Alcohol, Drugs and Gambling

Health and wellbeing are the shared responsibility of governments, communities, families and individuals. Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living provides funding and provincial policy direction in the area of problematic substance use and gambling.

The effects of drug and alcohol misuse and gambling can have far reaching impacts on individuals, families and communities. Below are some resources to help Manitobans and their loved ones if they are struggling. If you need emergency help, please contact 911. For treatment services and information, use the links below:

""Non-emergency and toll free addiction help lines:

For more information on drugs, alcohol and gambling, check out the following resources:


Youth Drug Stabilization Act - Information for Parents

In Manitoba, the Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act came into effect Nov. 1, 2006.Youth Drug Stabilization Act

The Youth Drug Stabilization (Support for Parents) Act provides a way to access involuntary detention and short-term stabilization for young Manitobans under 18 years of age. However, the act is intended as a last resort, when other measures have been unsuccessful and where a youth is causing serious self-harm through severe, persistent substance abuse.

The purpose of the stabilization period is to provide a safe, secure environment to engage the youth and develop a treatment plan that he or she will follow after discharge.

This fact sheet will help you determine if you should apply under the act for an apprehension order. It outlines what you need to do before you take this step and the steps that you need to follow if you feel that involuntary stabilization is the only option.


Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM)

What is a RAAM clinic and who is it for?

RAAM clinics are walk-in clinics for adults (ages 18+) looking to get help with high-risk substance use and addiction. This includes people who want to try medical assistance to reduce or stop their substance use. They may experience frequent intoxication or overdose symptoms, as well as unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when attempting to reduce or stop their substance use. RAAM clinics are also for people who may have substance-related health issues, such as hepatitis, pancreatitis and infections. No referral is needed.

RAAM clinics are not for people needing urgent medical attention for serious physical problems or mental health symptoms such as psychosis (paranoia, delusions, hallucinations), agitation; who are at active risk of harm to self or others, or who require police/security involvement.

It can be very difficult to accept that your substance use is problematic, and it's normal to feel ashamed, frightened, or angry. But the good news is that medical treatment for problematic substance use and addiction is safe and effective. People can and do recover from addiction.

You don't need an appointment, just show up during clinic hours. If you have a Manitoba Health card or Manitoba Health number, please bring this along.

What happens when I go to a RAAM clinic?

If you're feeling anxious or hesitant about going to the RAAM clinic, consider bringing a supportive person with you. This may make you feel less overwhelmed and less alone.

The clinic team will complete a health history including questions about your substance use such as:

  • when and how you started using
  • how much and how frequently you use
  • how it may impact your life and responsibilities

The clinic team is there to help you. These questions are to get a complete picture of you in order to determine how to best help you.

Substance use conditions are treatable.

Once the health history is complete, the RAAM clinic team will make treatment recommendations. There are four options:

  1. Education
    The RAAM clinic team will provide you with information on how to make choices that will lower the risks of substance use, such as tips on how to pace your use as well as situations to avoid.

  2. Counselling
    The RAAM clinic team provides brief counseling or may refer you to counselling programs as part of your treatment. Counselling programs can include education on substances and healthy lifestyle choices, group and individual counselling sessions, help with developing coping skills, and connections to support groups. The team will work with you to determine what form of counselling would be most helpful for you.

  3. Medications
    Addiction to some substances, such as alcohol or opioids, can be treated with a medication that will help to lessen cravings, as well as decrease the withdrawal symptoms that may accompany your early days of sobriety. Medication may make other types of treatment more effective and reduce the risk of relapse. These medications are safe and effective when prescribed by a RAAM physician. The team will discuss appropriate options with you.

  4. Other Supports
    There may be the need for more intensive services such as withdrawal management services (i.e. "detox") or residential addiction treatment. The RAAM clinic team can arrange referrals to these services, among other specialized services.
Where can I find a RAAM clinic?

To learn when other RAAM clinics open or for more information, call the Manitoba Addictions Helpline at 1-855-662-6605 or go to mbaddictionhelp.ca/services/rapid-access-to-addictions-medicine-raam/.

For youth under 18 years old, please contact the Youth Addiction Centralized Intake service. Call 1-877-710-3999 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, weekdays) or see Addictions Agencies Serving Youth (under 18) .

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
Mental Health and Addictions
300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg MB R3B 3M9
ph: (204) 786-7101