addiction is a chronic disease

Addiction is a Chronic Disease

OPIATES - Opiate addiction has been on the rise for years. Luckily, outside of Narcotics Anonymous, and other counseling approaches, there are also excellent medications to help you get your life back from this devastating disease. We offer methadone and buprenorphine replacement therapy, as well as having an addictions counselor on site and a Thrive worker present Tuesday mornings from 830-11 AM for drop in appointments. We also have a needle exchange and offer treatment on site for hepatitis C.

SMOKING - Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in Ontario. The biggest risk factor for lung cancer is smoking. If you're thinking about quitting, make an appointment with your doctor and check out the Smoker's Helpline for tips and tricks on a successful quit date. Besides nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) there are also a number of prescription medications that can help you quit - and can be used in conjunction with each other and/or NRT.

ALCOHOL - After tobacco,​​​ alcohol is the substance that causes the most harm in Canada. ​The over-consumption of alcohol can cause chronic health conditions (such as some cancers and cirrhosis of the liver), diseases, injury and death. You can reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than 10 drinks a week for women, and no more than 15 drinks a week for men.  There are good social and medical treatments to assist you, and a lot more options than there ever have been for treatment. Groups styled on Alcoholics Anonymous, such as Celebrate Recovery and Secular Organizations for Sobriety are further options for group meetings. 


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Opiate addiction is very common. These include percocet, oxycodone, hydromorphone, heroin, morphine and codeine (found in tylenol 1-4).

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Safe alcohol use is less than 15 drinks per week for men and 10 drinks per week for women (except during pregnancy where there is no safe limit of alcohol use). 

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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. 


These medications include valium, ativan, lorazepam and clonazepam, among others. They are addictive, and can be difficult to get off of.

Harm Reduction

Dr. Holowaty strongly supports harm reduction. We provide clean injection kits and encourage the knowledge of and use of naloxone kits. 

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These include gambling, internet use, and gaming addictions. If it is causing issues in the rest of your life, and yet you can't stop doing it, you may have moved into an addictive behaviour.