Alcohol or drug use
Many Canadians use alcohol, cannabis, prescription medications or other substances in ways that are unlikely to hurt them. In our culture, most of these drugs are simply a part of life, and accepted. And when used responsibly, they may not affect our daily life or our health.
But sometimes, we may lose our way and start using more, or more often. For any number of reasons some people find themselves struggling with more risk of harmful consequences to themselves and others. When substance use starts to negatively affect our relationships, performance at work, our health, or our finances, it could be a sign of a problem that needs attention. And if you consume alcohol or other drugs to avoid feeling bad or to cope with life’s challenges, you may be putting yourself at risk.
If this sounds like you, you might want to consider speaking to your doctor. Outside support may also be needed when dealing with the substance use of a family member or loved one
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Togetherall is a clinically moderated, online peer-to-peer mental health community that empowers individuals to anonymously seek and provide support 24/7.
Togetherall provides millions of people access to a safe and supportive online community...
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- Immediate text support
HealthyMinds@WorkCanadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Discover tools to help support your mental health efforts in creating a space where workers feel safe, respected, and valued.
Mental Health 101The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Acadia First Nation Community Health Centres
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Glooscap First Nation Health and Healing Centre
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Aboriginal Head-Start, On-Reserve (AHSOR)
Home and Community Care (HCC)
Brighter Futures - health promotion
Community Health Promotion and Injury/Illness Prevention
Annapolis Valley First Nation Health Centre
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Sipekne’katik First Nation
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- Prenatal classes and services
- Parent programming
- Maternal child health services
- Public health...
Pictou Landing Health Centre
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Services provided include:
- Primary health care
- Nursing services
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- Home and community care
- Dietician services
- Clinical therapists
- Addictions services
- Public health
- Primary care
- Palliative care
- Lab services
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Membertou Health and Wellness Home
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Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq - Mental Wellness Team
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Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselling Association of Nova Scotia (NADACA)
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IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Colchester East Hants Branch
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Halifax-Dartmouth Branch
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Nova Scotia Division
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The Marguerite Centre
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Hope for Wellness HelpLine
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Eskasoni Mental Health
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Direction 180 is a community-based, opioid treatment program located in the North End of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This non-profit organization has been running since 2001 as a program of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center.
Caregivers Nova Scotia
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Kids Help Phone
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Ally Centre of Cape Breton
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Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services - Mental Health Programs and Services
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Veterans Affairs Canada Assistance Service
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Families Matter in Mental Health
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Geriatric Psychiatry Acute Inpatient Unit
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Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Program
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Driving While Impaired (DWI) Program/Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program (AIIP)
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Inpatient Mental Health Services
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First Nations Services
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Community Support Service (Adults)
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Child and Adolescent Services
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Adolescent Outreach Services
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- Brief and Early Intervention
- Community Partnerships
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