Support Information

Support for you as a parent

Addiction professionals

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http://www.cnsaap.ca/Eng/Pages/index.aspx
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The Canadian Network of Substance Abuse and Allied Professionals publishes its professional standards on this website. Here you can review the technical and behavioural competencies identified as necessary to the substance abuse workforce. How do professionals in this field ensure quality client care? As a client or the parent of a client, you should know what to expect–and what to demand.

CNSAAP’s site also heralds the”first-ever Canadian standards for youth substance abuse prevention” from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA).  These take the form of Building on Our Strengths: Canadian Standards for School-based Youth Substance Abuse Prevention-A Guide for Education and Health Personnel. The standards were developed as a resource for those in the field to help strengthen school-centred prevention efforts across Canada. Get acquainted with these standards and be an advocate for effective prevention in your child’s school. 


Books to note

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-Books_to_note.doc
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Releases since 2009, with Amazon reviews or other online background.


Chart for comparing treatment facilities

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-Treatment_Facility_checklist.doc
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Thirty-one relevant questions about addiction treatment are organized in this double sided chart. You will be well prepared to get the answers you need if you print this chart and become familiar with its contents.

Note-taking in an interview may go faster if you personalize the chart. It is constructed so you can make a wish list with it. Then you can use the chart as a checklist. 


Co-Dependents Anonymous

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http://www.cdrs.ca
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The purpose of each CoDA group around BC is “to help each other form better relationships.” Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please consult the meeting list at http://www.cdrs.ca.


Disability pension options

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http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/money.htm
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If your child’s addiction disorder is concurrent with a chronic mental disorder, or if the addiction disorder seems likely to prevent him or her from becoming financially self-sufficient, he or she may be eligible for a disability pension. At this Web address, the BC Coalition of Persons with Disabilities, with the skilled assistance of the Legal Assistance Society, offers Help Sheets that help you work through the red tape of the pension application process. 


Dos and don’ts for working well with the health-care system

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-DODONT.doc
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Parents of a young person with an addiction disorder (or of concurrent disorders) will probably find they have a lot in common with the parents whose experience is the basis of this advice from the B.C. Schizophrenia Society.


Families edition of Visions Journal

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http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/sites/default/files/visions-families-vol8.pdf
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A director of FGTA, Nichola Malim Hall, guest-edited Volume 8, Number 3 of Visions Journal from the Here to Help coalition. Among the article authors is Frances Kenny, who created and has facilitated the Parents Forever support group for families affected by addiction. Sample the contents of this excellent journal at the link below. The archive copies are worth browsing as well.


Families, Drugs and Alcohol

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http://www.adfam.org.uk
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This 21-year-old organization, based in London, publishes information of value to families and professionals in the UK.


Has addiction stigma got you down?

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http://threethings.ca/
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The Three Things campaign has a viewpoint sympathetic to the families of those who struggle with any of the common substance misuse issues evident in BC communities. It recognizes how unique each disorder is. “Addiction is a complex issue,” begins the website home page. “It doesn’t always fit a certain mould or follow a particular path.”  

Take a look around the website, and download the posters if you know how to put them up where they will get respectful attention. Whether the posters interest you or not, you might take heart from the compassion that this campaign promotes with its straightforward explanations and practical calls to action.

The “three things” are messages framed for combatting the stigma that keeps people from asking for help:

  • Addiction is not a choice. People may choose to use alcohol or drugs, but nobody chooses to become addicted.
  • Stereotypes about addiction are misguided. People with addictions are not always whom you’d picture. Addiction can happen to people from all walks of life.
  • People with addictions are not a lost cause. They are human beings who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect – and your support can make a difference!

HBO’s “Reducing the Risks”

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http://www.hbo.com/addiction/adolescent_addiction/24_reducing_the_risks.html
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Click the U.S. flag for “HBO.com” at the entry page to arrive at an excellent article by a researcher featured in HBO’s program about addiction. You can also view a clip from the DVD.

Ask at your local library if the DVD is available there for lending.


Here to Help – BC Partners

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http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/
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From the website: “We are a group of seven leading provincial mental health and addictions nonprofit agencies working together as the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Since 2003, we’ve been combining our efforts to help individuals and families better manage mental health and substance use problems.”

Among this site’s most popular resources are the Family Toolkit’s 5 modules.  The Family Toolkit is designed to assist families in caring for a family member with a mental illness/addiction by providing information and practical resources. By educating yourself as much as you can about the mental or substance use disorder, you can take an active role in your family member’s recovery.


Here to Help–Caring for Self

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-Here_to_Help_Caring_for_Self_m4.pdf
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The Here to Help website is hosted for a group of seven leading provincial mental health and addictions nonprofit agencies working together as the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. This is module 4 from a complete handbook available on the Here to Help site.


Hospital discharge checklist for parents

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-Hospital_Discharge_Planning.doc
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This detailed checklist from the Schizophrenia Society is a tried-and-true aid for anyone who is meeting a patient at the hospital on their release after a drug-related emergency, especially for the first or only time.


Learn 2 Cope Forum

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http://www.learn2cope.org
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Read stories similar to your own in the online forum at Learn2Cope. It grows every day with postings from parents, family members and their loved ones who are recovering from drug addictions. The forum administrators are on the job 24/7, so you can register to read forum notices and discussions at any time.

