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What is addiction? 

Addiction is a complex condition. One simple way of describing addictions is the presence of the 4 Cs: Craving, loss of Control of amount or frequency of use, Compulsion to use, and use despite of Consequences.


Signs your youth is struggling with an addiction

  • Lying about where they are 
  • Change in friendships
  • Keeping new friendships at a distance from the parent
  • Family connections weakening
  • Grades becoming poor
  • Skipping class
  • Running away
  • Change in moods and behaviours 
  • Behaviours becoming more irritable or volatile
  • Finding alcohol or drugs in the youth’s room
  • Stealing from friends and family
  • Getting in trouble with the law