November 18-22 is National Addictions
Awareness Week, (NAAW), a week designed to highlight issues and
solutions to help address alcohol- and drug-related harm.
As CAMH’s Chief of Addictions reminds us,
“Addiction is an equal opportunity disease. It can affect the educated,
the uneducated, the rich as well as the poor. What is certain is that it
destroys families and society if left untreated.”
CAMH treats thousands of Ontarians for
addictions each year. We also conduct research and provide education,
health promotion and public policy recommendations on addictions issues
locally, nationally and internationally.
Here is what CAMH has planned for the week:
Monday November 18
CAMH launches the Alcohol Research and Treatment Clinic (ARTC)
Led by Dr. Bernard Le Foll, ARTC brings together an inter-professional team of physicians, nurses and specialized therapists to improve access to pharmacotherapy for the treatment of alcohol dependence.
Tuesday November 19
This new handbook provides clinicians with the latest approaches to addiction treatment.
CAMHTV: Natural High (PSA)
CAMH is teaming up with the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) and the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council to address the harmful use of prescription opioids among First Nation youth.
Thursday November 21
CAMHTV: Release of new video highlighting CAMH’s international research on alcohol as a WHO Collaborating Centre.
In a recent article published by the Globe and Mail, Dr. Peter Selby, Chief of Addictions at CAMH, talks about addiction, and how it can’t be treated with willpower and denial.