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Substance Use Blog Series: Stages of Change and Returns to Use

Sept. 8, 2020     Today’s Substance Use post is going to introduce a way of thinking about change called the Transtheoretical Model, or simply, The Stages of Change. Created by substance use researchers James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente in the 1970s, it has been applied to how people make all sorts of changes in

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Substance Use Series: Layers of Stigma, Racism and Gender Stereotypes

Sept. 2, 2020   Throughout the summer we have discussed stigma in a number of our Substance Use Services blog posts. We examined some of the underlying myths that fuel stigma against people who use drugs, explored three forms of stigma (social, structural, and self-stigma), and we offered a few suggestions for how individuals can

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Substance Use Blog Series: Family Resources

Aug 21, 2020 In previous Substance Use Services’ posts, we looked at resources for Delta adults and youth who use substances (click on the links to visit to those pages). Today’s post is for family members and close friends who are concerned about someone else’s substance use. Whether we are in adulthood or childhood (or

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Substance Use Blog Series: What is Harm Reduction?

Aug 14, 2020 This week in the Substance Use Services’ blog, we are taking a closer look at harm reduction. We will discuss what harm reduction is, describe some examples of harm reduction around substance use in British Columbia, and then break down two myths about harm reduction. Harm reduction refers to strategies and measures

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Substance Use Blog Series: What is the Overdose Crisis?

August 1, 2020 This week’s post is an overview of the overdose crisis. After describing what the crisis is, we discuss three factors that contributed to the current public health emergency: Barriers to health services The increase in opioid prescriptions leading up to the crisis The illegal sales of fentanyl This 8 min TED-Ed video

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