Drugs, Alcohol & Addiction

The use of alcohol and drugs can impact your life in negative ways. If you’re going to use, it’s important to make informed choices and understand the potential risks that can have an impact on your life. When you’re under the influence you’re more likely to make bad decisions that you wouldn’t normally make when you’re sober. If you do choose to take alcohol or drugs, make sure you have a safe ride home; check out our listings of local taxi services. Driving while intoxicated is against the law and risks the lives of you and others. If you, a friend, or a family member has a problem with drugs or alcohol, confidential and anonymous support is available.

Narcotics Anonymous
http://www.glana.ca

Mutual support groups to avoid the use of addictive substances or any other mood-altering substances

MADD Canada. Huron/Bruce Chapter
http://maddchapters.ca/huronbruce/

National network of concerned citizens committed to stopping the crime of impaired driving * lobbies government * operates school outreach, public awareness campaigns * offers victim assistance programs * Project Red Ribbon and Candlelight Vigils supporters display ribbons on car antennas, mirrors and door handles as a commitment to safe and sober driving * campaign 911

ConnexOntario Health Services Information
http://www.connexontario.ca

Telephone service providing confidential information about addiction, mental health and problem gambling resources in Ontario, including how to access them

Web chat with information and referral specialist available * email form available on website * operated by ConnexOntario Health Services Information

ConnexOntario Health Services Information
http://www.drugandalcoholhelpline.ca

Confidential information and referral service providing detailed descriptions of drug and alcohol treatment resources in Ontario, including how to access * maintains data and statistics about the addiction treatment system in Ontario * Web chat with information and referral specialist available * also accessible daily 24 hours through email (via form on website)

Web chat with information and referral specialist available * operated by ConnexOntario Health Services Information

Alcoholics Anonymous
http://www.centralwest3district4aa.org

Fellowship of men and women * primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety * share their experiences, strengths and hopes * group fosters coping skills to solve their common problems and recover from alcoholism

Can attend online meetings at: http://aaonline.net

Notes: OS=Open Speaker Meeting (Visitors welcome); C=Closed Meeting (AA members only); OD=Open Discussion; W=Wheelchair Accessible

Monday 10:30 am – Shifworker Group – C – Parkview United Church, 470 Ontario St., Stratford
7:00 pm – Stratford Women’s Group – C,W – Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford (in boardroom – parking off Huntingdon)
7:30 pm Big Book Study Group – C,W – Hospital Downstairs, 267 Queen West, St. Marys (main entrance)
8:00 pm First Step Group – C,W – Last meeting of the month OS – St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 9 Douro St., Stratford

Tuesday 8:00 pm – Big Book Study Group – C,W – Hospital Downstairs, 267 Queen West, St. Marys (main entrance)
8:00 pm – Stratford Group – OD, W – Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford

Wednesday 10:30 am – Shiftworkers Group – C – Parkview United Church, 470 Ontario St., Stratford

Thursday 10:00 am – Discovery Meeting – C,W – St. Marys United Church, 85 Church St. S., St. Marys
7:00 pm – Shiftworkers Group – C – Parkview United Church, 470 Ontario St., Stratford

Friday – 10:30 am – Shiftworkers Group – C,W – Parkview United Church, 470 Ontario St., Stratford
8:00 pm – New Hope Group – OS, W – Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford

Saturday – 10:30 am – Shiftworkers Group – C (Last Saturday of the month OS) – Parkview United Church, 470 Ontario St., Stratford
7:00 – Saturday Night Live Group – C, W (Birthdays 3rd Sat of month OS) -St. James Anglican Church, 65 Church St. S., St. Marys

Sunday – 10:30 am – Sunshine Group – OD, W – Stratford Optimist Club, 72 Water St., Stratford
7:30 pm – New Dawn Group – OD,W – Friendship Centre, 55 Montreal St., Mitchell

Wed meeting for shift workers Group C is held at: Parkview United Church, 10:30 am, 475 Ontario St, Stratford, 519-271-7755

ConnexOntario Health Services Information
http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca

Confidential telephone, chat, and email information and referral and listening service providing detailed descriptions of mental health services and supports in Ontario, including how to access them

  • information about community-based counselling services and supports
  • strategies to meet goals
  • support
  • basic mental illness education

Web chat with information and referral specialist available * operated by ConnexOntario Health Services Information

Choices for Change: Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselling Centre
http://www.choicesforchange.ca

Community-based agency offering:

* professional counselling
* resources and support for the treatment and prevention of substance abuse and problem gambling/gaming
* assessment and community counselling for individuals experiencing difficulties with either their own or a loved one’s substance use or gambling/gaming behaviour

Main offices in Stratford and Seaforth with outreach offices in many locations throughout Huron County and Perth County as well as in all Huron/Perth Secondary schools.

Choices for Change: Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselling Centre
http://www.choicesforchange.ca

Community-based agency that provides professional counselling, resources and support for the treatment and prevention of substance abuse and gambling. Assessment and community counselling for individuals experiencing difficulties with either their own or a loved one’s substance use or gambling/gaming behavior.

Main offices in Stratford and Goderich with outreach offices in many locations throughout Huron County and Perth County as well as in all Huron/ Perth Secondary schools.

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca

Advocates with and provides programs and services for people with mental disorders * enhance, maintain and promote the mental health of all individuals

Services include: community support programs including case management, concurrent disorders and court support services, peer support programs, family support programs, education, volunteering and supported housing program

Canadian Mental Health Association
http://www.cmha-hp.on.ca