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.
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This is a highly individualized program for youth who need support to address substance abuse problems, but who don’t need the more structured treatment offered by the Day Treatment or Residential programs. Community-Based Treatment provides:
- 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 in accessing various community services and supports.
The Day Treatment program is for youth who need structured support to overcome the challenges of addiction and substance abuse, but who don’t need more intensive support offered in a residential program. Once they’ve completed this program, youth are invited to participate in Ray of Hope’s Community-Based Treatment Program for continued support. 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.
- Develop life skills such as emotion and time management, self-care, and budgeting.
Residential Treatment is offered at Ray of Hope’s residence in downtown Kitchener. Once they’ve completed this program, youth are welcome to join the Community-Based Treatment Program or Day Treatment Program for continued support. Participants:
- Receive individual attention from staff.
- 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.
- Are provided with independent study time for five days each week which is supported by a teacher.
- Learn the importance of community support through participation in volunteer work and attendance at AA or NA meetings.
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. Parents and guardians receive:
- 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.
To learn more about our youth addictions programs, please contact us at 1-519-743-2311