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Things to Do if You or Someone You Love May be Considering Suicide

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. People who take their lives don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member…

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…

Addressing Stigma

Mental Illness is not a Character Defect. There are many reasons why people develop mental illness. Some are genetic or biological. Some are a result of childhood trauma or overwhelming stress at school, work or home. Some stem from environmental injustice or violence. Sometimes, we simply don’t know. Regardless of…

Human Trafficking: Modern-day Slavery in York Region

Human Trafficking is not only an international issue, it is occurring within our own community,” police said in a recent statement. Police say human trafficking occurs when a group or individual recruits, transports, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person—or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a…

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…

How to Prevent & Treat a Sunburn

A tan is visible proof that your skin has been damaged by UV rays. Tanning is your skin’s response to overexposure to UV rays. Skin damage caused by the sun is cumulative. This means that long-term, daily exposure to sunlight adds up. UV exposure causes damage in the DNA of…

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…