About the Book

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Welcome to Exploring Substance Use in Canada: A Guide for Social Service Workers

Land acknowledgement

I would like to acknowledge that I live in Mi’kma’ki –the unceded territory and ancestral homeland of the Mi’kmaq Nation. Our relationship is based on a series of Peace and Friendship treaties between the Mi’kmaq Nation and the Crown, dating back to 1725. In Nova Scotia, we recognize that we are all treaty people.  Please take a moment and think about the space you are sharing, take time to learn more and reflect on opportunities challenge the status quo.

I would like to acknowledge the individuals who use substances in Canada, many of whom share their experiences and stories through research captured in this text.  As we begin our exploration into substance use in Canada, it is important to recognize and honor those who are living with a substance use disorder and those who have contributed to research.  Please review the following powerful manifesto: Nothing About Us Without Us-A Manifesto

I would like to acknowlege the The Council of Atlantic Academic Libraries (CAAL) for the funding through the AtlanticOER Development Grants to complete the Instructor Resources and H5P content for this text book and Amber Davidson for her hard work in completing the Instructor Resources.  I would also like to thank Dr. Carole Roy and Dr. Leona English as well as Lynn MacGregor at the NSCC Copyright Office and my family and friends for their support in the creation of this work.

This is an introductory text on substance use in Canada for Social Service workers.  This text will be updated yearly with new evidence-based information, training, and resources.  It is a living document, and learners and instructors are encouraged to share evidence-based resources with the author. It is an “open” textbook.

Substance use disorders (SUD), often known as addictions, are an essential area of study for the Social Service Professional.  Why? Chances are you will find yourself working with individuals who use substances.  You may also find yourself working with people who live with a process addiction or behavioural addiction, for example, gambling.  Take a moment to develop a learning goal for yourself, for this course.  What is important to you?

Food For Thought

  • What is one goal for your learning about substances?
  • What is one goal for your learning about substance use disorder?
  • What is one goal for your learning about process/behavioural addiction like gambling?
  • Track your learning goal and modify as needed.

Julie Crouse, Faculty at NSCC
June 8, 2022

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