AHS promotes National Addictions Awareness Week

  • Nov. 10, 2016 9:14 p.m.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is helping Albertans prevent addiction and substance abuse by assisting them in reducing their risk factors and promoting protective factors.

The development of problems with substance use is complex; however, there are things individuals can do to help prevent addiction in themselves and others, including their children, said Dr. Nicholas Mitchell, AHS Provincial Medical Director, Addiction and Mental Health.

“It’s important to understand to take care of ourselves and be positive role models for the children in our lives,” says Mitchell. “National Addictions Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19) gives us an opportunity to talk about what we all can do to help prevent addiction in ourselves, our children and within our communities.”

AHS has created an online Addiction Prevention Tool Kit at www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/

Page14610.aspx to help Albertans prevent addiction and substance abuse. The tool kit includes tips for building healthy relationships and positive behaviours for individuals, parents, communities, families, schools and workplaces.

“We know small actions can make a big difference,” says Mitchell. “This toolkit is very helpful and provides some great tips, such as asking friends how they are doing, engaging with others and outlining how to practise self-care, all of which can make a difference.”

Help is available if you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction. Albertans can get more information or help by calling Health Link at 811 or the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322.

– Fawcett

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