The pandemic is forcing us to find new ways to protect ourselves and adapt to the measures put in place by the government to limit the spread of the virus. However, for some people, these changes can be more challenging and have an impact on their use of psychoactive substances. In this context, there are a number of ways you can manage your emotions in a healthy and positive way:
- Confide in a loved one;
- Try new activities;
- Develop a routine at home, with breaks outdoors;
- Take the time to call loved ones to catch up with them;
- Write down your emotions, draw them, sing them;
- Plan a video meeting with friends, etc.
The page Protecting your well-being in the COVID-19 pandemic presents other ways to help improve your emotional and psychosocial well-being.
Drugs, which include alcohol and cannabis, change functions of the body and central nervous system. They can produce numerous psychological and physical effects on the person consuming them. Various problems are also linked to the consumption of alcohol and other drugs, including poisoning and dependence.
Gambling can also become problematic when it brings more trouble than pleasure. Winning on any gambling activity is purely by chance.
Advice for preventing problems related to consumption and gambling
Advice is available on things you can do to prevent problems related to consumption and gambling.
Specific advice on the consumption of alcohol and other drugs
Learn more about consumption and gambling
To learn more about the consumption of alcohol and other drugs, consult the following pages.
Consumption of alcohol and other drugs
Regulation of cannabis in Québec
Cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018. To learn more about the legislation on cannabis and health risks of cannabis use, visit encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca/en/ .
Help and resources
If you are concerned about your consumption and gambling habits or that of someone close to you, do not hesitate to call the various resources for help and information.
Alcochoix+ is a program that helps people who are concerned about the consequences of their drinking habits or want to change these habits. It is offered at CLSCs.
For more information, see Alcochoix+ page.
Drugs: Help and Referral
Drugs: Help and Referral is a telephone service that caters to people who are concerned about their consumption and the people around them. It offers information, referral and listening services. Drugs: Help and Referral is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its services are bilingual, confidential, anonymous and free.
Gambling: Help and Referral
Gambling: Help and Referral is a telephone service for people who are concerned about their gambling habits and the people around them. It offers information, referral and listening services. Gambling: Help and Referral is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its services are bilingual, confidential, anonymous and free.
Ligne Parents is a listening, referral and support service for parents of children between 0 and 20 years old. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Integrated Health and Social Services Centres (CISSS) and Integrated University Health and Social Services Centres (CIUSSS)
You can contact the CISSS or CIUSSS in your region to speak confidentially with a healthcare professional for free. The healthcare professional can evaluate your needs and guide you towards the appropriate resource.
To find contact information for your CISSS or your CIUSSS, go to Finding your CISSS or your CIUSSS .
Directory of addiction resources (available in French only – Répertoire des ressources en dépendances)
The Répertoire des ressources en dépendances features:
- Public resources offering addiction treatment services
- Community or private resources offering addiction lodging. These resources are certified or in the process of certification