Jay is a chemical engineer, world traveller, and loving son. When his mother died, Jay started using substances to cope with his grief and the loss. When Jay is stigmatized for substance use, he feels small, making him less likely to seek help and much-needed connection. He wants to be treated like the adult he is. As he says, “It’s like you’re nothing.”
“People need to start treating people like people instead of looking at them like what they think they are.” – Jay
70% of Canadians use drugs or alcohol to cope with a variety of challenges.