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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Take notice that the Annual Meeting of Members of Addiction Services for York Region will take place on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 at 10:00 am Eastern Time at the Royal Venetian Mansion, 400 Industrial Parkway, Aurora, ON. Registration and light refreshments are available at 9:30 am. Business transacted at this…

#bethinkFull Stress Relief Tips

thinkFull is a stress management app that provides daily wellness tips. It was created by Telus in partnership with mindyourmind and other partners. Here are some stress relief tips: Ask for help if you need it. Stress can keep building and sometimes you need someone to help guide through it….

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….

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…