Addiction

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Many of the problems associated with early sobriety do not stem directly from drugs and alcohol. Instead, they are associated with physical and psychological changes that occur after the chemicals have left the body. When a person uses, their brains actually undergo a physical change to cope with the presence…

How Do Alcohol and Other Drugs Affect Driving??

When you drive, your hands, eyes and feet control the vehicle, and your brain controls your hands, eyes and feet. To drive safely, you need to be alert, aware and able to make quick decisions in response to a rapidly changing environment. Alcohol and other drugs alter the normal function…

Recovery Day York Region

Celebrating Recovery from Addiction. Join Us! Friday, September 21, 2018  |  4 PM to 7 PM Our MISSION is to build awareness, challenge social stigma and celebrate the role recovery plays in improving lives for individuals, families and communities. We believe that recovery saves lives. We envision a world in…

How Does Addiction Affect the Brain?

The Link Between Dopamine and Addiction The effect of substance abuse or addictive behaviours on the brain is truly a complex issue. Neurons (nerve cells) are responsible for the sending and receiving of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) to other neurons. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, and our bodies naturally produce this. Our…

Streamlined Access

Connecting You to Mental Health, Addiction, and Dual Diagnosis Services in York Region and South Simcoe. About Streamlined Access Streamlined Access is a FREE referral service that connects individuals, 16 years of age and older, who are dealing with a mental health, and/or addiction issue, and/or dual diagnosis, and are…

Addiction Services of York Region Expands Umbrellas Program for Pregnant Women and Mothers with Young Children Who Are Experiencing Substance Use Disorder

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) confirmed today that it will receive funding to expand its Umbrellas program. The Umbrellas program provides programs and services to support pregnant women and mothers with young children who are experiencing substance use disorders. The Umbrellas program is offered by a number of addiction…

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

Did you know? Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), can DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES of successfully quitting smoking versus willpower alone. What’s more – if you stay smoke-free for your first week of quitting, you’re 9x more likely to quit for good. We can help you get through that crucial first week. The…

Another Overdose Alert as More Purple Heroin Found in Ontario

Health officials in Waterloo Region are issuing an overdose alert after a purple substance believed to be fentanyl was seized during a police investigation. Waterloo authorities say the substance found is said to have a playdough-like consistency with a purple tinge. It’s currently undergoing testing, but officials think it may…

What Does Recovery Look Like?

Despite popular belief, recovery does not necessarily mean that someone has achieved abstinence from their addictive behaviour. Instead, recovery is about improving one’s quality of life through a journey of self-discovery and growth. For some this may include a plan of abstinence, yet for others it may be about achieving…

Talking to Kids About Drugs

It is never too early to start talking to kids about drugs. Substance use is part of life and children who talk with their parents about drug use start to form their own opinions. Explanations and early conversations about chewable vitamin tablets are a good place to start. Children may…