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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

National Addictions Awareness Week 

A city. A sports team. A neighbourhood. A school. An organization. A group of friends.

Communities come in all shapes and sizes.

Join us Nov. 20–26 for National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). This year we are placing the spotlight on how different communities across the country are helping those in their community with problematic substance use or have a substance use disorder.

It’s about showing how collaborating as a community, a Community of Caring, makes change happen.


CCSA understands that each of our partners and communities of people who use drugs have their own experiences, perspectives and preferred language. We appreciate that the term “addiction” can be stigmatizing for some communities and an important part of the conversation for others. Seeking to raise awareness about substance use health, addictions and people who use drugs is an important goal we all share as we seek to improve health and wellbeing.

The discussion around NAAW can be emotionally difficult. We encourage people to reach out for help or get support in these sometimes-difficult conversations. Please continue to send us feedback as we strive to be better partners.

Show Us How You Care

Help us spread the message about NAAW. Use the hashtags #CommunityCaring and #NAAW2022 on your social media posts to show the different ways your community cares about people with problematic substance use or have a substance use disorder.

National Addiction Awareness Week Social Media Graphics

Download the graphics below and pair them with posts from our social media content bank. Post them on your social media platforms during the week of NAAW to help us share the ways communities care.

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National Addictions Awareness Week Posters

Use the NAAW poster to spread the word about what you are doing to help make changes in your community. Snap a photo and share on social media.

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Resources to Show How You Care

During NAAW, we will be sharing social media posts about the many resources we developed with partners across Canada who care about substance use health. Highlighted below, these resources can be used to help inform and start important conversations or help people who use substances or have a substance use disorder.

If you or someone you know needs help now, please access this list of addiction treatment helplines to find help in your area.

Help with Mental Health and Stigma

A series of 10 surveys over a 17 month explored the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and substance use.

Facilitates conversations and increases awareness of the stigma surrounding people who use substances, their support networks and service providers in the community.

Help for Employers

A collection of resources to help reduce the harms of substance use for people in Canada, particularly those working in construction and the trades.

A collection of resources and tools to support the understanding and use of our Technical and Behavioural Competencies for Canada’s Substance Use Workforce.

Help for Harm Reduction Workers

Examining the benefits and challenges harm reduction workers across Canada are facing as they continue to deal with the concurrent opioid-related toxicity emergency and COVID-19 pandemic.

Help Create Safer Communities

Recommended Drug-Impaired Driving data collection indicators to help reduce injuries and fatalities on Canada’s road.

Help for Educators and Youth Allies

Resources to increase educators’ knowledge and get them ready and feeling more confident to talk with youth about substance use.

Showing how early childhood experiences shape our lifetime health.

Help for Parents and Guardians

A support resource for parents dealing with a young person who has a substance use disorder.

Learn about how using cannabis during pregnancy or breastfeeding affects your baby’s health.

Help for Young People Who Use Opioids

Videos for service providers to help develop a youth-centred approach for treatment of opioid use disorder.

Help Start a Journey to Wellness

Mental health and substance use support for people in Canada and Canadians abroad, always free and virtual, 24/7.

About National Addiction Awareness Week

NAAW highlights solutions to help address the harms related to alcohol and other drug use. It provides an opportunity for people in Canada to learn more about prevention, talk about treatment and recovery, and develop solutions.


If you have any questions about NAAW, please contact us at

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