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Resources for professionals

Addiction organizations


Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine: National organization of medical professionals and scientists in the substance use disorders field that hosts a conference every year, including a "Fundamentals Day" for people who want to learn about addiction medicine.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse: Addresses issues related to substance use that affect the health and safety of Canadians.

Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral: A clinical guide developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse for family physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals. The site provides evidence-informed guidance and resources to support clinicians in helping patients manage their alcohol consumption.

United States

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Provides downloadable publications on various topics, including addiction science, medical consequences of substance use, trends and statistics and the link between drugs and HIV/AIDS.

Substance and Mental Health Services Administration: Department of Health and Human Services agency that leads public health efforts to advance behavioural health. Publications cover a range of addiction and mental health topics and most are available as free downloads.

American Society of Addiction Medicine: A professional association of clinicians and associated professionals in the addiction medicine field. ASAM aims to increase access to and the quality of addiction treatment, educate physicians and the public, support research and prevention, and promote the role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. The site offers clinical resources and information about alcohol use.


The Canadian Medical Association (Provincial and Territorial Forms page) website includes links to reporting forms. Use these forms to report patients suspected of driving while impaired.

Handbooks and guides

The following publications are produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Links are to the CAMH Publications catalogue, which provides more information:

Fundamentals of Addiction: A Practical Guide for Counsellors: A comprehensive guide that covers a range of counselling issues and provides practical guidance for meeting the needs of a diverse client population.

Substance Use, Concurrent Disorders and Gambling Problems in Ontario: A Guide for Helping Professionals: A valuable resource for health and social service providers who are not specialists in addiction or mental health issues, but who would like to talk about these issues with clients.