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Below are past articles previously published in Drugs & Addiction Magazine. These are filled with current and relevant information and statistics and can be used as great conversation starters with youth.

  • A Cry for Guidance

    January 18, 2018

    ‘We are dying’: Maskwacis community members overwhelmed by suicides.   Emily Soosay is grieving the loss of her 22-year-old son Luwen Soosay-Morin, who took his life two days before Christmas. Saturday she attended a vigil for a celebration of life following a wave of recent deaths by suicide in her home community of Maskwacis, Alta. She […]

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  • Vaping 101 – Health Relation, Benefits, Dangers, Fun Facts and More

    January 2, 2018

    Vapers Among Us: When you notice someone standing on the street puffing away at their vape pen, do you stop and think for a second and say “ Hey that looks cool!” I don’t think any of us do. So, when we see celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Katy Perry doing it — maybe some […]

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  • Your Friend’s Substance Abuse

    September 15, 2017

    The Risks at Hand When a friend develops a problem with drinking or drug use, it can be upsetting and confusing. The person who you thought you knew so well seems different. Her moods might be less predictable, and she may seem more irritable. She could be treating you differently than she used to, or […]

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25 Healthy Ways to Feel Better

  • Put on your favourite music and write in your journal.
  • Work on a creative project, like a scrapbook, a song or a drawing.
  • Talk to someone who will listen to you.
  • Walk outside for at least 20 minutes.
  • Write out every horrible, mean thought in your head. When you are done, try to write on positive thought or idea for each negative thought.
  • Figure ou what you favourite hobby is. Skateboarding? Painting? Soccer? Make a commitment to yourself to spend a certain amount of time every week doing it.
  • Bake cookies, and have a couple with a cold glass of milk.
  • Rent a funny movie.
  • Read something you’re really interested in – even if it’s an Archie comic!
  • Talk on the phone with a close friend.
  • Have a good cry. It helps.
  • Thank about what you would like to be doing in two years, five years and ten years. Don’t limit yourself.
  • If someone has done something to upset you, talk about it with him or her. If you can’t talk about it with that person, talk about it with someone whom you trust.
  • If you are angry with yourself for something you’ve done (or not done), make a plan about how you can make things okay.
  • Make sure there is one adult in your life to whom you feel close and trust. It doesn’t have to be a parent; it can be another family member, a teacher, a coach – anyone who cares.
  • Learn how to do something that you didn’t know how to do before.
  • Do some heart-pumping, sweaty exercise at least three times a week.
  • Volunteer with either children or seniors. It’s very rewarding work, and it looks great when you’re applying for jobs one day.
  • Spend time with a dog.
  • Join a club or a sports team at school.
  • Clean up your bedroom until it’s spotless. Once it’s clean, completely redecorate it.
  • Make a new friend.
  • Try not to eat too much junk food and sugar – both cause your energy level to crash.
  • Get to know a family member better.
  • Don’t try and deal with this alone! Contact one of the resources on our website, under Local Resources, and talk to to someone who can help.
September 15, 2017