Addictions and substance abuse wreck minds, bodies and relationships. Ray of Hope helps young people learn healthy alternatives and coping strategies so that they and their families can live a life free from addiction.
Read “My Journey to Sobriety”, a personal story from one of our youth.
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This is a highly individualized program for youth, aged 12 and up, who:
- Need support to address substance abuse problems, but who don’t need (or aren’t ready to consider) the more structured treatment offered by the Day Treatment or Residential programs.
- Are transitioning out of Residential or Day Treatment and would like follow-up support.
Community-Based Treatment provides:
- Help for youth in discovering healthy self-confidence and self-care.
- Help for parents/guardians in guiding their at-risk youth toward health.
- Care in community settings such as home and school within Waterloo Region and surrounding area.
- Individual and/or family counselling, family mediation, spiritual guidance, and coaching that focuses on the needs and challenges of the youth and their family.
- Assistance for both youth and parents/guardians in accessing various community services and supports.
Our staff are fully trained in the assessment tools required for referrals to all publicly-funded youth residential addiction treatment programs in Ontario. If you (or your child) need an assessment, give us a call at 519-743-2311.
If you wish to contact Youth Addiction Services via fax, please use their private fax line: 519-743-6206
The Day Treatment program is for youth aged 13 and up who need structured support to overcome addiction and substance abuse, but who don’t need (or are not ready to consider) more intensive support offered in a residential program. Participants:
- Learn to find alternative ways to cope with cravings, triggers and personal challenges.
- Attend schooling provided on site by WRDSB and can earn up to three credits for active participation in treatment in addition to any academic courses completed.
- Develop life skills such as emotion and time management, self-care, and budgeting.
- Learn to cope both as individuals and to rely on other participants for support and accountability.
We strongly encourage parents/guardians to connect regularly with our staff and to be active participants in monthly progress evaluations with their child. This level of involvement creates an open dialogue with staff and youth about the progress they are making.
Once they’ve completed this program, youth are invited to participate in Ray of Hope’s Community-Based Treatment Program for continued support.
Residential Treatment is offered at Ray of Hope’s residence in downtown Kitchener. This program is for males aged 13 to 20, from anywhere in Ontario. Participants:
- Receive individual attention from staff in a small (6-bed) program.
- Learn healthy self-care in all aspects of life.
- Develop a personalized plan of recovery which involves peer support, individual counselling, life-skills and development, recreation and spiritual care.
- Complete school credits in the section 23 class, and earn academic credits for treatment participation.
- Learn the importance of community support through participation in volunteer work and attendance at 12-Step meetings.
- Enjoy sports and games, going to community events, and relaxed times at the house.
- Abstinence from all substances is required while in the program.
It generally takes four to six months for youth to physically recover from the impact of substance abuse and to accomplish their initial goals, and for families to rebuild their relationships to the point where the youth is welcomed home.
Residential treatment is just one step in finding a happy, successful life, and on-going support afterwards is strongly encouraged. Once they’ve completed this program, youth are welcome to join the Community-Based Treatment Program or Day Treatment Program for continued support.
Distance to our Residence:
Barrie: 2 hours
Downtown Toronto: 90 min
Hamilton: 60 min
South Cambridge/North Waterloo: 30 min
London: 75 min
Sarnia: 2.5 hrs
Windsor: 3 hrs
Support for Parents
Parents/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 case worker.
- An opportunity to learn and grow with others through weekly parent support groups.
- Knowledge about addictions, self-care and parenting approaches for dealing with at-risk youth.
- Ongoing support, even if their child chooses not to stay in treatment. Parent engagement in treatment alone can make a significant difference to the quality of the parent’s life and also improve family relationships.
To learn more about our youth addictions programs, please contact us at 1-519-743-2311