A collaboration with Addictions Medicine and Addictions Psychiatry
“Addiction” refers to a pattern of behaviour or substance use that is characterized by the “4Cs:
Substance Use Disorder, the current terminology, is a chronic condition in which repeated drug or alcohol use causes changes in brain circuitry which lead to biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations (American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2011)
Our service takes a holistic approach to the assessment and ongoing management of all substance use disorders, including alcohol, opioids, cocaine, tobacco and cannabis.
This program offers an integrated approach for patients who have problematic use of alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, cannabis or other drugs, including:
Our clinic accepts self-referrals as well as referrals from family physicians and specialists. We will make every effort to accommodate urgent appointments. You will be notified of an appointment date and time by a member of our administrative staff.
What to Expect
We would ask that you plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before your first scheduled appointment in order to complete your registration. You may be asked to complete a self-report form regarding your general health and substance use/treatment history. You may also be asked for a urine sample.
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify our clinic secretary at 416-323-7559 x7 to cancel and/or reschedule your appointment.
Our team consists of nine addictions physicians, a social worker/psychotherapist, and an addictions Advance Practice nurse.
Our Substance Use Clinic operates Monday through Thursday, between 9 a.m and 4 p.m. We accept patients by self-referral as well as referral from their physician.
An initial consultation is followed by treatment planning and follow-up, including medication, counselling, referral to community programs, and ongoing support to the patient's primary care physician.
The Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic (RAAM) is a clinic where patients who are in urgent need of an assessment can be seen without a booked appointment and without a physician referral. Clients will be assessed by our Addictions Nurse, Irene Njoroge and directed to an Addictions Physician immediately for assistance with stabilization.
For more information about the RAAM clinic and META:PHI, visit:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10:00AM-12:00 PM
Walk-in (no appointment necessary) but please arrive before 11:30 for registration.
These guides should be given to patients that have been diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder or an opioid use disorder. They provide information about the causes of addiction, outline treatment options, and offer some suggestions for dealing with cravings in early recovery.
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Substance Abuse Service/Addictions Medicine
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2
Phone: 416-323- 7559 x7
Hours of Service
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.