Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
Addiction and Health
Not all people who use substances experience challenges. In fact, people use substances for a variety of reasons including relaxation, enhancing social experiences, exploring new ideas, and coping with anxiety or other health-related conditions.
Take alcohol for example – many people use this mind-altering substance in safe and enjoyable ways.
For some however, substance use has the potential to lead to addiction and other unhappy and unhealthy experiences.
More and more, problematic substance use is understood as a response to a variety of life circumstances including grief, trauma, and abuse.
What causes addiction?
Addiction is complex. There are a range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence how substance use affects someone.
Addiction is a health condition. When someone uses substances, changes can occur in their brain, making it challenging for them to stop using substances, especially if they don’t have access to supports to reduce harm or begin their recovery.
Reasons that could be behind a person’s substance use challenge can include:
A free app that connects people to emergency responders automatically if they become unresponsive while using drugs.
Lifeguard App app gives people who use drugs one more way to stay safer. It empowers people who use drugs to take charge of their health and helps them to survive accidental overdose.
When someone is about to use a drug, especially alone, they can open the app and record the type of substance they are using and confirm their location. The app will hold this information, and a timer is set which can be paused or extended by the app user at any time.
App users can access treatment options quickly and easily, directly through the app. This means that users can remain safer until they are ready to start their journey to recovery.