Substance Use Awareness Week is almost here! 

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Have you pledged to take the Habit Change Challenge?! 

Take the Habit Change Challenge!

Due to the success of last year’s “Habit Change Challenge” we are continuing the contest for the 2015 campaign. The Challenge is an opportunity for you to reduce or eliminate a habit, create a healthier lifestyle, and gain understanding about substance use and people living with addictions.How it works:

1. Choose a habit that you want to reduce or eliminate that has negatively affected your health, finances and/or time (i.e. smoking, gambling, gaming). Or choose to develop a healthy habit that would benefit you (i.e. drinking more water, exercising each day).Choosing a habit to change may be difficult. There are usually things we like about our habits so the key is to really take the time to think about how it affects you. Ask yourself:

• Does this habit create more problems than benefits?

• Does this habit improve my life or take away from it?

2. Follow the steps on how to add, reduce or eliminate a habit.

3. Register anytime between now and May 24 to take the challenge at and take the pledge to be entered into a prize draw.

4. Then use #SryHabitChange to share your challenge progress on twitter and instagram from May 24-30, 2015.  For each progress update you will receive an extra entry into the prize draw.

Don’t forget to have fun! Challenge your parents, children, siblings, teachers, co-workers and teammates to see if they can add, reduce or eliminate a habit of their own.  All eligible registrants are automatically entered into a prize-winning draw.

More information about the challenge is available at

Support the week and find out about local resources by attending the following events!

 Thursday, May 21 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

  • Visit the Substance Use Awareness Team at Guildford Town Centre. Talk to experts in the field and register for the 2nd annual Surrey Habit Change Challenge.

Sunday, May 24 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

  • Stop by the White Rock Farmers Market located at Miramar Plaza 15154 Russell Avenue in White Rock to help kick off Substance Use Awareness Week. Learn about local resources and how you can participate in the habit change challenge.

 Thursday, May 28 | 3:00 – 6:00pm

  • Visit the Substance Use Awareness Team at Central City Mall and talk to experts in the field, learn about local resources and try your hand at the wheel of fortune!

Friday, May 29 | 12:00 – 3:00pm

  • SOURCES and the Substance Use Awareness Team will host a first responder workshop at Surrey City Hall highlighting Fraser Health’s Moments to Milestones: Engaging with People who use Substances video. The 35-minute video is an education resource for police, fire services, paramedics, emergency room staff and anyoneworking with people who use substances. It illustrates the remarkable, positive difference that can be made when people who use substance are approached in an attuned manner that fosters respect, compassion and inclusion.

Saturday, May 30 | 10:00am – 3:00pm

  • The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC will hold their Mamook Kuna Mokst at Newton Recreation Centre in support of the week. Mamook is a “Whole Body Approach to a Healthy Life Style” event that is free, fun and supportive. Open to all Surrey youths, adults and seniors to participate in a community potato dance, lunch, talking circle, drumming and storytelling. Drop in and find what you need to change your life. If your agency would like to have a table at the event please contact Karen Longmuir

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Plan your own Substance Use Awareness Week (SUAW) event!

A key component of Substance Use Awareness Week is for the community to gather together and plan their own SUAW events!  If you’re a part of a youth group, school group, organization, or want to make a positive change around the issue of substance use on your own, we encourage you to organize a SUAW event! The attached “Host your Own Event Tool Kit” provides you with event ideas and a step by step guide to help with planning.  The educational fact sheets can be shared at your event and with friends, family and coworkers. This year a web banner has also been created that you can post on your company or person website to help promote the week. The new materials for the 2015 campaign are attached and can also be found at

We encourage you to get involved! Visit the various SUAW events, plan your own Substance Use Awareness event and register for the Habit Change Challenge!  

Substance Use Awareness Week is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Alcohol and Drug Education Services, the B.C. Responsible and Problem Gambling Program, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Fraser Health Authority, Genesis Family Empowerment Society, Lookout Society, Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC, OPTIONS Community Services Society, Pacific Community Resources Society, Sources Community Resources Society, Surrey RCMP and the Surrey School District.  The purpose of the week is to create awareness and increase public knowledge about substance use, gambling and process addictions. It provides education designed to promote the safe use of legal substances, gambling and internet games.

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