Our service provides assessments and ongoing management for all substance use disorders, including alcohol, opioids, cocaine, tobacco and cannabis. We provide pharmacotherapy for addictions to opioids, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other drugs.
Our medical staff consists of three addictions physicians and a social worker/ psychotherapist:
For opioid dependence, Dr. Meldon Kahan and Dr. Sheryl Spithoff provide opioid maintenance therapy with buprenorphine and methadone. As well, we are happy to see patients with chronic pain and assess for an opioid use disorder. However we do not see patients on an ongoing basis for the purpose of prescribing opioids if they do not have an opioid use disorder. Dr. Meldon Kahan and Dr. Sheryl Spithoff also offer day detoxification for alcohol addictions and are able to make recommendations for inpatient facilities if needed.
For patients who are suitable, Dr. Inbal Gafni and Leslie Molnar provide short-term, time-limited evidence-based psychotherapy for substance use disorders (e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, structured relapse prevention, Seeking Safety), typically for 8 - 16 sessions. Dr. Gafni only sees patients with a referral from their family doctor.
Medical Grand Round | October 15, 2014
Dr. Meldon Kahan discusses the potential impact of abuse deterrent opioid formulations on rates of addiction and overdose, as well as their darker side.discusses the potential impact of abuse deterrent opioid formulations on rates of addiction and overdose, as well as their darker side.
October 30, 2013
Presented by Drs. Meldon Kahan, Maya Nader and Anita Srivanstava
September 2, 2014
Presented by Dr. Meldon Kahan, Medical Director, Substance Use Service at Women's College Hospital
October 1, 2014
Presented by Dr. Wiplove Lamba at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 3, 2014
Presented by Dr. Jesleen Rana, CCFP & Lindsay Williams, M.S.W., R.S.W. at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
January 7, 2015
Presented by Dr. Vera Tarman at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Substance Use Service/
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2
Phone: 416-323-7559 ext. 7
The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.
Both self-referrals and physician referrals are accepted.
If your situation is urgent, please go to the emergency department.