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National Addictions Awareness Week

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) 2017

Words Matter

November 12 – 18, 2017

Each year, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) joins organizations across the country in observing National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). Led nationally by CCSA, NAAW highlights issues and solutions to help address alcohol- and other drug-related harm and provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn about prevention, talk about treatment and recovery, and bring forward solutions for change.

This year, NAAW is putting the spotlight on the stigma surrounding substance use disorders — specifically, how stigmatizing language can perpetuate harmful stereotypes and act as a barrier to seeking help and sustaining recovery. The truth is … WORDS MATTER.

Show your support 

CCSA has created some fact sheets and videos, which we invite you to view and share. We also encourage you to follow the conversation at #WordsMatter and #NAAW2017 on Twitter @CCSACanada and @CCDUSCanada to help support the efforts of individuals and organizations throughout Canada as we mark NAAW 2017.

Click on the images below to view and share fact sheets, videos and Twitter resources.

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Life in Addiciton
  Words Matter        Life in Recovery

  Stigmatizing language
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CCSA CEO Rita Notarandrea discusses how Words Matter Dr. Kenneth Tupper, Director, Implementation and Partnerships, at the British Columbia Centre for Substance Use, discusses the stigmatizing terminology of addiction
Gord Garner, Chelsey June and Jaaji of Twin Flames chat about stigma and recovery
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Help raise awareness - share on Twitter.