Based in Massachusetts, the site is a clear window into a region similar to southern British Columbia for the size of its black market in drugs–and the callousness with which its merchants exploit young people. For advocacy-focused parents in BC, there’s also food for thought parents in the organization’s history and the policy issues it confronts in health care and jurisprudence. 


Mental Health Commission of Canada

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http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/english/pages/default.aspx
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Youth, peer support (for parents and others) and “a room of one’s own” are all news and activity areas represented on this  website, in the newsletter, and in other publications from Canada’s Mental Health Commission.


Opiate overdoses needn’t be fatal — how to be prepared

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http://towardtheheart.com/naloxone/
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Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids (e.g. heroin, methadone, morphine). BC has developed a Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program to help save lives. This site will help you learn more about THN programs and how the BC THN program can be part of your community .


Parent Action Pack — Help Your Teen Make Good Decisions

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-PADParentActionPack2013EN.pdf
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From the parents at http://www.parentactionondrugs.org comes a brief, readable “Action Pack” that helps you talk to your teenaged son or daughter about drugs and alcohol.


Parents Forever

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http://www.parentsforever.ca
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Here it is, all in one place–information about the professionally facilitated Vancouver support group for parents, siblings and friends affected by the addiction of a loved one.


Principles to remember as a medical advocate for a person with an addiction

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-14_Principles_for_Families_MI__Addictions.doc
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As the FGTA Coping Kit notes, you can’t help a loved one achieve health and freedom from addiction if you yourself have become unwell from the stresses and strains that addiction brings into the family. These principles define the limits of a mutually constructive effort on behalf of a family member with an addiction disorder.


Reduce gang involvement risk with advice from Abbotsford police

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http://www.abbypd.ca/Operation-Lodestar-Parenting-Matters
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In 2009, Abbotsford’s police department launched Operation Lodestar, a program of videos and presentation for parents that they had developed with the help of experts in gang violence prevention. Featured in the introductory video are mothers who had brought up happy, active boys only to lose them because of drugs, addiction and armed gang vengeance or betrayal.


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For Teens Out on Their Own

Dental services at reduced cost–BC Dental Association

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http://www.bcdental.org/
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For every regional urban hub in BC, there is a clinic–possibly more than one–offering dental services at reduced cost. 

This site holds details about Community Dental Day, an annual province-wide program in April to provide free, urgent dental treatment to low-income working adults and seniors who don’t have a private dental plan.

The rest of the year, this link helps you find the clinic closest to your addicted family member so you can direct your son or daughter to help in a dental emergency. Ideally, this information can encourage your whole family to stay in a routine of preventive care. There will be a time for bright smiles!


Free help – Downtown East Side

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-DEWC_Resource_Guide_40_Page.pdf
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It’s all here — where to make a free phone call, treat an infection, spend a night in a warm and safe place.


Kelowna soup kitchen

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http://www.oksda.com/street/

Metro Vancouver shelters

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http://www.fgta.ca/docs/0-Van_Shelter_List_Mar_2011.pdf
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This list was updated in March 2011 and includes a half-page of  shelters intended specifically for youth.


Needle exchanges in the Kootenays

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http://ankors.bc.ca/needle.php
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The ANKORS organization has five fixed needle exchanges (in Castlegar and New Denver, for example) as well as mobile services.


Support for young gays and lesbians

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http://www.qmunity.ca
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Qmunity
BC’s Queer Resource Centre. Prideline, information,
referral and peer support.
1170 Bute Street, Vancouver

1-800-566-1170
In the Vancouver local toll area, call 604-684-5307

 


Vancouver mobile needle exchange

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http://www.raincityhousing.org
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Raincity Housing and Support Society is now operating two mobile harm reduction services, principally for Vancouver areas other than the Downtown East Side. The services are too new to be on the organization’s website, but more information is available from Manny Cu at 604.376.6067, e-mail mcu@raincityhousing.org.

Needle Exchange
This mobile service provides clean needles and other harm reduction supplies with the aim of preventing the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C and other infections that can result from unsafe practices. While giving out clean needles staff take the opportunity to teach our clients safer harm reduction practices.
Needle Recovery/Pick-up
If you find a discarded syringe in your neighbourhood call the Needle Pick-up hotline and the Community Pick-up Van will be there to recover and dispose of it safely. The hotline offers rapid needle recovery service 7 days a week, 19 hours a day, and the hours are from 7a.m. until 2 a.m.
The Needle Pick-up Hotline is: 604.657.6561


Victoria soup kitchens/hot meals

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http://www.lifecyclesproject.ca/initiatives/food_directory/?q=taxonomy/term/123
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Includes a Sidney, B.C. location


Watari Survival Manual

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http://www.watarisurvivalmanual.org
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The Survival Manual is a compilation of services for anybody facing change, addiction, a crisis situation, homelessness, hunger or anything urban living throws our way.

Previous versions of the Survival Manual focused on “at risk youth”, it has now expanded to include anyone requiring support in their particular endeavors.

Areas of service include counselling, education and professional training, social action research and community development