suicide

Teenage suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens in the United States. One cause of teenage suicide is drug and alcohol abuse. Drug abuse intensifies teens’ depression or sadness and leads to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

Teens also can experience a crash when they abuse drugs, and the associated physical illness and feelings of sadness contribute to depression and suicidal thoughts. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that nearly 10% of drug-related trips to the emergency room for adolescents involve attempted suicide. And, in many of these cases, access to prescription drugs was to blame. The study also found that teenage girls are nearly three times more likely than boys to attempt suicide for drug-related reasons.

A study conducted by the University of Southern Illinois’ Core Institute found that “students who drink or use drugs are much more likely to have suicidal tendencies than those who do not use substances. For example, 8.15% of binge drinkers have thought about committing suicide and 2.34% report attempting suicide.

Similar comparisons hold for students who drink at all, who use marijuana, and who use other illegal drugs. Only 2.34% of non-drinkers have thought about committing suicide, with only .78% attempting suicide.” Clearly, teens who use drugs and alcohol need help before they attempt or complete suicide.

Tips for Helping Addicted Teens

It is critical to help addicted teens receive the help and treatment they need and deserve. Professional treatment is necessary to help teens work through the issues that led to their addiction and possible suicidal thoughts in the first place. The following tips will be helpful in getting your addicted teen the help they need before it is too late.

1. Contact an addiction specialist or local drug and alcohol treatment facility for guidance in confronting your teen and determining the best treatment options. Call sooner rather than later.
2. Determine which treatment program is best suited for your teen. With guidance from the specialist or treatment facility officials, in- and out-patient treatments are available. Some programs include a combination of treatment and medication to help your teen get sober and handle their depression and suicidal thoughts.
3. If your teen has run away, establish a plan and goals for visiting and discussing treatment options. Consult with professionals as needed be sure to be calm and direct.

You can help an addicted teen work through his underlying issues and addiction if you make an effort to understand the problem and find appropriate treatment options. The key is to get help as soon as possible, before the teen resorts to suicide.

Sara Bell grew up in a family of teachers—her dad has taught high school for 30 years and her mom is a university professor. At EducatorLabs, she puts the lessons they instilled in her about the importance of curiosity and learning to great use. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, writing, and knitting.

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The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2018

College is the most expensive it’s ever been. With tuition rates rising an average of 3.5% every year, the average undergraduate now finishes their degree with over $37,000 in student debt.
Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce these growing costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches.
We created this guide to review the best scholarship search platforms and instruct students on how to use them effectively to find as many opportunities as possible.
To determine the best scholarship search platforms, we spent over 200 hours researching 17 of the most popular sites across five core metrics including search functionality, scholarship availability, ease of use, application tools, and additional helpful resources.
The best scholarship search platform was Fastweb. They scored the highest out of all 17 platforms because they were the easiest to use, had the most tools, and had among the most available scholarships with the highest dollar amounts. This search engine is best for most students including high school, undergraduate, and graduate.
We also recommend Cappex. This platform scored consistently high in the most important categories of scholarship availability, ease of use, and tools. It is the best and best for students who want to be able to apply for and track the status of a large number of scholarships.
What we’ll cover in this guide:
The major challenges students face when searching for scholarships
How the right search engine can help students overcome these challenges
What students should know before applying for a scholarship
The most important features of a great scholarship search platform
The best scholarship search platforms of 2017
Advice on early preparation to qualify for scholarships
Tips on applying for scholarships
Our full methodology and scoring process

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Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
The transition from high school to college life is difficult enough for any number of students without considering a disability. Odds are that if you have a disability and you made it through high school, you’ve done it with the help of a very disciplined and structured routine order of classes. College life is a very different game, allowing students to make a lot of choices and decisions for themselves.

Students transitioning from the regimented order to this comparative chaos may find themselves lost. That’s not to say that it can’t be done–there have been many, many successful students that have overcome disabilities and found successful academic lives, and successful careers.
Guide for Students with Disabilities

The Best Scholarship Websites to Fund Your Education
Finding scholarships can be as easy as picking up your cell phone and searching in Google. It used to be more difficult to find scholarships but thanks to the internet, students can find scholarships fairly easily.

