Drugs and Addiction

Recent Articles

Below are past articles previously published in Drugs & Addiction Magazine. These are filled with current and relevant information and statistics and can be used as great conversation starters with youth.

  • Your Friend’s Substance Abuse

    September 15, 2017

    The Risks at Hand When a friend develops a problem with drinking or drug use, it can be upsetting and confusing. The person who you thought you knew so well seems different. Her moods might be less predictable, and she may seem more irritable. She could be treating you differently than she used to, or […]

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  • Depression

    September 15, 2017

    Depression is more than just a bad mood. While it is normal to feel discouraged and frustrated during adolescence, when we are depressed, we feel trapped in our own minds. Depression in youth is more difficult to identify, because, as a teenager, you are already going through so many changes – and the social, academic […]

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  • Methamphetamines

    September 15, 2017

    Crystal meth is part of a category of drugs known as “methamphetamines.” Methamphetamine (MA), which is known by various street names including “speed”, “meth”, “crystal meth” and “chalk”, is a white, odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that readily dissolves in water or alcohol. It can be snorted, swallowed, injected or smoked. In its smokable form it […]

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25 Healthy Ways to Feel Better

  • Put on your favourite music and write in your journal.
  • Work on a creative project, like a scrapbook, a song or a drawing.
  • Talk to someone who will listen to you.
  • Walk outside for at least 20 minutes.
  • Write out every horrible, mean thought in your head. When you are done, try to write on positive thought or idea for each negative thought.
  • Figure ou what you favourite hobby is. Skateboarding? Painting? Soccer? Make a commitment to yourself to spend a certain amount of time every week doing it.
  • Bake cookies, and have a couple with a cold glass of milk.
  • Rent a funny movie.
  • Read something you’re really interested in – even if it’s an Archie comic!
  • Talk on the phone with a close friend.
  • Have a good cry. It helps.
  • Thank about what you would like to be doing in two years, five years and ten years. Don’t limit yourself.
  • If someone has done something to upset you, talk about it with him or her. If you can’t talk about it with that person, talk about it with someone whom you trust.
  • If you are angry with yourself for something you’ve done (or not done), make a plan about how you can make things okay.
  • Make sure there is one adult in your life to whom you feel close and trust. It doesn’t have to be a parent; it can be another family member, a teacher, a coach – anyone who cares.
  • Learn how to do something that you didn’t know how to do before.
  • Do some heart-pumping, sweaty exercise at least three times a week.
  • Volunteer with either children or seniors. It’s very rewarding work, and it looks great when you’re applying for jobs one day.
  • Spend time with a dog.
  • Join a club or a sports team at school.
  • Clean up your bedroom until it’s spotless. Once it’s clean, completely redecorate it.
  • Make a new friend.
  • Try not to eat too much junk food and sugar – both cause your energy level to crash.
  • Get to know a family member better.
  • Don’t try and deal with this alone! Contact one of the resources on our website, under Local Resources, and talk to to someone who can help.
September 15, 2017