CMHA Grey Bruce recognizes National Addictions Awareness Week

From November 25 – Dec 1, CMHA Grey Bruce will join with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery organizations across the

CMHA Grey Bruce offers our New Directions and Choices programs within our community.

New Directions for Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Addictions provides services for adults and CHOICE’S: Drug and Counselling Services for Youth provides services for youth up to 20 years of age. Both programs provide comprehensive assessment, community treatment and follow-up. Our counsellors meet with people one to one, and appointments are provided in Owen Sound and at locations throughout Grey/Bruce. We offer groups for individuals and family members on a weekly basis in Owen Sound. All of our services are free and completely confidential.

Services within these programs:

  • Substance Use Treatment
  • Problem Gambling Treatment
  • Methadone Maintenance Treatment
  • Addiction Court Support
  • Addiction Supportive Housing

We have Addictions Treatment for Pregnant and/or Parenting Mothers which is offered through New Directions.

  • Our counsellors work with moms who are pregnant and/or parenting children up to the age of six, and who are struggling with substance use issues. This program offers one to one sessions in Owen Sound and Hanover, and can include in-home visits. We work closely with doctors, hospital social workers, women’s centres and child development programs and support those clients who are involved with child protection services.

We have Concurrent Disorders Treatment Services

  • Our concurrent disorders specialists work with people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, including bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia and who are also struggling with substance use issues. We work closely with other community mental health professionals, and doctors and offer appointments in Owen Sound, Hanover, Markdale, Southampton and Kincardine.

We also have G&B House which is a 15 bed Residential Supportive Treatment and Housing Service for men, 16 years of age and over with severe and often chronic addiction issues that have not been met by less intrusive community treatment approaches.

For more detailed information visit our “Where to Begin Page” or give the following numbers a call:

  • New Directions for Alcohol, Drug & Problem Gambling: 519-371-1232
  • CHOICES Drug and Counselling Services for Youth: 519-371-5487
  • G&B House: 519-376-9495

This years’ theme for National Addictions Awareness Week is Stigma Ends with Me, highlighting how individuals can take steps to end the stigma associated with substance use and addiction and its impact on the well-being of people touched by this health issue.

To help, CMHA is sharing three steps every person can take to address stigma:

1) Use person-first language which focuses on the individual, not on the substance use. Language used is an important factor in reducing stigma and breaking down negative stereotypes associated with substance use disorders. By using non-stigmatizing language, those who are experiencing challenges may experience fewer barriers to accessing supports.

2) Share your experience. Research shows that when individuals hear positive personal stories of hope and recovery, it breaks down barriers about mental health problems and mental illnesses and can change attitudes and behaviours. If you are comfortable, sharing your story of substance use and the challenges of recovery can help educate others and overcome stigma.

3) Take time to self-reflect. Our life experiences and societal influences form our sense of identity and how we think about other identities. Self-reflection is the process of deliberately paying attention to our experiences and behaviours, understanding how our meanings of the world are formed, and noticing the role these play in decision-making. Experiencing this process of reflection and learning one’s own biases, privilege, and roles, can be a challenging practice, and create feelings of stress and discomfort; but it is crucial in reducing stigma towards oneself and others.

NAAW is an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about substance misuse, prevention, and treatment. In Canada, it is estimated that approximately 21 per cent of the population (roughly six million people) will meet the criteria for addiction in their lifetime.