There are many websites that will allow you to search a database of scholarships according to a variety of factors such as degree, race, religion, gender, special interests, and plenty of others.

Below, you will find the best scholarships websites online today. Within each, you will find easy access to millions of scholarship dollars to help fund your education. Start your search with one of these databases and you’re sure to find money to fund your college education in no time.
The Best College Scholarship Websites

Quit Smoking Community: Kicking the Habit Together

Quit Smoking Guides
Everything you could ever want to know about quitting smoking. If you want to quit, this section is where you need to be.
How to Quit Smoking
What to Expect

Effects of Smoking
Check out our guides to the overwhelmingly large amount of effects of smoking. From lung cancer to emphysema, learn about it here:
Why Smoking is Bad for You
Smoker’s Cough
Smoker’s Lungs

E-Cigarette Technology
Did you know that e-cigarettes can help you save money? You can also control your nicotine intake and get rid of that irritating smell of smoke. Learn more about e-cigs and vapes below.
Electronic Cigarette Reviews
Dry Herb Vaporizers
Vape Pens

Quit Smoking Community Website

Many people don’t realize that addiction often co-occurs with other mental health disorders, and it’s critical to treat both conditions in order for afflicted individuals to live happier, healthier lives.

Please view these great resource sites
Comorbidity with Substance Abuse
Schizophrenia and Addiction: The Guide to Unraveling Comorbidity and Finding the Path to Recovery
Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
The Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery
Swim Back to Health: The Guide to Aquatic Therapy for Recovering Addicts
Making the Connection: Trauma and Substance Abuse
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment
How Service and Therapy Dogs are Helping PTSD Victims
Meaningful Work and Recovery

Addiction can happen to anyone. A drug or alcohol addiction can take many forms, and while there are undoubtedly both internal and external forces that can lead to a larger chance of forming an addiction, this disease is completely color blind.

It doesn't matter what you look like or where you come from, addiction can happen to anyone. There are many misconceptions about people who are drug addicts or alcoholics. Our mission is to help you or your loved one find answers and support on what steps you can take to overcome your addiction.

Millions of Americans struggle with this disease and we are here to help you understand how an addiction can form and from there guide you to proper treatment and rehab.

Help is out there and it is available to you. There are many treatment options, from inpatient rehab to outpatient counseling and support groups. Just because a problem has developed doesn’t mean it has to stay a problem.

No matter what your background is, we view you as a person and not just a drug addict. Know that you are loved and cared for, and we will do whatever it takes to help

Visit these links and find much more
Including - College Drug Abuse - Teen Drug Abuse


The Recovery Village is a Florida rehab center
We can help you overcome your addiction today

The Recovery Village is a comprehensive substance abuse and eating disorder treatment facility in Florida, offering a full continuum of care from a patients’ arrival. In addition to medical detox and acute medical stabilization, we offer nutrition monitoring and medical intervention, inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, sober housing accommodations, and aftercare.

Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic violence can take many forms, with the most common types being physical violence, rape, verbal threats and emotional or psychological abuse. In the U.S., domestic violence is commonly associated with cases of sexual assault, stalking, homicide, mental illness and suicide. The pervasiveness and complexity of domestic violence means that anyone — regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion or social standing — can be affected by this kind of abuse at any point in their life.

Every minute, an average of 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This equates to more than 10 million people per year. What’s also alarming is the fact that there may be thousands of other victims of domestic violence who never report it, or never get the chance to. Whether you suspect you are in an abusive relationship, or you know someone who is, this page can answer your questions and connect you to the help you need.
1.0 How to Recognize Signs of Domestic Violence
2.0 How to Get Out of an Abusive Relationship
3.0 How to Help a Domestic Violence Victim
4.0 How Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Are Connected


Who Suffers from Addiction? - Husbands and Wives

Anyone who has been married to a person with an addiction problem knows without any doubt at all that addiction is destructive to a marriage. For some, addiction existed before the marriage and for others, it developed after the vows were said.

