Division of Addiction Psychiatry

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Adult Programs & Services

The Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre offers services to individuals living with substance use disorders and mental illness or complex psychosocial consequences.

The program provides intervention and treatment, as well as consultation and support for referring physicians or facilities. Clients may also be self-referred. A multi-disciplinary team provides services at several locations to clients and their family members. Services include inpatient and outpatient programs as well as a 30-day residential program.

Youth Programs & Services

Some services for children and youth with addictions may be provided through the psychiatrists in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. However, most services are provided by community agencies such as the Addiction and Problem Gambling Services of Ottawa, David Smith Centre, Rideauwood, etc.

Message from Division Head Dr. Robert Milin

It has been an eventful year for the division as we build toward an ever more cohesive and integrated presence within the Department of Psychiatry. Our membership spans across all of the affiliated hospitals with a concentrated presence at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and includes senior clinical administrators, educators, researchers (both basic science and clinical), clinician teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists and family physicians. Several fit into more than one category.


In the past year, Dr. Milin and Dr. Fleury were involved in updating curriculum guidelines for psychiatry residents in substance abuse disorders and addiction. With a group of experts at the national level, they wrote the new Canadian Psychiatry Association position paper on residency training in addiction psychiatry. This 2-part paper should be published in the near future in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.


The division has also had another busy year in terms of research. Dr. Corace continued in her role of Director of Program Research, SUCD Program, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre to the Department of Psychiatry and to the division. Dr. Corace continues to add to her established clinical research profile. She holds a number of grants, including ones from the CIHR, UMRF, and the Ministry of Health. She has also published five articles in a number of journals on best clinical practices and vaccinations. Dr. A.G. Ahmed is also the recipient of a grant from the UMRF, and has published in the last year. Dr. Willows is also working with two grants from UMRF. Dr. Xia Zhang continues his ground-breaking research in basic science as well. In addition to publications on the effects of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids on the brain, Dr. Zhang studied the y-secretase complex, the activation of the D1 receptors, and the temporal and neural synchronization of spontaneous brain activity in anesthesia over the past year. He also holds over five grants from national and international institutions.

Awards / Recognitions / International Activities

I have continued in my role as the international member on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). This year I initiated the AAAP Regional Canadian Travel Award in order to encourage psychiatry residents to learn about and become involved in the field of Addiction Psychiatry and to attend the AAAP's Annual Meeting and Symposium. I was recognized this past year for my commitment to the Council on Addiction Psychiatry and service to the profession. I will be assuming the chairmanship of the AAAP next year.

Dr. Corace was awarded the Royal Ottawa Hospital's 12th Annual Inspiration Award: Young Researcher Category in addition to a Best Brains Exchange Travel Award from the CIHR to present “Achievement of Optimal Vaccine Coverage Rates in Canada: Identifying and Addressing the Problem of Vaccine Hesitancy.”

I wish to thank everyone for a great year, and I look forward to the next.

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