Dryden Regional Health Centre announces a new addictions program.  

In a press release, the Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) announced on June 6, that they have added a new program and clinic to their service, a program that will provide resources and support to individuals with addiction concerns.  

The clinic will operate on Monday afternoons through the Dryden Area Family Health Team building located at 40 Goodall Street. 

The new clinic, named the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic, is a collaboration between the DRHC and St. Joseph’s Care Group in Thunder Bay.  

The RAAM Clinic will take a holistic approach to addiction treatment with support from nurse practitioners, mental health therapists, and physicians support via telemedicine technology.  

“The RAAM Clinic is available for anyone with addictions concerns, whether that be for alcohol, opiates, amphetamine, or other substances who are looking for medical support to gain control back in their lives,” says Marcel Penner, Director of Mental Health and Addictions Services at DRHC.  

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment. Clients can expect a respectful, confidential space to receive help without judgement.” 

“There is a need in the community to provide additional support to those with concerns about substance use, and the Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic is a great opportunity to help clients find a comprehensive care plan that will help them toward their goals,” says Doreen Armstrong-Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dryden Regional Health Centre.  

“We are proud to offer RAAM in addition to the existing roster of mental health and addictions programming available locally. This is an important addition of services for the community” 

St. Joseph’s Care Group is the planning lead for RAAM Clinics in Northwestern Ontario. “For anyone living with addiction, having timely access to the right support closer to home can make all the difference. That’s why we’re proud to partner across the region for the delivery of Rapid Access Addiction Medicine,” said Kelli O’Brien, President & Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Care Group.  

“For St. Joseph’s Care Group, it’s fantastic to be a part of a program that helps dedicated people to make a difference in the wellbeing of their community.” 

The RAAM Clinic will be available for anyone wishing to seek support for any substance abuse disorder. The clinic will connect people with the appropriate level of treatment based on their needs and when they are ready to seek assistance.  

Medical professionals can refer their patients to the clinic, however, self-referrals will also be accepted.  

If you or a loved one would like to seek the assistance of the RAAM Clinic, contact the Dryden Regional Mental Health and Addictions Services at (807) 223-6678