Author: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
People with lived and living experience of substance use and their families and friends (LLEAFF) are experts in the field of substance use. Partnership with them is key to ensuring that research is relevant and that services designed for people who use substances meet their needs.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction is pleased to present our Guidelines for Partnering with People with Lived and Living Experience of Substance Use and Their Families and Friends. This document provides guidance for working with people from LLEAFF groups that is based on evidence.
The guidelines will assist organizations and individuals in engaging in meaningful partnerships with people from LLEAFF groups. It includes guidelines on how to build and strengthen partnerships and create safe spaces to work collaboratively. Our goal is to increase meaningful engagement with people from LLEAFF groups to ensure the quality, relevance and impact of our work, while improving services and resources for people who use substances and those close to them.
We encourage you to share this resource with your networks, partners and communities, as well as to connect them with CCSA and its resources at ccsa.ca. We encourage everyone to work towards partnership and equitable engagement with people with lived and living experience of substance use and their families and friends.
If you have any questions about this resource or CCSA’s work with LLEAFF groups, please email CRykelyk-Huizen@ccsa.ca.