Mission and Mandate

Our Mission 

To provide specialized treatment (secondary and tertiary care) for the English-speaking population of the greater Montreal area and Quebec who are affected by substance use disorders and to provide consultation and referral for other MUHC services and community partners in health care.

As a McGill University Academic Program, to provide training and education to undergraduate neurosciences, medical, psychology, occupational therapy and social work students; as well as psychiatry and family medicine residents and research fellows. To conduct research in all areas of the addictions field.


Our Vision/Objectives

  1. Assisting people in the process of recovery.
  2. Providing inpatient medical detoxification on an “as needed” basis.
  3. Identifying psychiatric disorders and providing services and/or referral.
  4. Reviewing the program regularly in order to ascertain a model for best practices.
  5. Providing consultation and support for other specialists and health care professionals.


Specific Objectives

In order to reach the above objectives, the program:

  1. Evaluates motivation for treatment, enhances recognition of the substance use disorder and works with the person to identify treatment goals and approaches best suited to their needs (e.g. Fifty Plus, Women’s, Dual Diagnosis, and Relatives’ Groups).
  2. Maintains an ongoing program of research in both basic and clinical domains of addiction.
  3. Maintains an active program of training and education for students of various health professions and different levels of academic achievement (ie. Masters, doctoral, post-doctoral)
  4. Maintains an interprofessional approach and a team-based treatment program.


Our Values 

The Addictions Unit adheres to the MUHC Code of Ethics that states:

In pursuing the mission of the MUHC, staff work to combine patient care, education and research, while creating an atmosphere of inquiry, innovation and self-evaluation. We also aim to share our expertise in the treatment of disease, in the prevention of illness or injury, and in the promotion of health with other institutions and professionals in a collective effort to address our society's health care problems. The MUHC community strives to continually strengthen relationships with all the different groups we serve, based on open communication, mutual understanding, support, and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity.

We consider the following guiding principles to be very important in the task of creating a healing environment:

  • Mutual respect
  • Privacy
  • Promoting open communication
  • Preservation of confidentiality
  • Informed care and treatment decisions
  • Providing care in a compassionate, responsible manner
  • Access to health information


For complete details, please see the MUHC Code of Ethics.

Accreditation is in accordance with the Canadian Council on Health services standards for the  MUHC Mission”. http://www.accreditation.ca/