Spotlight: Addictions Services Workers

ASWsRecovering from any addiction is a journey and addictions service workers are there to help individuals reach the next step. Brittany Syms and Lauren Mannarino are Addictions Services Workers (ASW) working within the Addiction Medicine Consult Team and the Withdrawal Management program at SAH.

The role of ASWs is invaluable as they aim to facilitate client-centred care for those who are experiencing addiction to substances. “Our team serves a vulnerable population and we all need to be advocates and make a difference in people’s lives,” says Lauren. “We meet our clients where they are at and help them achieve their goals and develop a plan that works for them,” says Brittany. “As ASWs, we provide coaching and education on things like budgeting, housing, employment and on anything that will help them live their best life when they are on their own,” she adds.

ASWs ensure that their clients receive the services and treatment they choose by referring them to other appropriate service agencies both within our community and beyond. “Our role is to ensure that our clients know where they can get the assistance they want to ensure their well-being,” says Lauren.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all our Addictions Services Workers at SAH for their advocacy and hard work in caring for supporting our clients.