Self-Help Resources

Addiction Self-Assessment Questions
If you are wondering whether or not you have a substance use or addiction problem, the simplest way to begin to assess your drinking or drug use is to use the self-assessment tools. These short questionnaires will help you identify if you, a friend, or a loved one may be dealing with a drug or alcohol problem. Keep in mind these self-assessments are not designed to provide a diagnosis of alcohol or drug addiction, and should not be used as such. The goal of these self-tests are to determine whether you possibly have a substance use problem or addiction.

CAGE is a very brief questionnaire for detection of alcoholism. It is particularly popular with primary health givers. The AUDIT test was developed by the World Health Organization to accurately classifies 95% of people into either alcoholics or non-alcoholics.

Centre for Addiction and Mental health- Evaluate Your Drinking.
Evaluate Your Drinking- Find out how your drinking compares to other Canadians.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Alcohol Help Centre
An anonymous, interactive online facility where you can fill out a short questionnaire about the way you (or someone you know) uses alcohol, and receive instant feedback about how your input stands statistically in relation to the general population, plus some specific information about the answers you entered. Signing up is both free and anonymous, and gives you access to personalized exercises, tools and information.

Addictions and Recovery Web Site
This is a public service website meant to help you or a loved one overcome addiction. It is based on independent and verified medical research.

e-Physican Health
The University of Ottawa`s Faculty of Medicine has launched the world`s first comprehensive, online physician health and wellness resource today that helps physicians be resilient in their professional and personal lives. The website delivers honest, practical advice from Canada`s leading physician health experts. The site is divided into fourteen modules, each focusing on specific mental and physical health issues.

Alcoholics Anonymous Canada
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Narcotics Anonymous Canada
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs.

Alcohol and Health in Canada: A Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low-Risk Drinking
This document is intended for health professionals, policymakers, communication experts and members of the public who may wish to be informed about low-risk use of alcohol, whether for themselves or to advise others. The summary of evidence provided here and the proposed Canadian Guidelines for Low-Risk Drinking have both been developed by an independent expert working group with members drawn from Canadian addiction research agencies.

Canada`s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
Developed on behalf of the National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee. © Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse 2012.

Best Practices: Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation- Health Canada
This report was initiated by Health Canada in collaboration with the provinces and territories to provide current baseline information concerning substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation. The purpose of this report is to provide advice on “where we need to go” in substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation in Canada.