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) Clinic

What is a RAAM clinic?

RAAM clinics are drop-in clinics for people looking to get help with problematic substance use. The people working at these clinics know how difficult it is to ask for help. You don't need an appointment to go to the clinic – just show up during clinic hours with your Manitoba Health card.

Substance use is common among Canadians. But when your substance use leads to a hospital visit, it's a sign that it is causing problems in your life.

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 is safe and effective.

What happens when I go to a RAAM clinic?

The clinic team will ask you about your history of substance use:

  • 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 not there to judge you. The point of these questions is not to make you feel guilty or defensive, but to get a complete picture of you in order to determine how to help you.

Substance use conditions are treatable.

The RAAM clinic team then recommends what treatment will likely work best for you. There are four options:

  1. Advice
    Many people who have to go to the hospital for a substance-related problem are injured as a result of using too much. In these cases, the RAAM clinic team will provide you with advice on how to make choices that will minimize the risks of substance use, such as tips on how to pace your use and situations to avoid.

  2. Counselling
    The RAAM clinic team may refer you to counselling as part of your treatment. Counselling programs can include education on substances and healthy lifestyle choice, group and individual therapy sessions, help with developing coping skills, cognitive behavioural therapy, and peer 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 the withdrawal symptoms that may accompany your early days of sobriety. Medication usually makes other types of treatment much more effective and reduces the risk of relapse. These medications are safe, effective, and non-addictive. The team will discuss your options with you.

  4. Support
    If you're feeling anxious or hesitant about going to the RAAM clinic, consider bringing a supportive person with you. Changing your substance use can be very difficult, and having someone with you while you speak to the team may make you feel less overwhelmed and less alone.

Where can I find a RAAM clinic?

For more information about RAAM clinic locations and hours, call the Manitoba Addictions Helpline at 1-855-662-6605 or go to mbaddictionhelp.ca/services/rapid-access-to-addictions-medicine-raam/.

 

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