Addiction and sleep share a problematic bidirectional relationship, where each influences the other. Many people treat sleep problems with drugs and alcohol, which can lead to addiction. People who are already addicted to drugs and alcohol undergo changes in their sleep architecture and sleep needs, forcing them to increasingly rely on their addiction in order to sleep. Once in recovery, one of the main reasons many people relapse is the discomfort and insomnia they experience, compounded by the long period of time it takes for the body to adjust back to normal sleep without drugs and alcohol.
In this guide we’ll explore the common sleep disorders associated with addiction, the cyclical relationship between addiction and sleep, and suggested resources and strategies for managing sleep during recovery.
Addiction and sleep deprivation - Drug- and Alcohol-Related Sleep DisorderS - The Relationship Between Sleep and Addictions - Opioid Addiction and Sleep - Sleep Medication Addiction and Overuse - Addiction Recovery - Insomnia and recovery - Natural Sleep Aids During Recovery

Returning to work is a critical part of recovery for many former addicts. As a supervisor, learn how you can best support an employee.
Co-Occurring Disorders
Formerly known as dual diagnosis or dual disorder, co-occurring disorders describes the presence of both a mental health and a substance-use disorder. For example, a person may be abusing a narcotic and also have bipolar disorder.
The term co-occurring disorder replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis when referring to an individual who has a co-existing mental illness and a substance-use disorder. While commonly used to refer to the combination of substance-use and mental disorders, the term also refers to other combinations of disorders (such as mental disorders and intellectual disability).
Clients with co-occurring disorders (COD) typically have one or more disorders relating to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs as well as one or more mental disorders. A client can be described as having co-occurring disorders when at least one disorder of each type can be established independent of the other and is not simply a cluster of symptoms resulting from another disorder.
Common examples of co-occurring disorders include the combinations of major depression with cocaine addiction, alcohol addiction with panic disorder, alcoholism and poly-drug addiction with schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder with episodic poly-drug abuse. Thus, there is no single combination of co-occurring disorders; in fact, there is great variability among them.
The combination of a substance-use disorder and a psychiatric disorder varies along important dimensions, such as severity, chronicity, disability, and degree of impairment in functioning. For example, the two disorders may each be severe or mild, or one may be more severe than the other. Additionally, the severity of both disorders may change over time. Levels of disability and impairment in functioning may also vary.
People with co-occurring disorders often experience more severe and chronic medical, social, and emotional problems than people experiencing a mental health condition or substance-use disorder alone. Because they have two disorders, they are vulnerable to both relapse and a worsening of the psychiatric disorder. Further, addiction relapse often leads to psychiatric distress, and worsening of psychiatric problems often leads to addiction relapse. Thus, relapse prevention must be specifically designed for the unique needs of people with co-occurring disorders. Compared to patients who have a single disorder, patients with co-existing conditions often require longer treatment, have more crises, and progress more gradually in treatment.
Approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014.
6 Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober
Helping an Adult Family Member or Friend with a Drug or Alcohol Problem
Do you have an adult family member or friend with a drug or alcohol problem? You’re probably wondering how you can help. Here are 7 answers to questions you may be asking.
Nine Reasons to Go to Rehab Today

Go to rehab. You need to go. Sooner or later it has to happen. Things have been slipping away for a while now, and everything is almost gone.
You don’t want to go to rehab. No one does. It is scary to be away from those you love. It is depressing to think about living in austere conditions and giving up pieces of your freedom. Worst of all, if you go to rehab, you will have to give up your addiction—and how terrifying is that? Who would you be if you weren’t a drunk or an addict?
But one thing is for sure to you and to those around you. You need to go. Sooner or later it has to happen—things have been slipping away for a while now, and everything is almost gone. You’ve been procrastinating for as long as you could. You had a good run, but your bag of tricks is almost empty and you need help. You need help now. Today.
Here are nine reasons that you need to go to rehab today.
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Home After Rehab: The Guide to Finding the Right Place for Recovery
If you’ve decided to relocate after entering addiction recovery, it’s important to find the right home that will promote your continued sobriety and overall wellness. You’ll want to find a place that helps you create a healthy, consistent routine without throwing you into the paths of old triggers. You’ll also want a loving environment to rebuild your relationships and bond with your family, a place where you can heal and focus on your recovery.
Let this be your guide to finding the best new home to keep your addiction recovery on track. It will discuss considerations to make about your new neighborhood, the home itself and offer advice on ways to make your new environment promote a healthy life. As you explore your options, be sure to keep your partner informed about your thoughts and make each decision a joint consensus.


