Addiction

M•RAAM Pilot Has Ended

Please be advised that Addiction Services for York Region’s Mobile Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (M•RAAM) pilot program has ended. We were pleased to have served individuals throughout York Region during our pilot. As we consider the results of the M•RAAM service pilot, we will be speaking with our stakeholders to…

Addiction Services Now Easier to Access for South Simcoe Residents

Rapid-access addiction medicine clinic open every Friday morning in Alliston A new clinic in the community is removing the barriers people often face when it comes to seeking treatment for substance abuse. “The stigma around addictions makes it hard for people to be able to admit to friends or family…

Sleep Issues in Opioid Recovery

Sleep issues are a common problem in Opioid recovery. While sleep medications often help in the short term, they usually end up making the problem worse in the long-term. Here is a list of non-medication techniques to help you improve your sleep: Take care of your body: Do not drink…

Take Care of Yourself During the Holiday Season

Be sure to recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose. Someone may have overdosed if they: Are not able to wake up Are breathing slowly or not at all Have blue or grey lips or nails Have tiny pupils or their eyes are rolled back Have a limp body…

Health Canada Wants to Hear What You Have to Say About Substance Use

Consultation on strengthening Canada’s approach to substance use issues The purpose of this consultation is to ask Canadians for new and innovative ideas on how to further strengthen the federal government’s health-focussed approach to substance use issues through the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS). How to participate Use the online…

Why is Age of First Use of Alcohol so Critically Important?

Kids who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that 47% of those who began drinking before age 15…

Marijuana, Yes it’s Legal – What You Need to Know!

The Cannabis Act is now law and came into force on October 17th, 2018. The only legal way to purchase marijuana is through the Ontario Cannabis Store. Important Points The Act controls and regulates how cannabis is grown, distributed and sold. Canadians are able to purchase fresh or dried cannabis,…

What is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol is a “depressant” drug. That means it slows down the parts of your brain that affect your thinking and behaviour, as well as your breathing and heart rate. When alcohol is consumed regularly, it is possible to develop a physical dependence. Physical dependence involves tolerance to alcohol’s effects, and…

Youth and Prescription Painkillers

What Parents Need to Know … Prescription opioids, sometimes called prescription painkillers, are now one of the most commonly misused substances among Ontario youth. When used appropriately, they can be very effective in treating severe pain. But opioids can also produce a state of euphoria, making them prone to misuse….

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Many of the problems associated with early sobriety do not stem directly from drugs and alcohol. Instead, they are associated with physical and psychological changes that occur after the chemicals have left the body. When a person uses, their brains actually undergo a physical change to cope with the presence…