Concurrent Disorders Centre
Chemical dependency is a chronic bio-psychosocial illness which has a multitude of adverse effects on the individual as well as society. Our goal is to provide effective, personalized, cost efficient assessment and treatment services for those clients suffering from this serious disorder.
Most chemically dependent clients do best when they are treated in their own community in an outpatient setting. This allows them to integrate the skills they have learned into their lives on an ongoing basis. As much as possible, we attempt to structure a treatment program around the needs of the individual. We also believe that there is no quick solution for a serious addiction problem. Long-term, regular follow-up is vital to successful recovery.
REFERRALS are accepted from a wide variety of sources ranging from the client themselves to specialized assessment agencies. All new referrals to the program are seen initially by one of the program physicians to begin the assessment process and to screen for related medical problems. Psychiatric consultation is available as needed.
People experiencing early stage problems with chemical dependency can obtain brief, individualized counseling and education through the outpatient service.
THE STAGE ONE (ASSESSMENT & PREPARATION) GROUP, which meets on a weekly basis, allows ongoing assessment of the client's treatment needs and provides stabilization support in order to prepare individuals for optimal use of further treatment. Clients attending this group begin to develop strategies and resources to cope with life's problems without the use of a psychoactive medication. It is held both mid-day and in the late afternoon to facilitate attendance by working clients. Attendance at stage one is a prerequisite for further treatment in stage two.
STAGE TWO (DAY TREATMENT) is designed for clients who are committed to following an abstinence based program and lifestyle - free of all drug and alcohol use. Individuals attend stage two from 0900 to 1530 hours daily for three consecutive weeks. Each client works closely with a primary therapist to develop specific goals for their participation in the program, and to establish both follow-up plans and appropriate linkages with community resources and self-help groups. Both medical and psychiatric consultation is available to program participants as required.
Program members participate in structured groups that are based on lifestyle change, emphasizing the development of effective interpersonal communication, relaxation and problem-solving skills along with a balanced approach concerning one's lifestyle. A group therapy component facilitates initiation of the emotional changes required to support complete abstinence, along with a lifestyle focused on wellness. A separate group for men and women is designed to help identify and work through gender-related issues pertinent to addiction.
STAGE THREE (RECOVERY GROUP) is an essential component of the program allowing clients who have completed stage two to consolidate the gains they have made in treatment. The facilitated weekly recovery group is available for up to one year to help the client with their ongoing recovery work. Part of this work involves planning an individualized relapse prevention program with defined objectives and criteria for progression.
RELAPSE PREVENTION GROUP may be offered to those chemically dependant clients who have previously completed an intensive treatment program, or have had a period of good recovery, but who have suffered one or more relapses.
FAMILIES with a chemically dependent member or loved one with a concurrent disorder often experience intense stress, isolation and difficulty coping with problems. The client recovering from addiction has a much greater chance of long term success if their family has some understanding of the problem. Our program offers a Family Day during each cycle of day treatment, where family or close friends of the client learn about the illness and the role that they can play in recovery. This educational experience is also offered to those whose family member or close friend is not currently involved in treatment.
Education Group - A four week education-focused group to enhance awareness of the impact of addiction and increase motivation towards change.
SELF-HELP PROGRAMS are an important source of support and assistance for those experiencing difficulties with alcohol or drugs. Alcoholics Anonymous and Women for Sobriety offer regular group meetings at The Credit Valley Hospital, Valley House (2 nd floor).
The Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Centre
The Credit Valley Hospital
Valley House, 2nd Floor
2200 Eglinton Avenue West