Category: Drug Prevention


Drug & Alcohol Education | Drug Prevention | Public Policy

Banning Substances Won’t Curb Addiction

A combination of historical and cultural factors has brought us to the position that American and Canadian societies are in today regarding addiction, education, and healthcare. Influences from dominant religious groups (such as Protestantism) and

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Addiction and Society | Drug Prevention

The Best Way to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Addictions

If you try to imagine a typical client at SCHC, you’ll likely have a tough time. Outside of being men (which also doesn’t define much as gender roles begin to hold less and less importance),

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12 Steps of AA | Drug Prevention | Youth Drug Use & Addiction

What Treatment Can Learn from Drug Prevention Programs

We can learn a lot about addiction and recovery from our current fare of drug prevention programs. Here are some statistics:  According to a 2007 published survey by the Government of Canada, most Canadian youth,

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Drug Prevention | Family Addiction Help | Motivation | Parenting | Resilience

A Teacher Speaks Out: The Dangers of Over-Managing Our Kids

Barb Struch is a long-time high school teacher residing in Powell River, British Columbia. Barb and I both share a concern about the way schools and families are preparing youth for adulthood, albeit from different

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Addiction Recovery (Life After Treatment) | Drug & Alcohol Education | Drug Prevention

Oxycodone, OxyNEO, and Heroin trends in Canada

Many people abusing prescriptions are often using painkillers, or Opioids, like Oxycodone and Methadone. These medications can become very addictive if not effectively monitored by both the patient and physician. In the last two years,

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Drug Prevention

Talk to Your Kids About Drugs

Most of us know it’s important to talk about uncomfortable topics like drugs, alcohol, and sex. When it comes to those 3 topics, most of us have a solid understanding of each. I imagine you

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Drug Prevention | School

Truth or D.A.R.E? The reality of school drug prevention programs

What is DARE? DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It was developed in 1983 in San Francisco, California to bring police officers in one hour/week for one semester at participating schools. Officers provided information

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Drug Prevention

Canada Bans Bath Salts but Designer Drug Problem Here to Stay

By Daniel Jordan Director The recent announcement by the Canadian government to add mephedrone to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act comes four months to the day of the notorious face-eating incident involving bath salts.

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Bill Wilson | Drug Prevention | Geoff Thompson

Drug Prevention: What’s Good About Drugs?

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, talks about the importance of addressing what some perceive as the “benefits” of drug use and finding these same benefits in sober recovery.

Addiction Research & Theories | Drug Prevention | Geoff Thompson | Leading Experts

Drug Prevention: New Research on What Works

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses new research regarding drug prevention, specifically what has been missing in our approach. A new question that researchers have been asking is “why do young

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Drug Prevention | Geoff Thompson

Drug Prevention: Part 2 of Drugs Are Bad

In part 2, Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, offers some reasons why the “drugs are bad” approach may not work. Geoff asks parents to think that if the “drugs are bad”

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Drug Prevention | Geoff Thompson

Drug Prevention: Drugs are Bad

Geoff Thompson, Program Director for Sunshine Coast Health Centre, discusses drug prevention programs and what does and doesn’t work. Examples of failed programs include the DARE program, celebrity testimonials, etc. Programs that have claimed to

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

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Relapse, Addiction & The Stages of Change

Relapse and Fear For families with loved ones in recovery from addiction, the R-word is a very scary word. Family members typically fear relapse because they make sense of it as a disaster or failure

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