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Drugs and alcohol: resources for youth and families

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Substance use information, support & treatment

  • Ottawa Public Health: Information on preventing, recognizing and handling opioid overdose.
  • Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services provides programs: in Ottawa High Schools, for parents, youth (including, youth in the criminal justice system), and young women who are pregnant or parenting. Contact your school, or the intake line: 613-724-4881
  • Youth Services Bureau (for youth 12+ and their families). Provides crisis support, youth and family counselling, walk in clinics. 613-562-3004
  • Ottawa Addictions Access and Referral Services (OAARS): A starting point for people 16 years and over concerned about their drug and/or alcohol use who feel they need some help. The navigators conduct assessments, offer referral services and also provide information and support to people concerned about their loved one's substance use (friend, family member or a spouse). 613.241.5202 
  • Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre Residential and community-based treatment programs for youth (13-21).
  • Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre (for youth 16+) Provides supervised, non-medical withdrawal management (detox) through 3 main programs: residential, day and community programs. 613-241-1525 (24/7)
  • The Royal Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program provides services to people aged 16+ who have complex substance use, mental health and physical health issues. It offers a range of inpatient and outpatient services for concurrent disorders, including medical detoxification for alcohol, benzodiazepines and opioids only . Programs inlcude: Regional Opioid Intervention Service; Alcohol Medical Intervention Clinic; Transitional Aged Youth Service; and the Early Intervention Program. 613.722.6521 ext. 6158

Help in a crisis

Parenting support

  • Parents' Lifelines of Eastern Ontario 613-321-3211 Toll Free: 1-855-775-7005 Support and information to parents and caregivers with children, youth and young adults to age 24 who are facing mental health and/or addiction challenges.
  • We the parents 613-404-8257 Offers community based SMART Recovery meetings for youth ages 12-21 struggling with problematic substance use or addiction. Provides support group meetings for parents, caregivers, grandparents and siblings, and navigation support to help link families with the services they need.

Mental health & counselling services

These following organizations offer counselling and support individuals, couples and families. Please check the websites or contact the agency for more information. Some of these agencies have a sliding fee scale (based on your income). 

Other helpful resources

  • The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health provides culturally relevant services for First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals, couples and families, including several programs for youth. These include substance abuse prevention and criminal justice diversion programs. 
  • CHEO's YouthNet / RéseauAdo is a bilingual by youth for youth mental health promotion program at CHEO. YouthNet offers alternative support services for youth aged 13 to 20, including: hiking, art,snowboarding, yoga, community education, research and advocacy. Programs are led by our trained facilitators aged 20 to 30 and are supported by clinical back-up resources. 
  • CHE O'S Adolescent health clinic provides services for a broad range of health issues, such as school problems, chronic illness, family stress, gender diversity, sexuality, and transient situational difficulties. Health Care providers, schools and community partners can refer youth to the clinic.
  • Community Health and Resource Centres (Ottawa) You may live in an area served by a community health or community resource centre. These centres provide a wide range of health, social & community services. To find the centre in your area, please consult the City of Ottawa website: Coalition Ottawa
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