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.