More than half of the people who seek help for an addiction also have a mental illness. These concurrent disorders present some of the most complicated and difficult-to-treat cases for our healthcare system. The links between mental health and substance use are complex, and causality can vary or be unclear. For example, a young person might use...
Generating and mobilizing knowledge
The Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Our research is used to inform a broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives aimed at providing all people in BC and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not. READ MORE ABOUT CARBC
BC budget committee
CARBC promotes minimum alcohol pricing to protect health and safety, government revenues and Canadian industries. READ MORE
Improve drinkers' accuracy
New study: drinkers are better able to estimate how much they drink when containers indicate number of standard drinks. READ MORE
Healthy Families BC's online alcohol resource includes topics like kids and alcohol, risky drinking and alcohol and aging. READ MORE
Young adulthood can be a vulnerable time for young people. Young adults have the highest levels of alcohol use and related harms among all age groups. Mental health symptoms are also most likely to first present during late adolescence and early young adulthood. But what connection, if any, is there between mental health and substance use for this...
Sometimes we seek escape and solace from a pint of beer, a smoke, or even a bucket of Ben & Jerry's to help us deal with life's challenges. For some, it's a daily routine of self-management; for others, it's a battle between life and death. How we use substances is often linked to how we manage our mental health.
A central disorder?
The do’s and don’ts of pregnancy can be overwhelming at best. For an expectant parent who is using substances, the rhetoric is clear: just don't.