Addiction Services for Youth
Ray of Hope provides Youth Justice Services, Youth Employment Services, Youth Addiction Services, Community Support Services and Refugee Support Services. Call 519-578-8018.
oneROOF Youth Services is committed to providing the safety, support and overall well-being of youth (age 12-25) experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Waterloo Region. In accomplishing our objective of maintaining their health and safety of these individuals, we provide resources and services that will enable them to make positive choices to end the cycle of homelessness. Call 519-742-2788.
Portage Ontario is a non-profit organization that offers programs for adults and youth effected by substance-use problems to overcome their dependencies and live healthy, happy and productive lives. It is located in Elora. Call: 519-846-0945.
AL-TEEN is part of the Al-Anon fellowship designed for younger relatives and friends of alcoholics through the teen years. Call 1-888-425-2666.
Al-Anon Family Groups is a community resource providing fellowship and support to spouses, adult children, partners, relatives, co-workers and friends of alcoholics who meet anonymously to share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve common problems. Al-Anon is non-professional, self-supporting, spiritually based, apolitical and welcomes all cultures. It is a separate fellowship from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
For more information on Al-Anon, visit their website by using the link above, or contact 1-888-425-2666 (Al-Anon Family Groups Meeting Information Line), or 519-836-1522 (24-hour help line).
Ray of Hope Parent Support
Ray of Hope offers parents and guardians opportunities to learn and grow with others through weekly parent support groups, which provide knowledge about substance abuse/addiction, self-care and parenting approaches for dealing with at-risk youth. Parents and guardians are a vital component of each youth’s treatment plan and are required to attend regular sessions and monthly family meetings with a Ray of Hope treatment provider. Ray of Hope also offers individualized counselling and family mediation related to parenting a youth with substance abuse/addiction issues.
Parents are welcome to participate in these services, even if their child is not interested in treatment. Parent engagement in treatment alone has the power to make a significant difference to the quality of the parent’s life and also improve family relationships.
Homewood Community Addiction Services Family Programs
Homewood Community Addiction Services offers a variety of families counselling, support and educational programs through individual, couple and group sessions. Addiction puts great strain on families. Counselling, education and support provide relief, understanding and an opportunity to explore effective coping strategies.
Individual and Family Counselling
Clients will meet with the social worker to develop a plan to address specific issues related to addiction.
To register call Intake at 519-836-5733, ext. 2369.
Two-Day Family Program
This is a two-day program offered twice a month to family members affected by addiction. The program provides family members with understanding of addiction and the impact it has on the family. Participants gain knowledge and skills to deal with the recovery process in a healthy way. Participants must be 18 years of age, live in Wellington/Dufferin County, or have a family member participating in the Homewood In-patient Addiction Program.
To register, call: 519-836-5733, ext. 2369.
12-Week Family Support Group
This 12-week group is offered twice a year (September and January) to family members who have completed the two-day Family Program. Some of the topics include:
- Dealing with emotions
To register, call 519-836-5733, ext. 2352.
Ray of Hope‘s Day Treatment program serves youth aged 13 and up who need structured support to overcome the challenges of addiction and substance abuse, but do not need, or are not ready to participate in, the more intensive support offered in a residential program. The program runs Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Youth are encouraged through peer support, individual counselling and group work to find alternative ways to cope with cravings, triggers and personal challenges. Active participation in schoolwork is a requirement of this program. Through the treatment portion of the Day program, participants develop a wide range of life skills such as emotion and time-management, self-care and budgeting. As youth learn to cope individually they also learn from their peers and begin to rely on each other for support and accountability. Contact: 519-743-2311