You are not alone

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You and Substance Use: Stuff to think about...and ways to make changes

Author: Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research


You are not alone

“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 and my daughters, nurtured by my friends,and witnessed by a God of my understanding—in whom, ultimately, I could not extinguish my addiction.”
—Stephen Reid in Junkie

Sometimes you might feel like no one really understands you or your struggles, especially when it comes to managing your substance use. But the truth is that many people question their use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. (It’s part of the human condition.) And many people are right now considering ways to make changes to their current substance use pattern.

Some people are able to overcome their problems on their own, or with self-help materials. But most of us need support from other people—family members, friends, counsellors, medical professionals, people who share the same faith, people struggling with substance use problems.

No matter which way you choose to explore your relationship with substances—on your own, or with help, or with LOTS of help—just know that you’re not alone.

Who are you closest to? (List names of family members and friends you share a connection with.)


Where do you belong? (List the clubs, groups or organizations you’re a member of.)


Who would you talk to (or where could you go) if you needed help with a problem?


If you’re having trouble answering these questions, you may want to explore ways to expand your social network. See the Tips and Tools section at the back of this booklet.


About the author

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The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, formerly CARBC, is a member of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. The institute is dedicated to the study of substance use in support of community-wide efforts aimed at providing all people with access to healthier lives, whether using substances or not. For more, visit