Supports and services for Islanders highlighted during National Addictions Awareness Week

This National Addictions Awareness Week, Islanders are encouraged to learn more about the supports and services offered across Prince Edward Island.

PEI addictions services provides a wide range of programs for various forms of substance abuse and addiction, including alcohol, drugs, prescription medication, gambling and smoking. Programs are also available for the loved ones of those struggling with addiction.

“It is extremely important that Islanders who are struggling with addictions and substance abuse are aware of the many supports available and how to easily access them.

It is also vital that we work together to eliminate the stigma associated with substance use and addiction and help everyone better understand the negative impact that stigma has on all those touched by this health issue.” - Health and Wellness Minister, Ernie Hudson. 

National Addictions Awareness Week, organized by the Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse, aims to highlight resources, research and work being done across the country to fight stigma and reduce harms from problematic substance use. This year’s theme is Driving Change Together which focuses on collaborating as a community to make change happen, encouraging Canadians to reassess the way they think about substance use.  

“The more we know about addictions and substance abuse, the more we can support our friends, our family, our community and ourselves. Together, we are all affected by addictions in their many forms.” said Joanne Donahoe, executive director mental health and addictions. “National Addictions Awareness Week is a time to further the conversation around substance abuse and educate Islanders about the many beneficial services available to children and adults across PEI.” 

Community-based addictions services are offered at sites across the province including Souris, Montague, Mount Herbert (Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility), Summerside and Alberton. Supports for adults include provincial addiction treatment, gambling addiction services, opioid replacement therapy, the smoking cessation program and the withdrawal management program. For children or youth, supports include the CAST Program, the Strength Program and youth and family addictions services.

Bridge the gapp is an online resource which offers instant access to information for advice, assurance, or direction for finding addictions supports.

Islanders can call 1-833-553-6983 to reach a trained mental health and addictions professional (a registered nurse or a social worker) 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be directly connected with the supports and services they need. 


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