From November 13 – November 19, 2016, AARC is joining with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery organizations across the country to mark National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) under the theme “Addiction Matters.” 

Did You Know?
– Worldwide, Canada is the second largest per capita consumer of opioids behind the U.S. #NAAWCanada #Addiction matters
– Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance in Canada, especially among youth.
– The economic cost of alcohol-related harm across Canada is $14.6 billion per year.
#NAAWCanada #Addiction matters


This year, a social media campaign hosted by @CCSACanada will share daily facts on marijuana, alcohol, and substance use prevention and treatment under the hashtag #NAAW.Led by the CCSA every November, NAAW highlights important issues and solutions to help reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs on Canadian society, and provides all Canadians the opportunity to learn more about prevention, treatment and recovery.

A large part of any solution involves addressing head on the stigma associated with problematic substance use. This disorder does not discriminate. Yet many still believe it is a moral failing, which might prevent our family, friends, neighbors and colleagues from seeking the help they need.Towards the end of the week, the conversation will shift to opioids to coincide with Canada’s Opioid Conference and Summit, which takes place in Ottawa on November 18 and 19. We support the summit’s objective of taking meaningful action on the opioid crisis, a complex health and social issue that impacts all Canadians.

“AARC is proud to stand with CCSA and community partners to reinforce that addiction matters — to people in Calgary, Alberta and all across Canada,” said Dr. Jackie Smith, Director of Community Education and Research. “AARC works to address the many harms of problematic substance use, and to bring hope to youth and families who are battling substance use disorders.”

On November 17, 2016 AARC is hosting their 3rd Fentanyl Awareness Workshop with Keynote Speaker Dr. Mark Yarema Medical Director of Poison and Drug Information Services and the Section Chief for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology for Alberta Health Services. In addition to Dr. Yarema, Tessa J. (AARC graduate and former fentanyl user) will be sharing her story about addiction, treatment and recovery.

Long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is both achievable and sustainable when it is based on the evidence. Canadians in all provinces and territories have a fundamental right to access high-quality, consistent prevention, treatment and recovery support services — because addiction matters to every one of us, and recovery is real.

For more information on National Addictions Awareness Week, please visit You can also join the dialogue over social media by following @CCSACanada @helpteenaddicts and using the hashtag #NAAWCanada.