Information for Affected Youth
In addition to providing prevention services directed at youth and clinical services for youth who are involved with drugs, IMPACT also provides services to youth in the Abbotsford and Mission communities who feel they are being negatively affected by the drug use of other people in their lives, whether that be family members or friends.
When people have problems related to their drug use, those problems are not often confined solely to the person who is taking the drugs. These problems affect everyone who cares for or depends upon the drug user. These problems can affect safety, security, housing, food, physical health and, perhaps most importantly, mental health.
Often an affected youth may not understand why and how the people in their lives became addicted and how that addiction may continue or progress. They may therefore put great pressures on themselves to help, protect and even cure their addicted family members or friends.
Some youth may even think that they are causing the addicts in their lives to use drugs. This belief can sometimes be reinforced when addicts, trying to understand or justify their addictions themselves, blame or place responsibility for their drug use on the people around them. This is a huge, even impossible, burden for anyone to carry – let alone a youth.
Often affected youth can benefit from support as much or even more than the people who are using drugs around them. And, by seeking help for themselves, they can support the drug using people in their lives by showing them the benefits that can come from seeking qualified outside help.