Mar 27

Current Government Approach to Mental Health and Addiction Treatment in Saskatchewan

Every month we look at another province, and what their provincial government’s approach to mental health and addictions is. This month we are looking at Saskatchewan, but it is posing as a unique challenge. Saskatchewan released a 10-year mental health and addictions plan for the province in 2014. However, it is now in the process of dissolving its 12 health authorities into one singular health authority for the province. Will this have an impact on the province’s ability to deliver on its...
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Mar 19

Outpatient, Inpatient, Rehab, and Detox: What Do They Actually Mean?

The terminology used in drug rehab and alcohol treatment brochures and online can be confusing if you are not familiar with the industry. We have compiled a few commonly used terms here in an effort to make accessing treatment and other resources easier. Outpatient and Inpatient in terms of Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Programs in Canada Outpatient and inpatient treatment programs are similar in that they both use group therapy. Some of these support groups are evidence-based and others...
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Mar 15

How to Have a Fun, Dry St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is considered a drinking holiday in today's society, which can be hard to participate in when you do not drink. There are many responses these days to this idea of St Patrick’s Day being intrinsically tied to alcohol. Patriotic Irish groups and sober groups have made their own celebrations for anyone wanting to celebrate a dry day. The #1 rule for success is preparation! Plan ahead what you are doing for the day and who you will be with. Making sure you already have sober...
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Mar 12

Help Finding Public Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Saskatchewan

This month, learn how to access public drug and alcohol treatment in Saskatchewan in the next installment of  Provincial Snapshot. Each month, we are outlining the steps you must take to access public drug and alcohol treatment in each province. This blog will detail how to access different levels of addiction and mental health care. If you or someone you know requires urgent help, please call 911.   Early Access to Treatment The four main types of publicly available treatment in...
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Mar 7

Drug Fact Sheet: Marijuana

Today's blog on marijuana looks at its origin story and its mental and physical effects. Marijuana is the dried leaves and flowers of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. The cannabis plant contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is what gives people the high. There are many ways to consume marijuana including smoking using various paraphernalia, vaporizing, and eating it mixed into food like cookies.   History Marijuana dates back at least 4000 years with references to...
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Mar 5

Safe Injection Sites a Possibility for Waterloo Area

Safe injection sites are being considered in the Waterloo region following a public health supervised injection site feasibility study. By looking at how many people use needle syringe programs, it is estimated that 4000 people in the Waterloo region use injection drugs with almost half using daily. Kitchener and south Cambridge are earmarked as the ideal locations for safe injection sites as they had more opioid overdoses than other areas in the region. Study Results Officials who conducted...
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