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Stigma Ends With Me!

By: Michelle Brokop, Health Promotion Specialist, CFSU(O) –

National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), led nationally by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) highlights issues and solutions to help address alcohol- and other drug-related harm. It provides an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery and, to bring forward solutions for change.

This year, National Addictions Awareness Week is 25 November – 1 December, 2019.

This years’ theme for NAAW is Stigma Ends with Me. The goal is to increase understanding of the devastating stigma associated with substance use and addiction and its impact on the well-being of people touched by this health issue.

Stigma is a significant barrier to wellness and good health for people who use substances and often the language we use contributes to Stigma.

Please check out the Changing the Language of Addiction fact sheet to help end the stigma! This fact sheet illustrates that stigmatizing words can act as a barrier to recovery from substance use disorders and suggests alternative language that can breakdown negative stereotypes.

For more information visit the CCSA website:


Why not register for the Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gaming and Gambling – CAF Supervisor training being held on 19 – 20 November, 2019? This training will increase your knowledge and understanding of a variety of issues related to alcohol, other drugs, gambling and gaming. Participants will also learn to apply CAF policies and understand the role of the supervisor in creating and promoting an addiction-free workplace. (MITE Code provided).

Visit our website to register and check out all our Health Promotion workshops:


Feature Image provided by: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addicition

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