Addiction and Trauma Services
The Ottawa Mission provides Addiction and Trauma services to men in need of support. Our programs aim to meet all of our clients’ needs, whether they want support stabilizing their lives, are seeking residential treatment, or require additional support after treatment; we provide them with the tools they need to build a better life.
Trauma often plays a role in the cycle of addiction, and in order to stop the cycle it is important to maintain a trauma-informed approach. Many of our clients have experienced pain or abuse, and addiction often serves as a coping mechanism for this pain. Part of our solution is to identify and deal with traumatic experiences, re-learning healthier coping mechanisms to try and curb addiction while also building community and re-integrating clients on their journey towards a better life.
The most important aspect in addictions services is hope of recovery. With your help, our clients are offered hope and support in their recovery. The programs we offer as part of our Addiction and Trauma Services include:
The Day Program is for men looking for education and daily support and who may be contemplating long-term treatment for their addiction. Groups are held on weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Clients may also attend drop-in counselling and other programming. While there is no intake or assessment process, participants must be clean and sober when they attend.
We have 12 beds available in the Hope Program wing of the shelter for men who are attending our Day Program. The Hope Program rooms provide residents with a greater sense of security and community than in the rest of the shelter. We do not require our Hope Program clients to practice complete abstinence from drugs or alcohol; however, they cannot be under the influence while in their Hope Program room.
For people looking to make a longer-term commitment to sobriety, we have our Stabilization Program. This program is for men who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, who have an addiction and want to maintain abstinence, stabilize their lives, and develop a healthier lifestyle. With the help of an Addictions Counselor, clients are supported to develop an individual treatment plan that will help them reach their long-term goals. This is a 30-day program with 13 beds and clients have the potential for an extension to bridge the wait time for a continued residential treatment program. To enter Stabilization, participants must be clean and sober for 24 hours.
LifeHouse Residential Treatment
LifeHouse is an intensive five-month residential treatment program for 13 men with a history of trauma and addictions. The program is housed in a downtown building away from the shelter. It consists of two phases and aims to help men heal from experiences that have contributed to substance use while supporting them in developing self esteem, alternative coping skills, and a sense of self-sufficiency.
Phase 1 – Core Treatment
The first three months of the program consist of weekly individual counselling sessions and structured therapeutic groups on weekdays (Monday through Friday). Group session topics include anxiety, awareness and management of emotions, mindfulness and yoga, spiritual development, trauma, relapse prevention, and creative healing strategies.
Phase 2 – Reintegration
In the last two months of the program, residents continue their individual counselling sessions and attend some of the core programming from their first two weeks. However, the focus in this phase may shift to pursuit of employment, education, and housing goals. Clients may work part time, volunteer to gain employment skills, or return to school during the reintegration phase. Clients are also granted occasional overnight passes to support the renewal and healing of relationships with their partner or family.
Second Stage Residential Program
Another key to successful addiction recovery is a positive living environment once treatment is completed. That’s why The Ottawa Mission now operates two Second Stage homes in the community that can accommodate a total of 11 men who have completed our LifeHouse program. Second Stage provides men with support while they repair relationships, develop outside community support, work, or attend school for up to one year after treatment. House meetings, therapeutic groups, and life skills training are essential parts of this program.
Our aftercare program plays a key role in the success of LifeHouse graduates. Individual counselling and group treatment for childhood trauma is available for up to one year following completion of the LifeHouse program.