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Addiction Awareness Week

Every year, Saskatchewan people use community addiction services like those offered in Sun Country Health Region.

Many others don’t seek the help they need. Still others don’t recognize the early signs of an addiction problem. Hundreds of volunteers and health workers are trying to change that, by raising awareness about the harm caused by substance abuse and gambling.

Saskatchewan Addiction Awareness Week (SAAW) is being held November 14 – 20, 2010 in conjunction with National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW).

SAAW provides an opportunity to create public awareness about substance abuse and problem gambling, while also promoting activities that raise the profile of addictions at a community level.

SAAW offers a chance for communities to promote the prevention of substance abuse and to take greater ownership at a local level to address issues.  

SCHR Addiction Services provides accurate and up-to-date facts to educate people – especially young people – about the issues, and encourage them to choose healthy lifestyles.

If people are already affected by a substance abuse problem, they need to know that help is available, where services can be accessed and, most importantly, that it is okay to seek help.

The number of people seeking help for alcohol, drug and gambling problems in Saskatchewan has been on the rise.  Community awareness and involvement are vital to the success of SAAW. 

“It is very encouraging to see the increasing involvement by teachers, parents and community members because addiction affects everyone in the community,” says Janice Giroux, Vice President, Community Health for Sun Country Health Region. 

“There continues to be an increased level of interest expressed by students regarding addiction issues,” she says. 

2010 Addictions Awareness Week activities will focus on providing and presenting information to various regional schools through education and activities focused on addiction, prevention and intervention. 


“We all know that substance abuse can have a devastating effect on a person’s health and safety,” says Janice.


“But, in addition to that, research shows that almost 40 per cent of people are affected by someone else’s substance abuse,” she says.


“That’s why it’s so important to raise community awareness and involvement through

events like Addictions Awareness Week. The goal is to encourage people - especially youth - to choose healthier lifestyles, and let them know where to get help if they need it,” she says.


Addiction Services within Sun Country Health Region will provide school classroom presentations and educational material to the public.

For more information please contact Sun Country Addiction Services at 842-8693 in Weyburn 842-8693, St. Joseph’s Addiction Services at 637-2422 in Estevan, Estevan Youth - 637-2465, Community Supports Program - 637-2757, Kipling - 736-2363.

Posted Nov 9.  


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