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Pathways Research

Helping People to Lower Health Risks from Alcohol and Cannabis Use

About Pathways

Pathways Research Ltd develops health education materials and tools to help people reduce their alcohol and cannabis use to lower risk levels. Our evidence-based workbooks have been shaped by consultations with healthcare and addiction professionals. The workbooks follow motivational interviewing steps and are designed to be used as part of brief intervention counseling sessions or by individual users on their own. Each workbook also includes a tool for self-screening and a summary of lower risk alcohol or cannabis use guidelines.

Pathways Research is led by David Brown (PhD) who has over 15 years of experience in implementation research, clinical trials and policy analysis on primary health care screening and brief interventions for risky drinking. David spent 9 years as an associate professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada before working as a research scientist at the University of Wisconsin, a policy analyst in Vancouver for the province of British Columbia, and as Director of Research and Evaluation for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.

Our cannabis and alcohol use reduction (brief intervention) workbooks have been designed with a professional graphic artist to feel welcoming and non-judgemental.. These compact, 34-page books are an invaluable resource in working towards education and implementation of healthy interaction with alcohol and cannabis for any organization "looking to promote health and wellness in their members..

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“Making change is difficult. If you are reading this, however, you have already begun to think differently about your drinking or that of a loved one. This workbook will help you reflect on various aspects of your drinking; consider what is important to you and what places you at risk; and make concrete steps to take better control of your health and your life.

Dr. Brown has developed an excellent tool to help people help themselves. It is well crafted, approachable, informative and practical. It respects the choices people make for themselves, and guides their exploration of the dynamic balance between personal values and actions. The workbook is directed very specifically towards alcohol use. It prompts reflection, provides accurate information, and helps people make healthier decisions for themselves. Try it. Share it with a family member or friend. It will stimulate thinking, conversation and, quite possibly, a change in one’s relationship with alcohol.“

Dr. P.R. Butt, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Assoc. Prof., Department of Family Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
“While the literature on alcohol use disorders has been done by and focused on working with addiction specialists, these workbooks have been with health professionals in primary care. Addiction specialists have produced some very specialized brief treatment materials (e.g,, Miller & Munoz) that have a lot to say and require a fairly deep dive to get the model. These workbooks have keyed on the need to provide brief reliable tools that work for both primary care health professionals and primary care patients. The focus is on ease to employ screening tools and easy to apply intervention tools with an action orientation that targets moving away from risky drinking in do-able ways, starting now, without have to arm wrestle or pathologiize the patient. It helps helper and patient take a ‘no-big-thing’ approach to making a shift in a behaviour that can make a big difference in wellbeing and functioning, especially if there are other health issues in play.”.

Wayne Skinner MSW
Retired Director of Counseling Services
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario
In a user-friendly way, these booklets support critical thinking on alcohol and cannabis, at a personally set, realistic pace. Supporting people to take up this space - to consider strengths, pressures, alternatives, choices, triggers and the future – is a winning way. It puts the power of change in the hands of those who need it: the users of alcohol and/or cannabis. I recommend these booklets to women who use substances, and to all the practitioners who work with these women, as a place to start in their collaborative conversations.

Nancy Poole, PhD
Director, Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health
Prevention Lead, CanFASD Research Network