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

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

Cannabis is a psychoactive drug which is legal to use in Canada for those over 18 years.  Use before the age of 25 can impact memory, learning, att​ention, judgement and decision-making, among other areas of health. ​

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

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.​

Tips to Help You Connect With Your Child
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: September 29, 2020

Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services