National Addictions Awareness Week

National Addictions Awareness Week

National Addictions Awareness Week 2020 22 November - 28 November

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), led nationally by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)​ highlights issues and solutions to help address the harms related to alcohol and other drug use. It provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change.

This year, National Addictions Awareness Week is from November 22 to 28. The theme is Change Begins with Me, which puts the focus on the efforts and actions of individuals. It’s about making a choice to play a part in reducing the stigma surrounding substance use and people who use substances and committing to one change.

The featured resource for NAAW 2020 is a guide titled Overcoming Stigma Through Language: A Primer . This guide can help facilitate conversations and increase awareness of the stigma that surrounds people who use substances, their support networks and service providers in the community.

During NAAW we encourage you to read and share the stigma primer and use what you learn from it to recognize the stigmatizing language, attitudes and behaviours that surround people experiencing the harms of substance use.  


Say this, not that!

By changing the words you use, you can help break down negative stereotypes one conversation at a time. 
Avoid using language like asking someone if they are “clean” or “dirty.” These terms can decrease self- esteem and effectiveness of treatment for someone suffering from a substance use disorder.

Click image below for PDF version:
Low Risk Drinking Guidelines (LRDG)
Cannabis Lower Risk Use Guidelines
Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Use During COVID-19
Defence Team Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19 (Mental Health Continuum)
COVID-19, Alcohol,and Cannabis Use
Responsible Gambling Council (RGC)​ Gambling & Gaming Info)
Alcoholics Anonymous
Safe Gambling Tips
Addiction: An information Guide
Maple Leaf article: Addiction Awareness Week

Getting Help
If you are worried that you, or someone you know may have a substance use (addiction) problem, here are some resources that can help:

- Health Services – 613-945-1111 (CAF members)
- Family Info Line – 1-800-866-4546 (CAF members and family)
- Employee Assistance Program (NPF employees) - 1-800-361-5676
ConnexOntario - 1-866-531-2600
- Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline - 1-888-230-3505
- Quebec Gambling: Help and Referral -1-800-461-0140
NCR Resources - Pocket Guide