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
(for youth 12+ and their families). Provides crisis support, youth and family counselling,
walk in clinics. http://www.ysb.on.ca/index.php?page=home&hl=eng 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.
- 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
- 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.
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
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