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Substance Use Assessment in Ontario

Last updated on: Thursday, 21 December 2023

When receiving an assessment or evaluation in Ontario to determine a substance use disorder, you or your loved one should receive multiple treatment recommendations. We have put together a listing of organizations that can provide assessments. Also, most of them have addiction services which can be helpful to have everything in one facility. This listing also includes facilities with accreditations and licensures such as Canadian Centre for Accreditation and Registered Canadian Charitable Organizations.

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List of Drug and Alcohol Assessment

The information below will help you how to find a drug and alcohol assessment in Ontario. The list could be incomplete, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-877-254-3348.

Reviewed: 18 September 2023

Ken Brown Recovery Home is a residential addiction treatment program. After reviewing the website, we found it is a supportive place for men focussing on long-term recovery. It is a 90-day program providing different treatment methodologies and supportive housing. Applicants must be 16 and older and commit to a 90-day program.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Residential Long-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Relapse Prevention
- Services for Employees
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling
- Substance Abuse Peer Counselling
- Twelve-Step

People Served

- Adults
- Gender-Specific
- Men

Trust Factors

- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Counsellors are accredited practitioners through the Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation

8 Herrick Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
(705) 942-2244

Reviewed: 18 September 2023

Maison Decision House is a community-based residential treatment program. After examining the website, we found that it provides treatment to adult men who are returning to the community as a part of their release process. They operate a general treatment philosophy based on the social learning model. Supervised Apartments are also available after completing the program.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Interventionist
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Residential Long-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Relapse Prevention
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals

People Served

- Adults
- Gender-Specific
- Men

Trust Factors

- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Clinical counsellors

37 Irving Avenue, Ottawa, ON
(613) 728-5013

Reviewed: 18 September 2023

Newgate 180 is a substance use treatment program. After reviewing the website, we found that there are men’s and women’s programs. The program offers life-enhancement skills, relapse prevention, and other wellness techniques. Some insurance providers can cover the program. The program can also be financed if necessary.

Substances Treated

Alcohol
Benzo
Cocaine
Marijuana
Opioids

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Residential Long-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Relapse Prevention
- Services for Employees
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Couples
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Families
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling
- Substance Abuse Peer Counselling

People Served

- Adults

Trust Factors

- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Dr. Shawn Yakimovich, ND | Naturopathic Doctor
Joy Parsons-Nicota, NP-PHC, BScN, MScN | Nurse Practioner

435 Main Street East, Merrickville, ON
(613) 269-2672

Reviewed: 18 September 2023

Renascent is a substance use treatment center providing affordable rehabilitation. After examining the website, we found the program offers inpatient treatment and virtual intensive treatment. In addition, there are outpatient treatment and detox programs. The program offers publicly funded treatment and provides a fee for service.

Substances Treated

Alcohol
Cocaine
Marijuana
Meth
Opioids

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Residential Long-Term
- Residential Short-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Holistic
- Relapse Prevention
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Families
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling
- Substance Abuse Peer Counselling
- Twelve-Step

People Served

- Adults
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Family Programs
- Family Support

Trust Factors

- Canadian Centre for Accreditation
- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Laura Bhoi, BAP | CEO
Dr. Vera Tarman, MD, FCFP, ABAM | Medical Director

38 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON
(416) 927-1202

Reviewed: 18 September 2023

Sobriety House is a substance use treatment program. After reviewing the website, we found that it is a drug rehab center for men. There are 17 spots available with group therapy, and clients can access second-stage housing when they have completed a treatment of up to three months.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Residential
- Residential Long-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

People Served

- Adults
- Gender-Specific
- Men

Trust Factors

- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Tom Jackson, ICADC, RPT, CCCS | Executive Director
Mark Turner, BSW | Program Facilitator

90 First Avenue, Ottawa, ON
(613) 233-0828

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Residential Short-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Drug Prevention and Education
- Holistic
- Relapse Prevention
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling
- Twelve-Step

People Served

- Adults
- Co-Occurring Disorders
- Family Support

Trust Factors

- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Isabelle Sabourin-Levesque, MSW | Director

924 Halle St., Hearst, ON
(705) 362-4289

Reviewed: 27 February 2024

Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre Inc. delivers culturally-based addiction treatment and prevention services. After DRS examined the website, we found they offer a residential day treatment program. Clients can also access outpatient treatment programs, assessments, aftercare planning, and referrals.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Residential Short-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Holistic
- Relapse Prevention
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals

People Served

- Adults
- Family Support
- First Nation

Trust Factors

- Official Canadian Substance Use Treatment Centres for First Nations and Inuit

Medical Staff: Rolanda Manitowabi, MAPP | Executive Director

56 Pitawanakwat Street, Wikwemikong, ON
(705) 859-2324

Reviewed: 27 February 2024

Waasegiizhig Nanandawe’iyewigamig provides traditional and contemporary health care. After we examined the website, we found they offer a healing lodge. The healing lodge provides a culture-based, residential healing program. The 28-day Mitiigomish Healing Program follows the moon cycle and incorporates traditional ceremonies and cultural teachings alongside contemporary supportive counseling, education, and referral services.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Residential Short-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Drug Prevention and Education

People Served

- Adults
- First Nation

Trust Factors

- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Melissa Calder, Registered Psychotherapist | Chief Operating Officer
Physicians, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians

212 4th Ave. S., Kenora, ON
1 (888) (699-6422)

