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NWT Addictions Awareness Week

November 12 to 18, 2017, is NWT Addictions Awareness Week (NWTAAW)! NWTAAW is a time to raise awareness as well as to discuss and share information around addictions and recovery. Stigma such as fear, shame, and judgment around addictions continues to persist and creates barriers that might prevent people from seeking help. However, people who are experiencing addictions need our support and understanding. Addiction affects not only the individual, but their family, friends, colleagues, and community. People who are affected by their addiction or a loved one’s addiction can and do recover. A range of options are available to NWT residents no matter what stage of change they might be in.

Who can I talk to for help?

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What is happening in my community?

Did you know?

Between April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017, 172 men and women attended one of the 4 southern addictions treatment facilities contracted by the Department of Health and Social Services, Government of the Northwest Territories.

One misconception is that facility-based or residential treatment is the only way to treat addictions.

The fact is facility-based treatment is only one option available to Northwest Territories residents to treat addictions. Other options include: community based counselling and addictions support, on the land healing programs, and culturally based community wellness programs.

Some communities offer community-based, outpatient addictions treatment programs such as the Matrix program. These alcohol and drug treatment programs allow people to participate in treatment who might not be able to attend a facility-based, southern treatment center due to work, child-care, or other needs.

In addition, some NWT communities have self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Al-Anon. For more information on AA, please visit: www.area78.org and for NA, please visit: www.na.org. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of problem drinkers who share their experiences, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. For information on Al-Anon, please visit: www.al-anon.ab.ca.

Your local Community Counselling Program can guide you through the options available to you.

“I didn’t like what I was doing”

See Donald Prince’s story as he talks straight from experience about addiction including the risk of overdose from opioid use.