Posted August 9, 2018

Community Health

House of Friendship opens Cambridge Rapid Access Addiction Clinic

The Cambridge Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC), funded by the Waterloo - Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN), and offered in partnership with Stonehenge Therapeutic Community and the Waterloo Region Nurse Practitioner - Led Clinic , is one part of Ontario’s Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose.

The RAAC is a special ized medical clinic that provides quick and easy access to treatment for individuals who are experiencing health issues related to their drug and/or alcohol use. The clinic operates on a walk - in basis fo r first - time appointments, allowing for rapid access to medical assessment and treatment, counselling, and peer support. The RAAC is a short - term service with the goal of connecting patients back to their primary care provider for ongoing care.

“We are exc ited to be able to provide this needed service to the community of Cambridge,” said Pam McIntosh, Addiction Services Director at House of Friendship. “Individuals of all ages who are struggling with addiction will find support , in a caring, private setting that is easy to access, and learn more about additional treatment and supports that are available to them.”

The Cambridge RAAC is one of three Rapid Access Addiction Clinics in Waterloo - Wellington. The Guelph RAAC, at the Sanguen Heath Centre, opened a year ago, and the Kitchener - Waterloo RAAC, at the Grand River Hospital Withdrawal Managem ent Centre, has been in operation since March of this year. The Cambridge RAAC will open this Friday , Aug. 10 at the Waterloo Region Nurse Practitioner - Led Clinic at 1 3 Water St . North in Cambridge . This location provides care close to home for the residents of Cambridge and allows the program to begin operation one day per week while all potential longer - term location options for the clinic continue to be evaluated.

The clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner, counsellor, peer support worker and clinical lead, and will be open on Fridays from 9am to 3pm . The RAAC offers walk - in services for people of all ages who want support to address substance dependence, need help to reduce cravings, are using substances to avoid withdrawal symptoms, have health concerns related to substance u se , or need a place to talk about substance use without judgment. The RAAC does not provide diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, narcotic prescriptions outside of those intended for management of withdrawal symptoms, or long - term medical or addiction c ounselling services. is distributed twice weekly; Tuesday and Thursday

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