We know it’s hard to talk about your substance use, and how it may be causing problems in your life. There are medications available that treat opioid and alcohol use disorder. Our walk-in RAAM clinic team are here to help you reduce or stop your substance use. We will support you until you are stable and then connect you to longer term services.
The Alex’s Rapid Access Addictions Medicine (RAAM) services help fill gaps in the addictions treatment system by providing immediate access to evidence-based addiction care. Having RAAM as part of our Community Health Centre allows for fast, safe, effective treatment of addiction in a way that sets the individual up for success by providing medication-assisted recovery as well as psychosocial supports. The program is short-term, focusing on the early recovery period. People typically access the program for between three and six months before returning to their family doctor with a plan for ongoing support and treatment.
We know that when folks make the decision to address their addiction and mental health issues they need unbiased, stigma-free support and they need it immediately. The RAAM clinic at The Alex has filled a much-needed gap in the services we currently offer our community. The clinic staff includes two addictions counselors, a nurse, a medical office assistant, a peer support worker, a medical lead and a mix of addiction medicine specialists, primary care providers and nurse practitioners.