The Western Canada Addiction Forum serves as an educational opportunity for those working in, or planning to work in, the addictions field.
The forum is open to physicians and allied health professionals, including pharmacists, nurses and addiction counsellors, interested in expanding their knowledge of addiction and its related issues.
To raise the standard of care through the intellectual and professional pursuit of knowledge and its dissemination to colleagues, patients, and the public at large on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and the process of recovery.
To raise the standard of patient care by improving the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of individuals with substance use disorders and their families through an integrated system of treatment and recovery, encompassing all those who treat them, including clinic staff, counsellors, social workers, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, administrators, and others.
Recovery is achievable for all those that desire it with appropriate support and resources
Of the whole person in recovery, not just the substance use
Of patients and their families with respect, dignity, compassion, and fairness
Of colleagues with respect, dignity, and fairness.
It is our responsibility to educate patients, their families, our non-addiction medicine colleagues, and the public on matters related to substance use and the comorbidities that occur with it, as well as recovery and how best to achieve it.
We recognize and empower our colleagues to embody the importance and value of teamwork.