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Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine RAAM

 

What is a RAAM clinic and who is it for?

RAAM clinics are walk-in clinics for adults (ages 18+) looking to get help with high-risk substance use and addiction. This includes people who want to try medical assistance to reduce or stop their substance use. They may experience frequent intoxication or overdose symptoms, as well as unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when attempting to reduce or stop their substance use. RAAM clinics are also for people who may have substance-related health issues, such as hepatitis, pancreatitis and infections. No referral is needed.

RAAM clinics are not for people needing urgent medical attention for serious physical problems or mental health symptoms such as psychosis (paranoia, delusions, hallucinations), agitation; who are at active risk of harm to self or others, or who require police/security involvement.

It can be very difficult to accept that your substance use is problematic, and it’s normal to feel ashamed, frightened, or angry. But the good news is that medical treatment for problematic substance use and addiction is safe and effective. People can and do recover from addiction.

You don’t need an appointment, just show up during clinic hours. If you have a Manitoba Health card or Manitoba Health number, please bring this along.

What happens when I go to a RAAM clinic?

If you’re feeling anxious or hesitant about going to the RAAM clinic, consider bringing a supportive person with you. This may make you feel less overwhelmed and less alone.

The clinic team will complete a health history including questions about your substance use such as: 

  • when and how you started using
  • how much and how frequently you use
  • how it may impact your life and responsibilities

The clinic team is there to help you. These questions are to get a complete picture of you in order to determine how to best help you. 

 

Substance use conditions are treatable.

Once the health history is complete, the RAAM clinic team will make treatment recommendations. There are four options:

Education

The RAAM clinic team will provide you with information on how to make choices that will lower the risks of substance use, such as tips on how to pace your use as well as situations to avoid.

Counselling

The RAAM clinic team provides brief counseling or may refer you to counselling programs as part of your treatment. Counselling programs can include education on substances and healthy lifestyle choices, group and individual counselling sessions, help with developing coping skills, and connections to support groups. The team will work with you to determine what form of counselling would be most helpful for you.

Medications

Addiction to some substances, such as alcohol or opioids, can be treated with a medication that will help to lessen cravings, as well as decrease the withdrawal symptoms that may accompany your early days of sobriety. Medication may make other types of treatment more effective and reduce the risk of relapse. These medications are safe and effective when prescribed by a RAAM physician. The team will discuss appropriate options with you.

Other Supports

There may be the need for more intensive services such as withdrawal management services (i.e. “detox”) or residential addiction treatment. The RAAM clinic team can arrange referrals to these services, among other specialized services.

 

Where can I find a RAAM clinic?

The posted clinic hours are for new walk-in patients seeking RAAM clinic services. In addition, the RAAM clinical team - physician, counsellor, nurse - provides follow-up to patients, coordinating medication management, making referrals to other services, supporting and consulting with other providers, and informing other service providers about RAAM clinic services.

 

Winnipeg
     
Brandon
 
  Crisis Reponse Centre       7th Street Health Access Centre 
  817 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg       #20 - 7th Street, Brandon
  Regular Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.        Current Hours:  Wednesday, October 24th 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
           Regular Hours (Beginning week of October 29th):  Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
       
Thompson
 
  River Point Centre       Eaglewood 
  146 Magnus Avenue, Winnipeg       90 Princeton Drive, Thompson 
  Regular Hours: Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.        Regular Hours:  Tuesdays, 9:30 to Noon and Thursdays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

 

To learn when other RAAM clinics open or for more information:

Manitoba Addictions Helpline 1-855-662-6605 or go to http://mbaddictionhelp.ca/services/rapid-access-to-addictions-medicine-raam/

For youth under 18 years old, please contact the Youth Addiction Centralized Intake service:

Call 1-877-710-3999 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, weekdays) or visit www.manitoba.ca/health/mh/addictions/youth.html

 

 

 

Regional Cancer Services

Regional Cancer Services

In the Prairie Mountain Health Region (PMH), there are several cancer programs offering cancer treatments and services. The Community Cancer Programs Network (CCPN) is a provincial program of CancerCare Manitoba that works in partnership with PMH. It enables patients living outside of Winnipeg to receive quality cancer care closer to home. The CCP’s and Brandon WMCC are outpatient units that provide chemotherapy treatments and follow-up care, and are located within or near the regional or community hospitals. In addition to chemotherapy treatments, the WMCC also provides radiation therapy services as well as radiation oncology expertise. Please see our WMCC webpage for more details.

For more information on chemotherapy and radiation therapy visit CancerCare Manitoba’s website here. https://www.cancercare.mb.ca/home/

All Community Cancer Programs have other available supports including Cancer Navigation services, Oncology Social Worker/Psychosocial Oncology Clinician and Registered Dietitians. To learn more about Navigation services click here.

Community Cancer Programs in Prairie Mountain Health:

For more information on the Community Cancer Programs Network click here.

Minneodsa Primary Care Centre Holds Open House

     The Dr. Ajai Khandelwal Primary Care Centre held its Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, September 20. Dr. Ajai Khandelwal had the honour of cutting the ribbon, and noted he had been practising for 44 years. And looks forward to practicing for many more.

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National Infection Control Week

National Infection Control Week is October 15 - 19, 2018.  Learn about the importance of your roll in infection prevention.

Parkland Resident Graciously Donates

     Pine River resident Tony Semeniuk provided a big boost to the Dauphin Hospital Foundation with a recent donation of $20,000. Mr. Semeniuk indicated he was very happy to help by donating to an organization that provides assistance to many health care projects and initiatives within the Parkland area.

     Dauphin Hospital Foundation Chairman Doug Deans indicated Mr. Semeniuk truly has a heart of gold and wanted to ensure that organizations like the Foundation can continue making a difference with various projects which assist the Hospital, Personal Care Home and Community Health Services.

     Later in the day, Semeniuk made another local donation, $10,000, to the Dauphin Multi-Purpose Seniors Centre.

     The Foundation truly thanks Mr. Semeniuk and his family for supporting such worthy endeavours within the area.

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Pictured Left to Right: Mr. Semeniuk, Foundation Chairman Doug Deans, and Dauphin Regional Health Centre Director Curt Gullett.

 

 

 

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