VANCOUVER, BC, July 29, 2020 /CNW/ – Numinus Wellness Inc. (“ Numinus” or the “Company“) (TSXV: NUMI), a company creating an ecosystem of health solutions centered around developing and supporting the safe, evidence-based, accessible use of psychedelic-assisted therapies, is pleased to announce its partnership with Together We Can Addiction Recovery and Education Society (TWC). TWC is one of Canada’s largest addiction treatment organizations, a registered charity, licensed healthcare provider, and an approved Canadian Federal Government service provider for the veterans’ community. The partnership has enabled TWC to enhance its mental health and addiction recovery support services with tailored mind/body wellness programs. Numinus’s associated wellness clinic is benefitting from the partnership with a dedicated stream of revenue, reinitiated since the clinic’s re-opening post-COVID earlier this month. The active service provider partnership is designed to ultimately support psychedelic-assisted therapies when authorized for use in Canada.
One in five Canadians suffer from addiction in any given year, and deaths from the current overdose crisis attributable to opioid and other addictions are growing. Numinus and TWC share the view that new solutions and integrative approaches are needed to enhance traditional recovery-based approaches to help people make transformative change, heal, and be well. The partnership currently extends the continuum of care provided to TWC clients with specialized mind/body programs which include modalities such as naturopathy, registered massage therapy, trauma and somatic therapies, and breathwork through Numinus’s associated wellness clinic in Vancouver. Individualized programs are continually being developed for TWC clients, including Canadian Forces members and veterans dealing with addiction, PTSD, anxiety, grief and loss, and other diagnoses.
Says Brett S., a TWC client who has already benefited from the partnership, “While I was in treatment at Together We Can for my drug addiction, I was given the opportunity to try out the services of the clinic. They not only supported me through recovery from my addictions but also helped me address my ADHD. I’m so grateful that Numinus’s services were part of my overall recovery.”
Longer term, the partnership also aims to provide TWC clients early-access to safe, evidence-based, regulated psychedelic-assisted therapies through Numinus’s implementation science partnerships and to provide Numinus with a key partner when it is able to provide these therapies in addition to its current services.
Although psychedelic-assisted therapies are not yet available outside of a research context, both parties are optimistic these therapies hold great promise as new treatment options for addiction and mental health care and that they will become increasingly accessible through regulatory approvals. A growing body of evidence suggests psychedelics, especially psilocybin, may dramatically improve outcomes from substance use disorders. While more research is required to fully define the outcomes and safety of the therapeutic use of psychedelic substances, the Canadian federal government is under increasing pressure to provide access to psilocybin-assisted therapy for various mental health and addiction conditions.
“The partnership with Numinus is so important for our clients. There is more demand than we can manage for our services, and our clients need the complementary programs Numinus provides,” says Stacy Wilson, TWC Executive Director. “We are excited to find a partner that is aligned with our mission and to work with a team that is driven by heartfelt passion. We both believe whole body/mind integrated support is critical to recovery, and we are optimistic that psychedelic-assisted therapies will also play a significant role in addressing addiction recovery when they are regulated.”
Adds Numinus Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Evan Wood, an internationally recognized clinician scientist and expert in addiction treatment, “The growing body of research into the role of psychedelic-assisted therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders is incredibly compelling. This partnership creates a wonderful opportunity to consolidate new strategies with an implementation science lens that can ultimately improve safe access to those seeking additional strategies for treatment and recovery.”
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