Webinar: A virtual tool to help treat substance use disorders

Introducing Breaking Free Online: A virtual tool to help treat substance use disorders

At least 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a problem with substance use over their lifetime. Timely access to substance use treatment in Ontario is limited, resulting in a variety of socio-economic and health problems. As part of the response to COVID-19, the Ontario government is investing in virtual mental health and addictions services to help make care more accessible.

On behalf of Ontario Health and the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence you are invited to join a webinar on Breaking Free Online, a virtual care tool for those experiencing substance use disorder (SUD), that will be free for all Ontarians starting April 23, 2021. During this session you will learn how to add Breaking Free to your clinical toolkit to support clients.

Date: Friday April 16, 2021

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. EST

Register now.

The webinar will be available in English with simultaneous translation in French. For questions or further information, please contact oh-otn_pmo [at] ontariohealth [dot] ca.


  • Provincial priorities: Substance use disorder (Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence, Ontario Health)
  • An overview of the provincial project (Steve Mathew, Ontario Health and Adrienne Spafford, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario)
  • Live demonstration of the tool (Breaking Free Online team)
  • Testimonials from health care providers (Karen Waddell, House of Sophrosyne; Patrick Kolowicz, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare; Dr. Brian Rush and Sara Sousa, Homewood Research Institute; Gord Garner, Community Addictions Peer Support Association)
  • Questions and Answers

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