St. Paul’s Hospital Rapid Access Addiction Clinic celebrates two years of helping people with substance use problems
Submitted by Elaine Yong, Senior Communications Specialist, Communications & Public Affairs
Occasionally, St. Paul’s Hospital addiction specialist Dr. Mark McLean will run into someone he treated at the Rapid Access Addiction Clinic, a low-barrier outpatient service in the hospital that opened on this day two years ago.
The person will express thanks to him and the RAAC for helping get some stability back in their life in whatever form that may have taken – getting off drugs, getting treatment from the community or just having received treatment in a space where there’s no judgment, no stigma.
To Dr. McLean, that’s a sign that, on the RAAC’s second anniversary, the clinic and its physicians, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, peer navigators and others are doing something right.
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