Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC)

The RAAC is designed to connect patients seeking treatment for substance use disorders with evidence-based treatment including Suboxone or methadone in order to stabilize the patient in the short term, and subsequently transfer them to a community care provider for ongoing monitoring, support and rehabilitation.

For patients without a regular health care provider, the RAAC will assist in linking them to one.

All services are free.


The RAAC accepts referrals from community providers, doctors, nurses, social workers, as well as self-referrals. A CareCard is not required for referral.

Appropriate RAAC referrals include patients seeking treatment for the following substance use disorders:

  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder / alcoholism
  • Benzodiazepine (benzos) dependent
  • Nicotine addiction/reliance
  • Stimulant addiction/reliance

Please fax referral forms to 604-297-9678.

Referrals can also be submitted via phone to:

Sam Gill, Clinical Nurse Leader
Email: SGill6@providencehealth.bc.ca
Tel: 604-682-2344 ext.64245

Download RAAC referral form (pdf)

Care Team

Our team aims to provide a safe space where patients can get specialized addiction medicine service and care from a physician, nurse and/or social worker.

Our clinic’s philosophy for care and treatment includes:

  • Client-centred practice
  • Trauma informed
  • Without judgement
  • Healing environment


The RAAC provides expertise in addiction medicine, including consultative advice for physicians and health care providers managing difficult addiction related cases, field training to increase capacity for Suboxone prescribers and scale-up of physicians’ competency in the area of addiction medicine, treatment and assessment.

For more information on what our clinic offers, please see the brochure below.

Download RAAC brochure (pdf) here


Call us:

Visit us:
Seven days/week
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Paul’s Hospital (1081 Burrard Street)
Mental Health Wellness Clinic
2nd Floor Burrard Building