Addiction

Health Canada Wants to Hear What You Have to Say About Substance Use

Consultation on strengthening Canada’s approach to substance use issues The purpose of this consultation is to ask Canadians for new and innovative ideas on how to further strengthen the federal government’s health-focussed approach to substance use issues through the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS). How to participate Use the online…

Why is Age of First Use of Alcohol so Critically Important?

Kids who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that 47% of those who began drinking before age 15…

Marijuana, Yes it’s Legal – What You Need to Know!

The Cannabis Act is now law and came into force on October 17th, 2018. The only legal way to purchase marijuana is through the Ontario Cannabis Store. Important Points The Act controls and regulates how cannabis is grown, distributed and sold. Canadians are able to purchase fresh or dried cannabis,…

What is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol is a “depressant” drug. That means it slows down the parts of your brain that affect your thinking and behaviour, as well as your breathing and heart rate. When alcohol is consumed regularly, it is possible to develop a physical dependence. Physical dependence involves tolerance to alcohol’s effects, and…

Youth and Prescription Painkillers

What Parents Need to Know … Prescription opioids, sometimes called prescription painkillers, are now one of the most commonly misused substances among Ontario youth. When used appropriately, they can be very effective in treating severe pain. But opioids can also produce a state of euphoria, making them prone to misuse….

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…