Adolescent addiction in Canada is a fact. The statistics are disturbing.

In 2012, 60% of illicit drug users were aged 15-24 (CCSA). UNICEF published a report in 2013 that stated “Canadian children 11-15 are the #1 users of cannabis in the world.” As parents, guardians and healthcare professionals we need to be constantly aware of the dangers that addiction poses to vulnerable minds and bodies. In this section, you can research the facts about addiction, complete a checklist on addiction warning signs, find out what the disease model means for treatment, and consider the challenges that carers face when treating teens in a semi-residential setting.