Located at 1025 Queen St West in Toronto, the NDC is part of INTREPID Lab (formerly Nicotine Dependence Service) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The clinic provides outpatient treatment to those who are able to visit the clinic (phone and video appointments are available during the COVID pandemic).
Our team works with you to develop a treatment plan, and offers evidence-based comprehensive treatment that may include counselling support and medication prescriptions. Read more below under Services.
Services at The NDC
Our team of therapists, nurse, and doctors at the NDC are ready to support you in your journey to quit smoking or vaping. The clinic also offers specialized treatment for pregnant women, individuals who are using or trying to quit other substances, or may have mental health or other health concerns.
1. Individual appointments
Different members of the clinic team will meet with you to address different aspects of your treatment journey.
Assessment by a therapist:
Our therapists will review the assessment you completed in advance of your appointment with you or your support person. This information will include your tobacco use history, current use, other substance use, medical and psychiatric illness and other relevant information. This will help the therapist develop a treatment plan together with you.
Treatment appointments with nurse or doctor:
Appointments with our nurse or doctors are part of the treatment plan for most patients. At your initial medical consultation you can discuss options for treatment with medication and at follow-up appointments, how you are responding to the treatment will be monitored and treatment will be adjusted accordingly. We prescribe quit smoking medications that include Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patches, gum, lozenge, inhaler and mouth spray; bupropion (Zyban/Wellbutrin); and varenicline (Champix)
There are voluntary research studies and other programs offered at the NDC. The benefits of joining such studies or programs is that you can get access to new treatment options or medication free of cost, and the information you provide will help researchers and program implementers improve future treatment options.
2. Group appointments
Counselling support is usually provided in group sessions. Typically these sessions are held in-person, but during the COVID pandemic sessions may be offered virtually (video meetings).
"Getting Started" Online workshop
All new patients attend an online, self-study module that provides an overview about NDC services and different medications that are available to help you quit tobacco use, and how to get started in developing a quit/change plan around tobacco cessation. Upon registration with our service, you will be provided access to this module.
6-week Skills Group
Learn about getting unstuck when it comes to quitting, developing a change plan, sticking to the change plan, and relapse prevention. Connect with our treatment team for further details on how to join this 6-week group.
Ongoing Support Group
This group offers support, tips to quitting, and help to prevent relapse for anyone at any stage in their journey to quit smoking. The support group is offered weekly and attendance is optional, but registration with our treatment team is required.
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