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PGY I Guide: 12-step Self-Help Group Experience

Attendance to at least 1 open session of Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous is expected. As many patients attend these types of groups for support and treatment, it is essential to be familiar with it. You will find most addiction psychiatry treatment work within the Harm Reduction model (i.e. working to help reduce harm from maladaptive behaviours rather than force someone to try to stop it completely!).

This is to be arranged individually and at the preference of each resident. No more than 2 residents at a time are suggested.

There is one Open Narcotics Anonymous Meeting that runs weekly at the Russell Street Site of CAMH at 7:30 PM. Please discuss with Dr. Ballon if you require help in setting this up.

To find other groups in Toronto, you can log onto the following sites and ask for open groups in your area:

Narcotics Anonymous: http://www.torontona.org/

Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.aatoronto.org/

Cocaine Anonymous: http://www.soberrecovery.com/links/cocaineanonymous.html

Gambling Anonymous: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/mtgdirCAN.html


It is recommended that after attending, you use your reflection journal to record your impressions and personal experiences of the session. This can be discussed further during the reflection meeting time with Dr. Ballon.

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