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National Addictions Awareness Week

All Walks of Life

November 26–December 2, 2018

Sadly, one in 10 Canadians suffers from some type of substance use disorder. That could mean your colleague, your neighbour or someone in your own family. Addiction does not discriminate—it affects all walks of life.​

This year during National Addictions Awareness Week, we will be trying to dispel some deeply held stereotypes about substance use disorders. Through our Faces and Voices video campaign, individuals will share their experience with substance use, both personally and through others. The videos show how substance use disorders can affect any social level.

We are holding our Stigma Workshop: Breaking down the Barriers on Thursday, November 29, 2018. The purpose of the workshop is to increase awareness of stigma and to identify strategies to address it in our communities and workplaces. Our aim is to build meaningful partnerships with others committed to addressing stigma. We are conducting a Facebook Live event to bring you the panel from the workshop and will provide more information about this event soon.

We are also preparing a toolkit with infographics, videos and social media products for you and your organization to share and help raise awareness of this issue that affects #AllWalksofLife. The toolkit will be available for distribution soon.​​

Your efforts to promote National Addictions Awareness Week 2018 will help reduce the stigmas and stereotypes associated with addiction and recovery. We need to reduce those stigmas because addiction does not discriminate. Thank you!​