You & Substance Use: Stuff to Think About

This toolkit was published by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly Centre for Addictions Research of BC).


Substance use is part of the human experience.

...That is, people around the world have been using tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs for various “human reasons” for thousands of years.

Like all things involving humans, substance use is complex (not just “good” or “bad”) and has the potential to both help and harm. What’s more, the effects of using substances are not uniform but unique to each individual.

Ever wonder about your unique relationship with substances? Ever question your attitudes and actions related to substances? If so, read on. This booklet was developed to help you better understand your relationship with the substances you use.


Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. (2011). You & Substance Use: Stuff to Think About ... and Ways to Make Changes. Vancouver, BC: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

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