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CHOICES Addictions - Day Program

What to Expect

CHOICES provides a variety of treatment services for adolescents aged 13 up to 19 years old who are harmfully involved with substances, gambling and or who have a concurrent disorder, which means a substance use problem and a mental health disorder at the same time.  CHOICES provides a wide range of voluntary services from Health Promotion & Prevention, Community Outreach, Outclient Clinical Services, a Day Program and a Provincial 24/7 Inpatient Treatment Service.  CHOICES utilizes a harm reduction approach where you can partner with your clinician around your treatment goals to reduce the harms associated with substance misuse.

When you come to the CHOICES Day Program, you will participate in an 8 week structured program from 8:45 to 3:30pm 5 days a week.  You will attend the onsite therapeutic school in the morning and participate in a combination of therapeutic or skill based groups and recreation therapy in the afternoon. Groups include substance use group, assertiveness training, structured relapse prevention, health promotion, CBT stress management, life skills, SPARCS, cognitive behavioural therapy group and recreation therapy. You will meet regularly with a primary clinician who will provide individual and family therapy on an ongoing bases. The CHOICES Day program team includes social workers, teachers, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, occupational therapists, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, recreation therapists, clinical nurse specialists and youth care workers. The treatment team will support you and help you achieve your goals and with your transition back to school and community.

Read the program overview to learn more about CHOICES.