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Telemedicine pilot improves withdrawal management care
Telemedicine pilot improves withdrawal management care

Pat Larson, Nurse Practitioner, performing a telemedicine consult. Photo credit: Kevin Holm. Since the late 1990s, the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) has offered two-way videoconferencing to increase access to patient care and education for health care professionals and patients. However, ...


How mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse
How mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse

Doug McCaslin, an attendee of the Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention program at St. Joseph's Health Centre. Two years ago, Doug McCaslin was leading a double life. The 65-year-old was splitting his time between his home in Toronto and a job ...


Toronto researchers develop world’s first app to help treat alcohol withdrawal
Toronto researchers develop world’s first app to help
treat alcohol withdrawal

Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag, worked with a team of researchers from U of T to create an app that will help clinicians more efficiently measure and treat alcohol withdrawal. Conditions related to the consumption of alcohol, such as alcohol withdrawal, are ...


Addiction treatments reach those who need it most
Addiction treatments reach those who need it most

From left: Leslie Ann Molnar, Social Worker/Mental Health Therapist, Dr. Meldon Kahan; Dr. Valerie Taylor; Dr. Inbal Gafni; Dr. Sheryl Spithoff. For Dr. Meldon Kahan, medical director of the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital (WCH), the traditional model ...

Posted: October 17, 2014|Addictions and Drugs, Patient Care|0 comments

The Take Home Naloxone program saves lives
The Take Home Naloxone program saves lives

Royal Inland Hospital physician, Dr. Ian Mitchell, and nurse, Kirstin McLaughlin, show the Take Home Naloxone kits being distributed at the hospital’s ER. British Columbia’s pilot Take Home Naloxone (THN) program has reversed 125 opioid drug overdoses since the program ...


A new way to help clients with depression and alcohol use
A new way to help clients with depression and alcohol use

James* has been through periods of depression on and off for many years. He’d sought help through a number of agencies, including CAMH. In addition, James struggles with alcohol use as well as opiate substances. He was willing and ready ...

Posted: October 12, 2014|Addictions and Drugs, Mental Health|1 comment

Developing mental health services for children and teens a priority
Developing mental health services for children and teens
a priority

Tyler* Tyler lived in a dream world. It was a place filled with terror, suspicion, paranoia and voices. The voices told him of the conspiracy only he was to know about and his super powers protected him from danger. He had the ...


Breaking down barriers to mental healthcare
Breaking down barriers to mental healthcare

An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will receive treatment. An estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness—yet less than 20 per cent will ...


An opioid crisis?
An opioid crisis?

One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose The misuse and abuse of opioids -- strong painkillers such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone ...


Not just a diploma: CAMH students R.E.A.C.H. for the top
Not just a diploma: CAMH students R.E.A.C.H. for the top

R.E.A.C.H. program students Noah Marks, Aidan Crump, Shannie Hansa and Chelsea Leger-Watt. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a really long time.” Eighteen-year-old Chelsea Leger-Watt says these words just after her high school graduation. She smiles a lot the day ...

Posted: August 9, 2014|Addictions and Drugs, Featured|0 comments

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