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Information for Youth: Addiction

Learn More About Substance Use and Addiction

​​​​​​​​This page will help you learn more about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and gambling. There is information to help you if you have an addiction, or if you think you need help.

We also have tools to help you get to know yourself better, manage your stress and build better friendships.

If you are a parent and think or know that your teen is struggling with substances or has an addiction​, there is information to help you.

Alcohol
Alcohol is a drug. Next to caffeine, it’s the most popular drug used by Canadians.

Tobacco
Cigarettes and spit tobacco contain nicotine and cause cancer. Every year thousands of people in Canada quit using tobacco for good.

Other Drugs
Learn about everything from caffeine to cocaine, marijuana to methamphetamine, and many more.

Gambling
For most people gambling is something that they enjoy doing once in a while. People play lotteries and bingos, go to casinos, or bet on horse races and sporting events.

Getting to Know Yourself
You have to spend your entire life with yourself—so isn’t it worth getting to know yourself better?

Tools to Stay Clean
Quitting alcohol, drugs, or gambling is a huge step in changing your life, but it’s only the first step. Staying clean is another story.

Information for Parents
Do you think that your teen has an alcohol, drug or gambling problem? Here is some information that may help you.

Youth Treatment Services
If you’re thinking about using youth treatment services, you probably have some questions about us and what we have to offer.

To find out more, or to find an addiction services office near you, please call the 24-hour Helpline (Alberta only).

Current as of: December 20, 2016

Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services