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NATIONAL ADDICTIONS AWARENESS WEEK 2020

30% of Canadians say they are personally impacted by addiction. Imagine a time when all Canadians with addiction are treated the same as patients with a physical illness. 

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ADDICTION CAN AFFECT ANY FAMILY

Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR) is joining organizations across Canada to promote National Addictions Awareness Week –  an annual event that recognizes issues related to substance use disorders. Let’s work together to promote  prevention, support recovery and end the stigma associated with addiction and recovery.

ADDICTION FACTS

False beliefs about addiction cause significant misunderstanding and fear which often leads to prejudice against people  affected by addiction and their families. 

Addiction:

  • is a disease that deserves treatment not judgment
  • is unintentional – no one chooses to have an addiction
  • is far-reaching, affecting the whole family

STIGMA HURTS

Stigma is a significant barrier to recovery. Providing support and advocating for people with substance use disorders can go a long way to removing stigma. 

Stigma:

  • results in long wait lists due to   the underfunding of treatment
  • discourages people from seeking treatment
  • isolates and marginalizes people
  • creates guilt and shame  

EDUCATE FOR CHANGE

Education opens the door to understanding and compassion. It is the key to debunking stereotypes, exposing myths and challenging unproductive approaches to treatment.

Education:
 
  • changes attitudes
  • creates community
  • motivates evidence-based public policy
  • supports recovery   

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Support . Educate. Advocate

FAR Canada is  changing how people think and talk about addiction. Add your voice to the conversation. Share this page with your own social network and join us to stay up-to-date with our efforts, impact and events.

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