Use of alcohol and other substances is not a rarity in medical professionals and it can be very harmful to the health and careers of both experienced and aspiring physicians. In order to avoid both short-term and long-term risks of alcohol, there are guidelines for defining acceptable use and recommendations for decreasing the likelihood of negative consequences. If you think you or someone you know might be struggling with alcohol, there are a number of screening tools available. Confidential services are also available through the Drugs and Alcohol Registry of Treatment and ConnexOntario, which offer support and connections to personal resources in London and Windsor.
Substance Use Resources:
- Learner Equity & Wellness Office – Connect you with resources or referrals to help with issues of substance use. Rm. K1 Kresge (London), Rm. 2124A MEB (Windsor): Learner Equity & Wellness
- Student Health Services – Health Services (London)
- Western University – Health & Wellness Alcohol and Drugs Resource provides information about drug and alcohol use. Check your Drinking Survey
- UWindsor provides resources at their website: Responsible Drinking
- Middlesex-London Health Unit – Reducing risks, Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines, Binge Drinking
- Addiction Services of Thames Valley – Personnel are able to provide screening, assessments and development of treatment plans for addiction. What is Substance Abuse?
- ConnexOntario Drug & Alcohol Helpline – Self-assessment tools for alcohol and substance abuse, frequently asked questions, information about services in your area, as well as confidential online chat, email and telephone support. Drug & Alcohol Helpline
- Drugs and Alcohol Registry of Treatment – Free anonymous service with information about resources in your community for yourself or others. Province wide information and referral service. DART
- ePhysicianHealth.com – Online resources with modules addressing many issues pertinent to medical students including substance use disorders. ePhysicianHealth