YOU control your life and the direction you choose to take
To meet your most basic physiological needs, people need air
to breathe, water, food, clothing, shelter and adequate sleep
just to survive (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs). Anything beyond
these core needs requires a personal choice and a decision by
you. You decide whether you choose to be active everyday, foster
strong family relationships, get a job, find and maintain good
friends, get your homework completed…etc
Every choice you make in your life takes you down the path to
your future. We encourage you to make positive choices to ensure
that you make it to that destination!
Choose To Use… Know The Risks
If you choose to use substances, you are putting yourself and
your future at risk. When you take in substances that alter the
perception of your reality, there is a point at which you loose
control over yourself and ultimately your future.
Negatives of substance misuse:
- Sexual assault
- Problems with school, job, family, etc.
- Damage to your property
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Impaired Driving (being caught/charged, injuring
yourself or others, etc.)
- Using a substance that may be laced with other dangerous
ingredients (another drug or chemical)
- Substance induced psychosis
- Developing a tolerance over time and becoming addicted
- Unintended pregnancy
Why teens turn to substances?
Feels good – Teens like the way they feel when under the
Stress – Teens feel stressed out with and use substances as a
way to take their minds off of their problems for an escape.
Learn how to deal with stress at
Pressure –Teens have a social need to fit in with a certain
group of people and often will misuse substances to fit in with
a group of friends.
Boredom – Teens believe they have little or nothing else to
fill there time with. Plan fun activities in advance to avoid
Mental Illness – Teens use substances to mask an underlying
Risky Choices – Teens often engage in risky behaviours
because their brains are not developed enough.
Educate yourself about substances
Wise choices must be made in order to keep you safer once you
have made the personal choice to misuse any substance whether it
is alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, marijuana, etc.
Knowledge is power, and we recommend that you arm yourself with
credible substance information about the risks associated with
Credible Substance Information Websites:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Alberta Health Services –