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Information for Professionals



Trousse d'outils sur la toxicomanie / The Addiction Toolkit

This toolkit was developed by CAMH and St. Joseph's Health Centre to fill a need for a practical reference resource on caring for patients with substance use problems in a primary care setting. Based on current clinical evidence and the extensive clinical experience of the editors, the toolkit provides brief answers to common clinical questions, as well as relevant clinical tools and patient resources. Development on the toolkit will continue over the next few years. 


Cross-Canada Report on Student Alcohol and Drug Use

This report of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse combines data from the various regularly
occurring provincial student alcohol and drug use surveys as well as data collected nationally by the Youth Smoking Survey.


Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Opioid Dependence:Clinical Practice Guideline

(English only)

This guideline provides clinical recommendations for the initiation, maintenance and discontinuation of buprenorphine/naloxone maintenance treatment in the ambulatory treatment of adults and adolescents with opioid dependence in Ontario. The guideline intends to contribute to education of practitioners regarding opioid prescribing, improved patient access to treatment for opioid dependence, and safe prescribing and dispensing of buprenorphine/naloxone.


Improving our Response to Older Adults with Substance Use, Mental Health and Gambling Problems

(English only)

This comprehensive guide will help readers to identify problems, to approach older people with these problems in a proactive and sensitive way, and to link older adults with services that can provide specialized care.



Responding to Older Adults with Substance Use, Mental Health and Gambling Challenges

This concise, easy-to-read booklet describes problems with alcohol, anxiety, dementia, depression, gambling and medications in older people, and identifies the signs of each problem.



Quebec links 


Many Quebec organizations work in the area of addictions. 


More information for professionals can be found in the Assessment & Treatment - Assessment Tools section of the website.



Harm Reduction

Serie 101 sur la santé mentale et toxicomanie : Réduction des méfaits

This CAMH module provides general information on harm reduction relating to the consumption of alcohol and other drugs.


Document d’information sur la réduction des méfaits et ses applications dans le contexte de la  toxicomanie à CAMH 2002 / CAMH and Harm Reduction: A Background Paper on Its Meaning and Application for Substance Use Issues, May 2002 

This background paper defines the concept of harm reduction and sets out its principles as they relate to the mandate and activities of CAMH. It provides illustrations of the practice of harm reduction in relation to other activities in treatment, prevention and enforcement, and identifies areas where research evidence is substantial and others where more research needs to be done. The paper focuses on the substantive areas of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs while recognizing the relevance of harm reduction to some aspects of concurrent disorders within mental health treatment.


Réduction des méfaits et utilisation des drogues injectables - Étude comparative internationale

This Public Health Agency of Canada study examines the socio-political context for harm reduction initiatives related to injection drug use and HIV/AIDS and HCV in Canada and five other countries


Réduction des méfaits : Exposé général

Overview prepared by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.


La Réduction des méfaits et les drogues actuellement illicites : Implications pour les politiques, la pratique, la formation et la recherche en soins infirmiers 

This Working document of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) deals specifically with harm reduction with the aim of reducing the health and societal consequences of using illicit substances.


Canadian Harm Reduction Network

(English only)

The goal of this network is to reduce the health, social, and economic harms related to drugs and drug policy.


Un centre de réduction des méfaits fait face au défi du renouvellement

An interesting article on Vancouver's Insite Centre  and on harm reduction practices. The article appears on the website of the Canadian Women's Health Network.




General Information for Use With Clients



Comprendre la dépendance

What is addiction; What are the signs and symptoms of an addiction; How are family members affected; Will treatment help; When is it necessary to get help; Where to get help.


Low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines

The National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee (NASAC) developed guidelines to help Canadians make informed choices about alcohol consumption and to encourage a culture of moderation.Click here for details.


Substances and their effects

Vous connaissez…

This series of pamphlets presents straightforward, easy-to-understand information about a variety of substances of abuse and their effects. 

Substances covered are: alcohol; alcohol, other drugs and driving; amphetamines; anabolic steroids; benzodiazepines; caffeine; cannabis; cocaine; ecstasy; GHB; hallucinogens; heroin; inhalants; ketamine; LSD; methadone; methamphetamine; opioids; rohypnol; tobacco



This series of stories in photographs represent the most common problems associated with drinking, problem gambling, depression, drugs and post-traumatic stress disorder.

L'alcool (PDF 1.73 MB)

La drogue (PDF 1.30 MB)

Le jeu de hasard et d’argent (PDF 1.16 MB)


“Parlons franchement” Series

Clear, straightforward documents that explain the following street drugs and their effects:

La méthadone de rue



Ways to deal with substance use

Évaluez votre consummation d’alcool

This brochure contains a simple test that allows people to find out how their drinking compares to that of other Canadians.  It also presents the choices they might want to make about their drinking based on that comparison.


Votre consommation d'alcool : Comment l'arrêter ou la modérer

This page highlights the differences between moderate vs. problem drinking. It also offers six steps to help moderate extreme drinking patterns.


Directives de consommation d’alcool à faible risque :  Réduire les risques, c’est protéger sa vie

This pamphlet examines the risks and benefits of drinking alcohol.


 Passez à l’action!  L’alcool, les autres drogues et votre famille

Ways that alcohol and other drug problems can be prevented, and strategies for dealing with an existing substance use problem in the family.


Vous recevez des amis?

Advice on what you are responsible for when hosting a party in your home. It also offers great advice for 10 ways to reduce risks related to alcohol consumption.


Information on getting treatment

Le traitement des problèmes d'usage d'alcool et de drogues en Ontario: Un guide pour les personnes qui recherchent de l'aide

This brochure can help clients make choices about treatment options in Ontario.  It answers some common question about services, such as cost, types and lengths of treatment, and services for people with special needs.


Traitement de maintien à la methadone: Renseignements à l’ intention des clients

Information on methadone maintenance treatment


Information for specific communities

L’usage d’alcool et d’autres drogues:  Matière à réflexion pour les communautés lesbienne, gaie, bisexuelle, transgenderiste, transsexuelle, bispirituelle, intersexuelle et queer

This pamphlet describes some of the issues that are specific to these communities and offers advice on getting help.


Ce que les enfants veulent savoir…

This series lists common questions children have about their parents struggling with addiction or mental health issues, as well as suggestions for how to answer their questions:

Ce que les enfants veulent savoir lorsqu’un de leurs parents boit trop d’alcool

Parlons alcool

This information sheet is intended for youth. It includes practical questions and information related to alcohol consumption and its adverse affects.

Quelle approche adopter envers les personnes âgées confrontées à des problèmes de toxicomanie, de santé mentale et de jeu

Helps workers and volunteers recognize and understand substance use, mental health and gambling problems in older adults. This concise, easy-to-read booklet describes problems with alcohol, anxiety, dementia, depression, gambling and medications in older people, and identifies the signs of each problem. Tips on talking with older adults with these problems are included, as are pointers on when to seek help.



Alcohol, Trauma and Impaired Driving

A report led by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, in partnership with CAMH, which grew out of MADD Canada’s ongoing public education and research projects.


Harm Reduction

Série 101 sur la santé mentale et la toxicomanie / Mental Health and Addiction 101: Harm Reduction

This tutorial provides basic information about harm reduction with regard to substance use.


Gambling and gambling activities

The newly redesigned web site of the CAMH Problem Gambling Project, www.problemgambling.ca, is now live. This bilingual site aims to strengthen its reach to professionals who come in contact with people experiencing problems. This Internet resource provides hundreds of pages of information, resources and bilingual, self-help tools for both clients and professionals on gambling and gambling activities.