The Toronto Centre for Substance Use in Pregnancy (T-CUP) is a comprehensive substance use program for pregnant women. Based within the Family Medicine Centre, we offer “one-stop” access to multidisiplinary addiction, obstetric and neonatal care in an empathic and non-judgmental environment.
Pregnant? Using Drugs or Alcohol? Feeling Frightened and Alone?
If you’ve been using alcohol or drugs, or if you are prescribed medications like methadone, sleeping pills or painkillers, pregnancy can be a frightening time. You might have many questions, like:
- Should I stop using my prescribed medications?
- Is it more dangerous to stop them or keep using them? How will I deal with my sleep/pain/anxiety problems if I’m not using them?
- How will using these medications affect my baby?
- How do I stop using recreational drugs/alcohol?
- Are there any treatment programs that will accept pregnant women?
- How do I learn how to take care of myself and my baby?
- What should I be eating? How often should I be going to doctor’s appointments?
- Is there anyone that can help?
- Is there anyone that I can talk to who won’t think of me as “just an addict”, but will see me as a person?
The T-CUP Program Can Help
T-CUP is a program you can trust to give you the care, support and information you need.
What can we do to help you?
We provide both substance abuse counselling and medical care for you and your baby. We will follow you during your pregnancy and deliver your baby, or we can work with your existing family doctor to “share your care.” We will also give you honest information about the known risks to your baby due to substances used during pregnancy. T-CUP will also connect you with other important services, such as inpatient treatment or other substance use programs. We also have experience with methadone maintenance therapy in pregnancy and how to prescribe in a way that is safe for you and your baby.
Who will be caring for you?
We are a team consisting of family doctors, a nurse clinician and a social worker. We also have access to obstetricians, paediatricians, psychiatrists and other specialists at SJHC.
How it Works
The T-CUP program is part of the Family Medicine Centre, located on the Ground Floor of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. All appointments are booked in advance, but when our patients have urgent concerns, they can phone the Family Medicine Centre at 416-530-6860 to speak to a nurse. The nurse will then provide you either with instructions or with an urgent care appointment with one of our physicians.