Substance Use Problems: How to Help Your Teen
British Columbia Specific Information
Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines provides suggestions for minimizing the risks associated with drinking alcohol. The guidelines recommend no more than 2 drinks a day, 10 per week for women, and 3 drinks a day, 15 per week for men.
Individual, family, and small group counselling is available to people of all ages who are directly or indirectly affected by alcohol and other drug use by calling the 24-hour BC Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service in the Lower Mainland at 604-660-9382 or toll-free anywhere in BC at 1-800-663-1441. You may also search HealthLinkBC's FIND Services and Resources Directory or contact your local health authority for mental health and substance use support in your area. For information about mental health and substance use, visit HeretoHelp.
If you want to stop smoking or using other tobacco products, the B.C. Smoking Cessation Program can help. The program assists B.C. residents with the cost of 2 nicotine replacement therapies (NRT): Thrive® nicotine chewing gum and Habitrol® nicotine patches. The program also covers 2 types of prescription smoking cessation drugs: bupropion (Zyban®) and varenicline (Champix®). To order NRT products, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. For information about quitting smoking, see Quit Smoking, HealthLinkBC File #30c Quitting Smoking or visit Quit Now.