Through a team of physicians, nurses,
pharmacists and therapists, the Addiction Medicine Service provides
pharmacotherapy for substance dependence to alcohol, opioid, nicotine and
benzodiazepines. Our services include:
- medical assessment
- maintenance therapies for opioid addiction (methadone and
- treatment of concomitant pain and addiction.
- outpatient alcohol withdrawal
- medications to prevent relapse to alcohol use (naltrexone,
- benzodiazepine tapering
- group therapy
- resource room (which provides food & housing support, employment
support and skills groups)
- urine drug testing
The service also provides education and
training for health professional students and practicing health professionals
interested in learning more about Addiction Medicine. All programs are located
at the Bell Gateway Building
at the Queen Street
Treatment for Opioid
and other Substance Dependence
Clients who are diagnosed with opioid
addiction are offered various treatment options including maintenance therapies
with methadone or buprenorphine in a structured treatment program.
Clients who are diagnosed as
benzodiazepine dependent are offered various treatment options including
benzodiazepine tapering in collaboration with their family doctor or
psychiatrist. Clients can develop and pursue an individualized treatment plan
including setting goals around the reduction or cessation of the use of opioids
or other drugs of concern in collaboration with their physician, therapist,
nurse and other members of the multi-disciplinary team. Clients with
concomitant pain & addiction are also treated in this program.
Treatment for Alcohol Dependence - Alcohol Research and Treatment Clinic (ARTC)
Clients who have a goal of abstinence from alcohol and require medical assistance to achieve this goal are offered comprehensive assessment performed by an inter-professional team that includes both a psychosocial and medical component. At the time of assessment, the MD recommends the most appropriate setting for withdrawal management and provides options for follow up care. This can include out-patient medical withdrawal management (Day Detox) along with individual counselling when appropriate. Clients in need of in-patient withdrawal management are referred to the Medical Withdrawal Services at CAMH. Additionally, we offer pharmacotherapy for relapse prevention, combined with professional therapeutic counselling. ARTC is currently using approved pharmacotherapies (disulfiram, naltrexone and acamprosate) and second lines therapies (baclofen and topiramate) for relapse prevention. Comprehensive and holistic treatment plans are customized for each client and include psychosocial support, case management and concurrent treatment for mood and/or anxiety disorders and nicotine dependence where appropriate.
We also work with clients with a goal of reduction of alcohol intake that would like to be assisted with medical approaches to reach this goal.
Referral Required: No.
Contact: (416) 535-8501, ext. 36019 to book an assessment or simply attend our Addiction Medicine Intake Group Mondays at 10am or Wednesdays at 1pm.
Located at: CAMH Bell Gateway Building (BGB) 100 Stokes Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4