This month, learn how to access public drug and alcohol treatment in Ontario in the next installment of Provincial Snapshot. Each month, we are outlining the steps you must take to access public drug and alcohol treatment in each province. This blog will detail how to access different levels of addiction and mental health care. If you or someone you know requires urgent help, please call 911.
Drug and Alcohol Helpline
If you have substance use problems, Ontario is one of the best provinces to be in! The province has set up a drug and alcohol helpline that is available 24/7 free of charge. Call to be connected with an information and referral specialist who is knowledgeable on all things public drug and alcohol treatment in Ontario.
They can provide up to date information on treatment providers, crisis lines, self-help groups, distress centers, and family services. This includes giving you your closest outpatient office, detox clinic, or health unit. A special feature about this helpline is that they can provide current wait times for all provincially run facilities, giving you a good idea of what your immediate options are. The only thing to note is that this helpline only deals with Ontario and its publicly-funded options. Therefore, all the advice they give is for OHIP-funded facilities. This is a really good start, but if you are looking for private options as well, give our specialist a call and they can give you all the other options.
Many Options to Access Public Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Ontario
You may not need to go to an outpatient office like in other provinces for a referral to treatment. In Ontario, you can often get a referral from your family physician if they have a documented history of your mental health or substance use concerns.
Addiction Supportive Housing (ASH) is a program designed for clients who have tried addiction treatment programs before and need some extra help transitioning to ‘real life’. Some clients may have tried a few times, but have not been able to make their recovery stick. Others may be at risk of homelessness and need a safe and supportive environment to continue their recovery. If a potential client is assessed as having a high probability of a successful recovery in this style of supportive housing treatment program they can be admitted. There are many ASH houses across the province, you can contact the previously mentioned helpline here to find your closest ASH program.
If you are looking for public drug and alcohol treatment in Ontario and need some assistance, please contact our specialist. Be sure to check out the page on Toronto drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs.