National Addictions Week: 8 Resources to Reach Out To

With so many rising stresses in our world and continued healing from the COVID-19 pandemic, it can feel right to engage in things that distract us and return us to a place of feeling good. Sometimes, that feeling is hard to walk away from, and we can get stuck in a place of needing that distraction or being dependent on that good feeling. When you start to lose control of your life because of something you are using to cope, you may be experiencing an addiction. The first step to healing is realizing you have a problem and reaching out for support.

As this week is National Addictions Week, we want to take a moment to highlight some National resources to reach out to if you’re struggling with addiction.

  1. Wellness Together Canada: Funded by the Government of Canada, mental health and addiction resources are immediate, free and confidential. A text number and a call number are available, as well as information on the website about addictions and substance use. Specifically, their programs “Breaking Free: Wellness” and “On My Way to Wellness” may be of interest to you. 

  2. Kids Help Phone: Options ranging from a chat function to calling, texting and information about addiction, Kids Help Phone offers services to kids, teens and young adults 24/7 across Canada. 

  3. National Overdose Response Servic: An overdose prevention hotline, the National Overdose Response Service provides confidential and non-judgemental support by calling, texting or mobile app. 

  4. Teen Challeng: operates as an in-residence alcohol and drug addictions rehabilitation program for 18+ with centres across Canada. 

  5. Hope for Wellness Helpline: is available for all Indigenous people across Canada 24/7 for immediate help and crisis intervention by phone or chat. Services can be available in Cree, Ojibway (Anishinaabemowin) and Inuktitut.

  6. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: (CAMH): Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital that provides services for Addictions and Mental Health in certain areas in Canada as well as innovative research and information on their website that might help guide you in seeking answers and help.

  7. National Youth Solvent Abuse Program: The NYSAP is a national residential in-patient treatment program that provides culturally appropriate treatment for First Nations and Inuit youth with chronic solvent abuse problems.

  8. Check out the Addiction page on our website to find information, myths and facts and learn about signs and symptoms. 

You can find these National resources and more on the Be Safe App, available for free on the App Store and the Google PlayStore and found at

If you are looking for resources for someone else dealing with a substance use addiction, the Canadian Red Cross offers a free First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies course for prevention of opioid overdose and naloxone training. This can be found 


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