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  1. You are not alone

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home “The only real serenity I have ever experienced, paradoxically and tellingly, has been without the assistance of drugs. It arose from a long periodof abstinence, late in life, encouraged by the love of my wife ...

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  2. People use drugs

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home For thousands of years, people around the world have been using drugs—caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, and so on—largely to help them manage their daily lives (though recreational drug use has always exist ...

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  3. Drugs have the potential to both help and harm

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home It is estimated that almost a quarter of the burden of disease in British Columbia results from substance use (tobacco contributes 12% of the burden of disease, alcohol about 10%, and illegal drugs combined abo ...

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  4. Drugs play only a small part in the story of risk and harm

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home Some people struggling with drug use believe the drug itself is the main problem. (They think to themselves, “If this drug didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have a drug problem!”) But drugs aren’t the only factor to con ...

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  5. Drug problems are just like other problems

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home Some of us have a great deal of trouble managing “normal” human activities—eating, sex, shopping, using the Internet—in a healthy way while others have no problem at all. In this section: Can you identify what& ...

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  6. Change is sometimes necessary

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home Most of us can and do use substances in ways that carry minimal risk. But sometimes we get distracted or lose our way and start using more, and more often, than makes sense. ...

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  7. Change is always possible

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home There is always hope for people struggling with substance use problems. That is, change is always possible, whether that change means reducing your current use or quitting altogether. ...

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  8. More on why some people lose their way with drugs

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home For centuries, humans have been trying to explain why some people lose their way with substances and others don’t. ...

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  9. Tips and tools

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home Keep your perspective It took time for you to develop your current substance use pattern, so it may take time to change it (if indeed it needs changing). ...

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  10. Harm reduction strategies

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      English PDF | Next section | Workbook home In this section: Lower-risk drinking guidelines What is a unit of alcohol? Quick tips for reducing harm Lower-risk drinking guidelines To reduce long-term health risks, never exceed weekly limits: 15 units for ...

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