Substance abuse

While there is no sole factor that can predict how an individual may react to a substance or whether they will develop a dependency problem, there are personal and environmental factors that may put someone at greater risk. It’s important to educate oneself around risk factors in order to reduce the harm associated with substance use.

Using the resources below, you can begin to gauge your relationship to substances and find support if you are experiencing dependency and/or addiction.

Community resources

AIDS NB is a non-profit that offers safe, judgement free education about safe sex, safe drug use, and other educational resources. They offer an on-line Naloxone training program to those impacted by opiate use. AIDS New Brunswick also offers anonymous HIV testing onsite and an anonymous needle exchange program, among others.

Fredericton Addiction and Mental Health Services at Victoria Health Centre offer therapy groups and interventions for a variety of presenting issues. They offer specialized addiction services, including a free auricular acupuncture clinic, inpatient detoxification and ongoing addiction counselling among other services. For more information, visit their website or call 506-453-2132.

Virtual resources

Smart Recovery provides effective coping tools to help people self-manage addiction recovery. Some of these self-help tools include worksheets, informative courses, and exercises.

Here to Help – When visiting this website you will find free self-screening tests, the opportunity to submit questions, and current information about numerous substances including alcohol, cannabis, opioids, and many others.

The Canadian Public Health Association provides harm reduction and screening tools for cannabis use in addition to substance use information.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides seminal evidence-based information to help raise awareness and reduce harm associated with substance abuse and addiction.

CollegeDrinking primarily focuses on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among university and college students.


  • Grounded - an app geared specifically towards cannabis use
  • Nomo – features include your own sobriety clock and ability to find an accountability partner if feeling triggered to use.
  • SoberTool
  • WeConnect


  • The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray
  • The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley
  • The Addiction Recovery Workbook: Powerful Skills for Preventing Relapse Everyday by Paula A. Freedman
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté & Peter Levine