Thunder Bay Counselling provides addiction and mental health services for people of every gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or cultural background and faith. There are no fees for many of our services.
- Financial stability
- Mental health
- Effectiveness of medications
- Ability to cope
The Addiction and Mental Health Program at Thunder Bay Counselling provides a safe and judgment free place for you to work through substance use and mental health issues.
We are here to help people who haven’t reached out for help before and also people who have tried before but who have slips and are finding it hard to stay on track with the changes they’ve made. We use a harm reduction approach which means we work with you to reduce the negative impact of your use. This may or may not include abstinence (quitting).
Our counsellors provide confidential assessments and outpatient treatment to help you identify what makes you vulnerable to addictive substances and behaviours, to learn new ways of dealing with life challenges, and to reduce the negative impact of your use of substances. Where more intensive treatment is the recommendation from the assessment, we will work with you to make the referrals to other services.
Alcohol & Drug Assessments
An assessment is an important first step in figuring out how best to assist you in moving forward. The assessment will help determine which treatment option is the best fit for you today. Our staff are trained in using the GAIN (Global Appraisal of Individual Needs) which is the assessment supported by the Province of Ontario. Many Live In Treatment centres require the completion of the GAIN before someone can attend Live In Treatment.
If you come for an assessment, we will ask questions about your substance use and treatment history, mental health, trauma, grief and loss, your supports, strengths and resources, legal problems and more. The assessment may take one, two or more sessions to complete. After the assessment is completed, your counsellor will talk to you about your treatment options.
There are many different treatment options associated with substance use:
- Self-Directed Programs
- Outpatient Treatment
- individual and group counselling and psychotherapy
- case management programs
- pre and post Live In Treatment support
- Day Treatment
- Live In Treatment (inpatient)
- Short-term (about 1 month)
- Medium-term (2 to 6 months)
- Long-term (6 to 12 months)
Pre and Post Treatment Support
If Day or Live In Treatment is the best option for you, we will support you through the process of going to and preparing for the program. This may include providing counselling and/or case management support for making changes with substance use, finding childcare and much more. We are also available after the treatment program is finished to provide you with ongoing counselling and support.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
We have specialized case management services for:
- Adults being released from a correctional facility or those involved in the criminal justice system
- Adults involved with a forensic facility or individuals who are living with mental health and substance use issues and are involved with the legal system
- Adults who are receiving Opiate Replacement Therapies (ORT) like methadone or suboxone or wanting to access ORT
- Women and people who identify as women who are pregnant or parenting young children
- Youth or youth who are transitioning into adult services and are living with mental health and addictions.
Community Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
A DBT Based Skills Group can help you:
- Develop a clearer sense of self
- Develop relationship skills, assertiveness, and self-respect
- Reduce emotional suffering and build positive experiences
- Gain acceptance of oneself and situations.
For information on how to make a referral, call (807) 683-4812.
The RAAM Clinic allows individuals experiencing substance use issues to receive counselling, appropriate addiction medications, and connections to community treatment programs. Our team offers judgement free services in a safe and healing environment. Clinics are offered as in-person, telephone or video appointments.
Call (807) 626-8478 to book an appointment.
Back on Track
The program has three parts; the assessment, the education or treatment program and the six month follow up. A Warn Range suspension drivers require the one day education or two day treatment workshop only.
For complete details about this program or to register, please go to the Back on Track web site: remedial.net or call 416-595-6593 in Toronto; or Ontario toll free 1-888-814-5831.
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