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Learn about the risks and effects of alcohol and drug misuse, and the services available to you help you and your family in recovery.
Learn about the effects and risks of alcohol and drugs in the resources available below.
Learn about addictions and recovery services available in Saskatchewan, and find contact information for services near you.
Find more detailed information on the risks and effects of alcohol and drug use, and tools that can assist you in recovery at HealthLine Online.
Parents have the biggest influence in their children's lives. How a parent uses alcohol can influence their children's decisions about alcohol use.
You can help your children avoid early alcohol use by being a good role model. By being active, eating healthy and drinking responsibly, parents teach their children important lessons. Examples include:
Children learn by watching, listening, asking questions and mimicking behaviour. Although small children may not ask many questions about alcohol, it is still an important time in their lives to establish health behaviours for when they are older.
At this time, children may start to show more curiosity about alcohol. Pre-teens often get messages about alcohol from their friends, media and the internet. You cannot control every message that your pre-teen gets, but you can include your own messages for them to hear and learn from.
Teenagers might think that drinking alcohol is a good way to celebrate important milestones in their lives, such as:
Talk with your teen about the real-life, possible consequences of alcohol use, including:
You can also try these tips:
Questions to help kick-start a conversation about alcohol with your teen:
The bottom line is that if it's your teen, and your alcohol, you're responsible.
Involuntary detoxification/stabilization serves as a measure of last resort for parents, legal guardians, and judges when it is determined that a youth's substance use has damaged their decision-making ability to the point they present a risk to their own safety or the safety of others.
The Youth Drug Detoxification and Stabilization Act provides families and care providers with options for accessing services on behalf of youth who are unwilling or unable to engage in voluntary service for severe substance abuse or substance dependence.
The Act allows for involuntary detoxification and stabilization of youth 12 to 17 years of age through a detoxification order by two physicians for a period up to five days, with the possibility of an extension for a maximum of two additional five-day periods. Involuntary detoxification and stabilization can also occur in the community through a community order for up to 30 days.
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