Reviewed: 27 February 2024

Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre is a counseling program helping people with substance use and gambling addiction. After DRS examined the website, we found they are a free service and use a holistic approach. It is a long-term, non-residential program offering day counseling.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Outpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Relapse Prevention
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling

People Served

- Adults
- Gender-Specific
- Pregnant Women
- Women

Trust Factors

- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Sobia Hafeez, MPH | Director

488 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa, ON
(613) 563-0363

Reviewed: 27 February 2024

Community Addiction Services of Niagara provides client-centered addiction services. After DRS examined the website, we found that they offer community treatment, family services, youth services, and day treatment. Additionally, there is addiction-supportive housing and treatment for gambling addiction. It is a multilingual service.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Interventionist
- Outpatient
- Sober Living
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling

People Served

- Adolescents
- Adults

Trust Factors

- Canadian Centre for Accreditation
- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Medical Staff: Tiffany Scriver, RP, MSW | Director of Outreach Services
Jeffrey Sica, MSc, RP | Director of Youth Services

60 James St, St. Catharines, ON
(905) 684-1183

Reviewed: 27 February 2024

Breton House Algoma Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Centre is a drug and alcohol treatment center for women. After DRS examined the website, we found they offer assessments, counseling, education, referrals, support groups, and other behavioral health support. Prospective residents must have a provincial assessment completed (GAIN Q3 or ADAT) and faxed to Breton House.

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Residential Long-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Drug Prevention and Education
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling
- Twelve-Step

People Served

- Adults
- Gender-Specific
- Pregnant Women
- Women

Trust Factors

- Partly Funded by the United Way

Medical Staff: Betsy Radke, CAC, ICADC | Addiction Counsellor

91 Breton Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
(705) 759-4891

Substances Treated

Alcohol
Cocaine
Marijuana
Meth
Opioids

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Detox
- Medical Detox
- Residential
- Residential Long-Term
- Residential Short-Term
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Holistic

People Served

- Adults
- Men
- Women

Medical Staff: Medical team includes a social worker, registered psychotherapists, addiction counsellors, a medical doctor, registered practical nurses.

6482 Bloomington Rd, Stouffville, ON
(877) 353-2777

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Outpatient
- Residential
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Relapse Prevention
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling
- Twelve-Step

People Served

- Adults
- Family Support
- Gender-Specific
- Men

Medical Staff: Stephen Webb, MSW, BA in Psychology and Sociology, RSW | Senior Counselor

509 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON
(519) 371-3642

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Interventionist
- Outpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Drug Prevention and Education

People Served

- Adults
- First Nation

Medical Staff: Registered Community Health Nurse

247 Lakeshore Blvd., Wiarton, ON
(519) 534-0373

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Shelter
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Transitional Housing

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Relapse Prevention
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling

People Served

- Adults
- Family Programs
- Family Support

Trust Factors

- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Professional Staff: Carol (Cowan) Cowan-Morneau, Graduate in Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling | CEO & Executive Director

196 Wentworth St N, Hamilton, ON
(905) 528-4211

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals
- Substance Abuse Group Counselling
- Twelve-Step

People Served

- Adolescents
- Adults

Medical Staff: Hamish White, CADC, HSC, SSW
Christine McNicol, CACCF, CAC

4211 Yonge St., Suite 302, North York, ON
(416) 640-1061

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Outpatient
- Substance Abuse Treatment

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Drug Prevention and Education
- Substance Abuse Counselling
- Substance Abuse Counselling for Individuals

People Served

- Adults

Trust Factors

- Accreditation Canada
- Registered Canadian Charitable Organization

Professional Staff: Trained counsellors

499 Raglan Street North, Renfrew, ON
(613) 432-4851

Rehab Settings

- Assessment
- Interventionist

Services Offered

- Aftercare
- Drug Prevention and Education
- Drug Test
- Workplace Services
- Workplace Solutions

Medical Staff: Tiffany Dubien, LPN | Occupational Health Nurse

1230 B Carrick Street, Thunder Bay, ON
807-630-4446

Ask a Professional

  • Are assessments mandatory before I go to a drug rehab center?

    External assessments before drug rehab are not always needed, but it depends on the facility. Public drug rehab programs in each province often require patients to receive a referral or assessment before treatment. Generally, once you enter a drug rehab program, the facility performs its own assessment to determine your recovery pathway.

  • What happens if I disagree with the initial assessment and want a different method?

    Ultimately, it is your choice regarding what drug rehab program you want to attend, unless there are limited options. Assessments are not always perfect but purely a recommendation of treatment based upon the information you provide to the healthcare provider during your initial visit.

  • Can an assessment act as an intervention to help someone who does not recognize they have a problem?

    Yes, it could; for example, most health care professionals give their patients drug and alcohol use assessments to help them determine if their drinking and drug use are problematic. They use different types of questionnaires to accomplish this, and based on the answers, they can make recommendations.

  • Why is an assessment or evaluation necessary?

    Generally, it is needed to ensure treatment approaches are individualized and the patient receives the rehabilitation they need for their addiction and underlying issues. No one form of drug rehab is suitable for every person.

  • Are there ongoing assessments during rehabilitation?

    Yes, drug rehab centers of all sorts provide ongoing assessments to ensure their clients are on track with their sobriety. This aims to determine if any changes are needed with their treatment plan. Individualized approaches are necessary for successful rehabilitation.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from DrugRehab.ca’s “Ask a Professional” are answered by Nickolaus Hayes. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at N.hayes@drugrehab.ca.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

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