One of the Most Amazing Overcoming Addiction Centers
Age 19 and Up
Based on Faith in Jesus


Teen Challenge BC - Who Are We
Information Page

Questions and Answers Contact Information
Abbotsford - Chilliwack - Okanangan






Drug Abuse Resistance Education
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an international substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to prevent
use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1983 as a joint initiative of
ex-LAPD chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District as a demand-side drug control strategy of the American
War on Drugs.
Students who enter the program sign a pledge not to use drugs or join gangs and are informed by local police officers about the
government's beliefs about the dangers of recreational drug use in an interactive in-school curriculum which lasts ten weeks.
In 1992, our founder, Robert Scott, through a personal experience with drug addiction and recovery, began to help recovering addicts by hiring them
to work in his gardening, maintenance and construction business.

In 1997, the Drug Awareness Recovery Team was formed and registered as a society. Since that time many people have had the opportunity to find
recovery through a caring workplace.
PHONE: 250-563-6311 FAX: 250-563-6332

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Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service
 RCMP Website

In 2005, the Federal and International Operations Directorate, both Drug Branch and Organized Crime Branch, aligned their awareness services forming the Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service (DOCAS)

Mission Statement
The RCMP Drugs & Organized Crime Awareness Service (DOCAS) is committed through partnerships in making communities safer and healthier by providing all Canadians with the tools needed to meaningfully reduce substance use/abuse and organized crime related problems

DOCAS is committed by
  • Engaging communities by promoting the b
  • enefits of healthy lifestyle choices in providing Canadians with the skills and information needed to make educated and informed decisions.
  • Providing leadership through the coordination of drug awareness and prevention programs/initiatives that support supply and demand reduction.
  • Improving Canadians’ understanding of the reach and influence of organized crime and its impacts on individuals and society as a whole.
  • Mobilizing the Canadian public to become a significant partner of Canadian law enforcement to effectively combat and reduce the influence of organized crime in Canada.

    The Drug Identification Chart
    The Drug Identification Chart The Drug Identification Chart is a reference tool for identifying illicit drugs and their harmful effects. Produced in collaboration with the RCMP, Sûreté du Québec, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Health Canada, the chart identifies drug types, including common street names, effects, and methods of use and detection.

Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse





DOCAS Programs
Aboriginal Shield Program
Drugs and Sport
Drug Awareness Officers Training
Drug Endangered Children
Drugs in the Workplace
Kids and Drugs
Synthetic Drug Initiative
Synthetic Drug Initiative Clan Lab DVD

Drug Awareness
The Power of Parents: You are the Role Model
RCMP Website

Parents are their children’s strongest role model and greatest influence. Your children will eventually adopt many of your values and types of behaviour, just as you have been influenced by your parents. Your children notice and respond to the way you deal with problems, express feelings and celebrate special occasions. As a parent, it is impossible to not model. Your children will see your example —positive or negative— as a pattern for the way life is to be lived. Families are both a very important protective factor and risk factor influencing drug use problems among youth. In other words, what you do—or do not do—has a big impact on your child’s decisions about using or not using drugs....... and read much more............

The National Anti-Drug Strategy
The National Anti-Drug Strategy provides a focused approach aimed at reducing the supply of, and demand for, illicit drugs; addressing prescription drug abuse; and addressing the crime associated with illicit drugs. This approach will lead to safer and healthier communities by taking action in three priority areas: preventing, treating, and combating illicit drugs and prescription drug abuse

Understanding the Stages of Addiction
Addiction has a worldwide prevalence and affects individuals, family and friends in an adverse manner. However, addiction just does not happen overnight. Rather, there are different stages which a person will go through before they reach a 'full-fledged' addiction. Often, these stages of addiction can be recognized by loved ones, co-workers, friends, or even the individual themselves. By doing so, they may be able to recognize the problem and seek adequate help before it becomes dependence or full-fledged addiction.

