There are several substance use-related counselling and support programs offered in Waterloo Region. 

Counselling Programs 

House of Friendship offers counselling services for substance use or addiction, problem gambling, gaming and internet use at a variety of locations throughout Waterloo Region. These services were formerly provided by St. Mary's Counselling Services.

Call the centralized addiction and mental health service access line, 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247).

Support programs

The Bridges/Simcoe House in Cambridge offers addiction supports for clients of the shelter and other individuals in the community who are experiencing problematic substance use. Outreach workers are available to provide support and link with addiction treatment centres all over Ontario. There are also several aftercare groups offered at Simcoe House to help people on their journey.Call 519-624-9990 for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is non-professional, self-supporting, multi-racial, apolitical and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

  • Kitchener-Waterloo: 519-742-6183        
  • Guelph: 519-836-1522

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women whose substance use has affected their lives. They hold regular meetings and membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drug problem. Call 1-888-811-3887 for information.

Drop-in Support 

The Working Centre/St. John's Kitchen is a nonprofit organization established in response to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener. St. John's Kitchen is a thriving community of hundreds of people who gather in spirit of cooperation and mutual support to produce and share a daily meal, and to connect with a range of community resources. Call 519-743-1151 for more information. 

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