Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experience. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviours that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.
There are a number of medications that can help decrease damaging alcohol use. This video describes one person's experience with naltrexone.
In this type of treatment, the patient is prescribed a substitution medication such as methadone, slow release morphine or buprenorphine (tablets/film, sublocade or probuphine), so they can reduce harms of opioid use.
Opioid use disorders have been on the rise for years. Luckily, outside of counselling, there are also excellent medications to help you get your life back from this devastating disease. We offer methadone, buprenorphine tablets/film, slow release oral morphine treatment, Sublocade injections and insert Probuphine implants on site.
After tobacco, alcohol causes the most harm in Canada. The over-consumption of alcohol can cause some cancers, cirrhosis, heart disease, injury and death. Reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than 10 drinks a week (women) or no more than 15 drinks a week (men). There are many social and medical treatments to assist you.
You can get addicted to cannabis, and there is a withdrawal syndrome associated with it. There are some medications that can assist with quitting overuse of marijuana, but treatment is primarily behavioural.
These medications include valium, ativan, lorazepam and clonazepam, among others. They are addictive, and can be very difficult to get off of. The illicit fentanyl supply is also tainted with benzodiazepine like substances, like etizolam.
Dr. Holowaty and staff strongly support harm reduction. We provide a needle exchange on site, clean injection kits and safer inhalation supplies (pipes) and dispense and train on the use of naloxone kits.
Never use alone. If necessary, please use the National Overdose Prevention Line or the "be safe" app.
Hepatitis C is a virus that is spread by sharing of blood. This can easily occur with injection drug use and sharing pipes. Hepatitis C infects the liver and can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. We treat hepatitis C on site as well!