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Kids and drugs: A parent's guide to prevention
An invitation
The power of parents
You are the role model
Everyone makes mistakes
Things parents can influence
Risk and protective factors
Drawing on school and community resources

Talking with your kids
Setting the stage
Talking about alcohol and drugs
Opening up the discussion
Responding in a helpful way

Helping your kids make good decisions
Developing your child’s self-esteem
Teaching your child to be independent
Establishing rules and boundaries

What parents need to know about drugs
Most commonly used drugs and their effects
Less commonly used drugs and their effects Prescription drugs
Risks of drug use
Reasons young people might use drugs
Signs and symptoms that may indicate drug use

What next? Creating a personal action plan
Kids and drugs: A parent’s guide to prevention

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To learn about various illegal drugs.

To identify risk factors and protective factors associated with substance abuse (drugs and alcohol).

To discuss what addiction is and the consequences of it.

To determine behaviours that increase well-being and allow students to achieve life goals.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholic Anonymous
USA & Canada & Worldwide Chapters
Al-anon - Alateen
12 Steps
Canada - USA & Burmuda


Drugwatch International
Adiction - Rehab - Education
Find Trusted Addiction Treatment USA
Our Website

SAMHSA Treatment Facility Locator USA
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

6 Hobbies to Help You Stay Sober

Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers a free helpline and intervention service for people suffering from alcoholism and mental health problems. Website:

A History of Alcoholics Anonymous by Oliver Clark - this visual and auditory history of AA spans the period 1932-1971.

See Recall Report WEBSITE
Recall Report was created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products. With hundreds of suspected or confirmed dangerous drugs and products on the market, the up-to-date information we provide on recalls, alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe

Drugs and medical devices always have the potential to be harmful. They are expected to have the potential to cause side effects while treating conditions and symptoms because it is impossible to make medications that perfectly target just one thing. For most people with most devices and medications, side effects are mild, tolerable, and worth the benefits of using that device or drug.
On the other hand, sometimes the risks are not worth the benefits and patients suffer terribly. When a drug or device manages to get past the testing of a drug company, or that company intentionally lets it get through, and it is found to cause an unacceptable level of harm, it may be recalled. Dangerous drug and product recalls may be instigated by the drug company or issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Either way, these recalls often come too late for some patients.

Drugs & Devices
Thousands of Americans turn to medical attention to help improve their quality of life and relieve them of pain and suffering. Medications and implant surgeries, such as hip or knee replacement, can change and even save lives.
However, pharmaceutical companies often cut corners where accuracy matters most – consumer safety. Insufficient lab testing and deceptive marketing tactics have cost thousands of patients their lives. Prescription medications have caused users to suffer detrimental side effects and implant surgeries have left victims in great pain. Pharmaceutical companies earn billions of dollars every year from these products at the expense of their users.
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The 45 Warning Signs Of Prescription Drug Abuse
Home After Rehab: The Guide to Finding the Right Place for Recovery

If you’ve decided to relocate after entering addiction recovery, it’s important to find the right home that will promote your continued sobriety and overall wellness. You’ll want to find a place that helps you create a healthy, consistent routine without throwing you into the paths of old triggers. You’ll also want a loving environment to rebuild your relationships and bond with your family, a place where you can heal and focus on your recovery.

Let this be your guide to finding the best new home to keep your addiction recovery on track. It will discuss considerations to make about your new neighborhood, the home itself and offer advice on ways to make your new environment promote a healthy life. As you explore your options, be sure to keep your partner informed about your thoughts and make each decision a joint consensus.


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NIH - National Institute

On Drug Abuse USA

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse changes
lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs on society -
Substance Abuse

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Truth. TheAntiDrug
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with
factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free.

There is a lot of talk about drugs in the world—on the streets, at school, on the Internet and TV. Some of it is true, some not.
Much of what you hear about drugs actually comes from those selling them. Reformed drug dealers have confessed they would have said anything to get others
to buy drugs. Don’t be fooled. You need facts to avoid becoming hooked on drugs and to help your friends stay off them.
Sooner or later—if it hasn’t already happened—you, or someone close to you, will be offered drugs. The decision of whether or not to use them could drastically
affect your life. Any addict will tell you they never expected a drug to take control of their life or maybe that they started with “just pot” and that it was
“just something to do” with their friends. They thought they could handle it and when they found out they couldn’t, it was too late.

You have a right to know the FACTS About Drugs, not opinions, hype or scare tactics. So how do you tell fact from fiction?
That is why we have created this website—for you.


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