Alcooliques anonymes (A.A.) came about because its members finally gave up trying to control their drinking. Many people suffer from the same feelings of guilt, loneliness, hopelessness. A.A. helps individuals learn that they had these feelings because they have a disease, called alcoholism.
This non-governmental organization aims to provide national leadership on substance use and to advance solutions to address alcohol- and other drug-related harms. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) brings together people and knowledge to improve the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities across Canada.
Lifeline is a non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping everyone affected by addiction. They offer a full range of treatment options and comprehensive youth at-risk programs. People suffering from substance and behavioural addictions and their family members are guided through the process of healing and recovery.
Drug Free Kids Canada is building a movement that encourages and supports parents to prevent and reduce the harms of problematic drug use by youth. DFK’s comprehensive website is the hub of all their educational activities; allowing parents easy access to information on substances, drug prevention tools, and DFKC resources along with the strategies they need to communicate effectively with their children about a growing list of current issues. While the website is directed for parents, the information and educational activities is useful for teachers and school staff.
Drugs: Help and Referral (DHR) provides support, information, and referrals to anyone worried about their use of drugs, alcohol and/or medication, as well as, to their loved ones. Their services are free and confidential, with counselors available 24/7 via phone or chat across Québec.
Éduc’alcool is an independent not-for-profit organization that informs Quebecers about alcohol consumption and encourages moderation. Its ultimate aim is to educate the public, in general, and young people in particular, with regard to drinking and to provide information on the psychological and physiological effects of alcohol.
Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
I Quit Now offers exclusive videos and digital tools to help easily let go of cravings and quit smoking for good at your own pace. Services include free personalized support via online help, by phone, in person or by text message.
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
The bursary is open to Canadian citizens who have themselves been severely injured or who have had a parent (or legal guardian) or sibling killed or severely injured as a result of an impaired driving crash and who are enrolled in a full-time, ministry-approved, post-secondary educational program. Note: Applicants should be aware that there is a thorough application process where proof of injury is required.
Maison Jean Lapointe is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve individuals’ quality of life through treatment, prevention, support, and knowledge sharing as they relate to substances and addictions.
Narcotics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of recovering addicts whose primary purpose is to help addicts stop using drugs by utilizing a twelve-step approach. NA is not a religious organization and does not require any particular belief system. It teaches basic spiritual principles such as honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness, to name a few. The specific practical application of these principles is determined by the individual member.
The Centre de réadaptation en dépendance (CRD) offers services to provide detoxification, rehabilitation, and social reintegration services to people with addiction problems.
In the therapeutic community environment, residents work through the underlying issues that caused their substance abuse and develop a set of social competencies that will help them deal with the challenges of everyday life without resorting to drug abuse. Participants develop the self-esteem and confidence to go on to lead healthy, productive, drug-free lives.
CAMH conducts groundbreaking research, provides expert training to health care professionals and scientists, develops innovative health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates on public policy issues at all levels of government. You can find scientific research, educational projects, and professional development on topics related to addiction and mental health.
Walgwan is a national rehabilitation center that offers services in French and English to First Nations and Inuit youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are suffering from substance abuse and dependence. It is the only center of this type in all of Eastern Canada that is open to all nations. Situated in Gesgapegiag, in the heart of the Bay of Chaleurs on the Gaspé Peninsula, Walgwan offers a holistic approach based on the needs of each individual. You do not need to reside in the area to benefit from the services offered.