Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Treatment services and supports can help people experiencing harms from substance use or addiction. Services can include early identification and intervention, harm reduction approaches and relapse prevention. Services can also include peer support, specialized treatment, continuing care and more. Some services are available through public health care while others require private funding, and some are regulated according to standards while others are not.

Understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment option is essential to providing the best possible care. By matching people with services that fit their needs, they can have a better chance of recovery. In addition, services and supports should be flexible and tailored to the needs of the individual, to accommodate all people. They should also be acceptable, accessible, available and affordable.

For these reasons, CCSA brings together knowledge and provides targeted materials to support quality treatment services in Canada. We promote the message that recovery is positive and achievable.

Featured Resource

Dr. Kathryn Dong of the Royal Alexandra Hospital talks about Edmonton’s Inner City Health and Wellness Program, which is helping people who use substances to access timely and equitable health care.

Dr. Peter Selby, Director of Medical Education, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, discusses the importance of compassion in treating addiction.

Elaine Hyshka, PHD, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, and Barry Andres, Executive Director of Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services, discuss the importance of humanizing addictions treatment and recovery.

A collaborative approach to addressing mental health and substance use needs is discussed by Zachary Patterson, Knowledge Broker, and Todd Leader, Registered Psychologist and Social Worker. This short video explores a systems-level shift towards a client centered model of care for those living with substance use and mental health issues.

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