Addiction Medicine Service (AMS)
Effective, adaptable addiction care
Homewood’s Addiction Medicine Service provides a range of services including specialty programs and streams tailored to particular patients and their needs. Focusing on drug and alcohol addiction, the program offers specialized tracks for healthcare professionals, for uniformed professionals and for those challenged by co-occurring psychiatric disorders. The Homewood AMS approach also integrates life-stage issues for young adults and older adults.
Canada’s leader in addiction care
Since Homewood opened its doors in 1883, recovery from addiction has been the core of our mission. The programs we offer for addicted individuals and their family members are part of a fully integrated system of care offering highly flexible programming tailored to individual needs.
Addiction Medicine Program Components
Addiction recovery includes a thorough assessment and stabilization period, intensive treatment, and relapse prevention.
Addiction-PTSD Recovery Program
The link between addiction and PTSD is undeniable. Homewood provides a comprehensive program devoted to these co-occurring illnesses.
Healthcare Professionals Program
Our program helps healthcare professionals in a respectful, peer-group setting facilitated by expert clinicians.
Our AMS serves the needs of current and former members of the Canadian Forces, police, and corrections services.
The AMS program is for individuals who:
- are 19 years of age or older;
- have an alcohol and/or drug addiction, including addiction to prescription medications;
- are mentally and physically able to participate in an intensive group-based treatment program;
- are able to relate socially with peers in a therapeutic context;
- are willing to co-operate with supervised random urine tests;
- if on methadone on admission, must be stable at 30 mg or less per day and be willing to discontinue; and
- have abstinence as a goal and are willing to participate in 12-Step meetings.
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The percentage of patients who felt they learned valuable skills from the program
The percentage of patients who would recommend Homewood to others
How to Get Help
To be admitted to the program, you require a referral from your doctor or other healthcare professional. We can help you with the patient referral and admissions process. Click below to learn more, or read on about additional Health Centre programs.
Homewood offers family members and friends of addicted individuals their own information and support.
AMS offers the annual Spiritual Renewal Service as part of our Alumni Support. We are exploring new ways to connect with and support our alumni.
Our aftercare and support ensure that patients maintain and build coping skills as they return to daily life.