Addictions and Drugs

Acupuncture turns addict into a believer
Acupuncture turns addict into a believer

Ed Dowdall was one of first patients at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre to be offered auricular acupuncture as an alternative therapy for addictions or mental health issues. Ed Dowdell can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on something. He started ...


Helping patients become tobacco-wise
Helping patients become tobacco-wise

As Cancer Care Ontario’s Tobacco-Wise Lead for Northern Ontario, Jeff Werner travels to First Nations and Métis communities throughout Northern Ontario, working with community leaders and health care providers to facilitate tobacco cessation programming. While cancer rates for non-Aboriginal people ...


A decade of the Common Drug Review
A decade of the Common Drug Review

Within the health care arena, how many examples of federal, provincial and territorial collaboration can you name?  How many have endured for over a decade?  One such example is The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) Common Drug ...

Posted: December 23, 2013|Addictions and Drugs, Evidence Matters|0 comments

The power of a picture: Enhancing the patient experience with photoVoice
The power of a picture: Enhancing the patient experience
with photoVoice

Athena participated in a photoVoice group, allowing her to communicate a message about the darkness she faced during her addiction. Many of you have heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. What if that picture meant even ...


New clinic provides rapid response for kids in crisis
New clinic provides rapid response for kids in crisis

The urgent consult clinic for children and adolescents at Hotel Dieu Hospital is supported by (l-r) Nicholas Axas, Social Worker; Dr. Nasreen Roberts, Psychiatrist; and Leanne Repetti, Registered Nurse. Parents and caregivers can hit the emergency button on a child’s ...


Connecting marginalized patients with the right level of care
Connecting marginalized patients with the right level
of care

Charlene Crews talks to Bill Hordij, St. Michael's Hospital patient, about community supports available through CATCH. When Charlene Crews comes to work at St. Michael’s Hospital she’s never entirely sure how her day will unfold. As one of three transitional ...


Unlocking the door to better housing for people with mental illness
Unlocking the door to better housing for people with
mental illness

A view of the kitchen in the newly renovated Moonlight Avenue residence. You wouldn’t know it driving down residential Moonlight Avenue, in Sudbury, Ontario, that there are people living in a group home setting with mental illness. This recovery housing ...


Outpatient treatment key to addiction recovery
Outpatient treatment key to addiction recovery

Since her early teens, Felicia* used alcohol to cope with her anxiety, depression and trauma from childhood abuse. At 28, the single mother was admitted to North York General (NYGH) after a suicide attempt involving prescription drugs and alcohol. As ...


Helping patients butt out gets results
Helping patients butt out gets results

It’s one of the hardest habits to break but with just a little help at the right time, patients about to undergo surgery can be successfully convinced to butt out, a research study at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London has ...

Posted: October 25, 2013|Addictions and Drugs, Patient Care|0 comments

Making the link between mind and body health
Making the link between mind and body health

The new hospital at the West 5th Campus of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton will bridge medical and mental healthcare to break down barriers, improve access and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. “The facts show that good mental health ...


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