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National Addictions Awareness Week 2017

CAMH is joining organizations across Canada in observing National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), November 12 – 18, 2017.

NAAW week is led nationally by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and 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 Words Matter, how the use of stigmatizing language can perpetuate false and harmful myths around substance use and act as a barrier to recovery.

Throughout NAAW,  CAMH is sharing stories about the different ways we are working to meet the unique needs of people who have concurrent mental health  and substance use issues, the therapies used for alcohol use disorders, and how CAMH is coming together to help address the opioid crisis.

Concurrent disorders

The majority of people we treat at CAMH have a concurrent disorder, meaning a co-occuring addictions and mental health problem.
Orphanage in ThailandRecognizing the complexity of concurrent disorders: a first-person feature story about a close friend and CAMH client suffering from a concurrent disorder – anxiety and alcohol use shows the importance of awareness and treatment.

Helping Primary Care providers manage mental health conditions and addictions.

Alcohol use disorders

CAMH News: Brief interventions for alcohol and hypertension could save lives

Pregnant woman in bedCAMH News:  CAMH study shows global estimates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among children

Campbell Symposium
On Tuesday, November 14, the 2017 CAMH Campbell Family Mental Health Research Symposium explores the theme of “Alcohol, the Brain and Society: From Impact to Intervention.” Watch live presentations from internationally renowned researchers, including keynote speaker Dr. Nick Heather, 2017 Jellinek Award Winner for his outstanding contribution to the field of alcohol research.  See the full schedule of presentations, and follow the talks on @CAMHResearch. We’ll share symposium highlights later this week on this page.

The opioid crisis

The ongoing opioid crisis has captured considerable media attention of late, but the focus on opioids is not new. CAMH is leading a series of diverse initiatives focused on education, improving access to clinical services at the hospital and addiction services across the province.

PharmacistAs the opioid crisis continues to unfold in fast-moving and unexpected ways, CAMH is implementing a series of enhancements to its Opioid Overdose Prevention Strategy. 

“We know that this is absolutely a crisis,” says Stephanie Carter, Clinical Director of the Ambulatory Services Acute Care Program. “We want to make sure we are providing the most up-to-date information.”

Read more about our updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Strategy

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