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National Addictions Awareness Week

​​​​November 26–December 2, 2018​


Addiction does not discriminate—it affects all walks of life​.

This week is National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) and we're addressing stereotypes about substance use disorders.​

Communications toolkit​​

CCSA’s National Addiction Awareness Week Communications for Stakeholders​ is a toolkit that provides resources to help you engage your networks and join the conversation about addiction and people from #allwalksoflife living with substance use disorders. The toolkit ​​contains social media posts and fact sheets to promote a better understanding on how substance use affects all Canadians across the nation. It also contains videos th​at illustrate individuals sharing their experiences on how problematic substance use impacts their lives. ​ ​   

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CCSA CEO Rita Notarandrea speaks on
National Addictions Awareness Week

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Stigma workshop ​

CCSA is presenting a workshop, Stigma Ends with Me, on Thursday, November 29, 2018. The workshop will increase awareness of the​ stigma experienced by people who use substances or have used substances and their families, and identify strategies to address that stigma in our communities and workplaces. One aim of the workshop is to build meaningful partnerships with others who are committed to add​ressing stigma. Follow along on Thursday morning through Facebook Live. You can watch the event live on the CCSA Facebook page​.

New CCSA podcast

CCSA is proud to launch a new monthly podcast. The Evidence will lead listeners through current facts and research associated with substance use in Canada. The pilot episode talks about stigma and its effects on individuals recovering from substance use disorders. We are thrilled to present podcasts discussing the issues that matter most to our partners and stakeholders.​

Share your efforts with us ​

If you are an organization that is promoting and hosting activities associated with National Addictions Awareness Week, we want to he​ar from you. Send us your stories and let us know what you are doing this week via ​

​CCSA truly appreciates your efforts to promote National Addictions Awareness Week 2018. Thank you! These efforts help reduce the stigmas and stereotypes associated with addiction and recovery. We need to reduce those stigmas because addiction does not discriminate. It affects #AllWalksOfLife. ​