Every year, CAMH joins organizations across Canada in observing National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), led nationally by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA). NAAW highlights issues and solutions to help address alcohol and other drug-related harm and provides an opportunity to educate the public about substance abuse prevention, talk about treatment and recovery and bring forward solutions for change.
This year’s theme is Addiction Matters.
Throughout NAAW, CAMH will be sharing stories about the different ways we are working to meet the unique needs of people with drug, alcohol, gambling, tech overuse or other addiction issues – with a special focus on our response to the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths and our work on the legalization and health-focused regulation of cannabis.
CAMH news: Dealing with Canada's opioid crisisCanada and the United States are the top consumers of opioids. We typically like to boast when Canada is declared a top player, but this is not one of those times. How do we deal with Canada's opioid crisis?
CAMH news: Canada needs national plan to combat opioid epidemicCanada must take a comprehensive approach to curb rampant prescribing of opioids and reduce
deaths, argues addictions expert Dr. Benedikt Fischer in an analysis in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
CAMH story: Making it work - CAMH releases opioid treatment guide for clients and families
Making the Choice, Making It Work, a new CAMH handbook for clients and families, answers many questions about opioid treatment options including methadone and buprenorphine.
Personal stories of addiction
CAMH opens Aboriginal Sweat Lodge for patients
This summer, CAMH became the first hospital in Canada to open an Aboriginal Sweat Lodge. Now, read how it's making a difference in one patient's life.
CAMH story: How Flo got her groove back
CAMH story: Treatment instead of jail
In a courtroom full of supporters and well-wishers, Alazar Abed celebrated his graduation from the Toronto Drug Treatment Court (TDTC) program. After several years in and out of jail, his struggle with addiction driving his behavior.
CAMH story: Strengthening Your Voice empowers lived experience speakers
The Strengthening Your Voice (SYV) training session prepares people who are dealing with problems with prescription opioid use to tell their stories publicly.
CAMH news: Reducing the harms of alcohol through weaker beer
Could a small drop in the alcohol content of beer or other drinks reduce the harmful effects of alcohol in society at large?
CAMH story: Finding clues to prevent alcohol problems
A CAMH study conducted in part by Dr. Jeffrey Wardell reveals how important responses to alcohol interact to influence a person's drinking behaviours.
CAMH story: PSSP works with primary care to help people say “when” to alcohol
The Saying When mobile application was developed by CAMH Education to help people take charge of how much and when they drink alcohol. The app, based on the work of Dr. Martha Sanchez-Craig, is now available on Android devices through funding from the Slaight Centre for Youth in Transition.
CAMH’s Addiction Medicine Service adds outpatient detox option
Clients are benefiting from a new Ambulatory Withdrawal Service (Day Detox) introduced by the Addiction Medicine Service at CAMH this summer.
CAMH story: Uncovering what makes or breaks an addiction
From the first time someone smokes a cigarette, what makes one person
likely to eventually become a chronic smoker and another not? And why is
quitting smoking harder for some people than for others?
CAMH story: Upcoming Kenora Casino: CAMH not leaving harm reduction to chance
CAMH’s Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) has been advocating for healthy public policy, providing deputations and prioritizing a public health in response to casino gambling expansion. When the decision was made to open a new casino in Northwestern Ontario, CAMH identified this area of gambling expansion as a concern.
CAMH story: OSDUHS turns 40
Hear from the CAMH experts who operate this one-of-a-kind survey