Patients presenting to any health care setting – withdrawal management services (WMS), hospital, psychiatry, primary care provider – with a condition related to substance use receive highly effective, evidence-based treatment
On discharge, patients are referred to a rapid access addiction medicine (RAAM) clinic, which they can attend without a booked appointment or formal referral note
At the RAAM clinic, an addiction specialist immediately provides brief counselling, prescribes appropriate addiction medications (such as buprenorphine, naltrexone, or acamprosate), and connects patients to community treatment programs
Once patients are stabilized, they are referred back to primary care for long-term follow-up
The RAAM clinician provides ongoing support by being available to primary care providers for re-assessments, consultations, and advice about addiction management
Patients move throughout the care pathway as needed, with communication between providers in the different settings
A guide to rapid access addiction medicine (RAAM) clinics
A FAQ for care providers about starting and working in a RAAM clinic (version date: 10 June 2019).