PROGRAMS

ASSESSMENT

An assessment helps us understand your circumstances and helps us guide you to the services that will meet your needs. PAARC uses the Standardized Assessment package that most other addiction agencies use in the province of Ontario, and consists of seven questionnaires and a health form. PAARC also uses other forms and questionnaires to help us gather information. Depending on your circumstances, some questionnaires may be completed on your own, or your counsellor will guide you through the questions. You will have an individual session with your counsellor (about an hour) when you will be able to talk about how alcohol, drugs or gambling is affecting your life. Then you and your counsellor will discuss your goals and explore treatment options to help you meet your goals. Sometimes it is helpful for your counsellor to speak to other people, such as your physician, your employer, your probation office, social worker, or family member. This will only be done with your written consent.

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TREATMENT PLANNING

You have many treatment options, and you and your counsellor will discuss what options might be best for you. To have the best outcomes, it is important that you be matched to the type and intensity of treatment that is going to meet your needs. There are a variety of types of treatment for substance use and harmful gambling concerns, including short- and long-term outpatient counselling, day programs where you attend every day but go home in the evening, and inpatient treatment programs of different lengths. It is important to keep an open mind about treatment -- different approaches work for different individuals and what might have been helpful for a friend or family member may not be the best fit for you. For example, if your assessment determines that you can benefit from short-term counselling, you might choose to continue to see your counsellor at PAARC, or attend one of our groups, for your treatment. If your problem is determined to be more severe, you might choose to be referred to a more intensive program, such as an outpatient psychotherapy counselling centre, a day program where you attend every day but go home in the evening, or an inpatient treatment program where you can stay for a period of time, depending on your needs.

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REFERRALS

PAARC can offer you referrals to a wide range of services, and can help you connect with those services. For example, you might want help with parenting, or with finances. You might have legal concerns and need help from legal services. You might want to attend a program at another addiction agency or a mental health agency, or information about how to connect with a self-help group or peer support. We can help you determine if those programs are suitable for you and then help you link to those services. Sometimes you will access other services at the same time as you are attending PAARC.

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COMMUNITY WITHDRAWAL MANAGEMENT

PAARC’s community withdrawal management program offers help for people who want to stay at home while withdrawing from alcohol or other drugs and do not require the intensive support of a residential withdrawal management ('detox') centre. The program includes either day withdrawal management (offered at our office in West Mississauga daily during the week for up to three weeks) or mobile withdrawal management at your home.

When you call PAARC, we will ask you questions to determine your withdrawal management needs and the type of withdrawal management that will best help you to detoxify safely. Medical clearance may be required to ensure you are safe to participate in a non-medical setting. This program is offered through the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network’s catchment area, including west Etobicoke.

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AFTERCARE GROUP

PAARC’s aftercare group is for clients who have completed intensive community treatment or residential programs but are unable to access the aftercare services of their treatment centre. At the request of the clients attending, the group is abstinence based. Each session offers discussion and support about a specific topic. Clients of the aftercare group can also access minimal to moderate individual support from our counsellors.  The groups meets every second Wednesday evening, and clients can attend for one year. Graduates of our aftercare group can join our Alumni Group.

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ALUMNI GROUP

PAARC’s alumni group was developed by members of the aftercare group, to provide continued support of one another. The group is run by its members and meet every second Wednesday evening at PAARC’s main office location.

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EDUCATION GROUP

PAARC’s education group is for clients who do not identify a desire for change or are ambivalent about changing. Most often, the clients in our education group have been mandated to attend by the corrections system, the Children’s Aid Society, employers and insurance companies. The education group consists of one six-hour session, or three two-hour sessions, to provide education and build awareness. PAARC provides proof of attendance for those who require it.

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HOUSING AND SUPPORT PROGRAM

PAARC is one of seven agencies in a partnership that provides rent supplement and housing support to persons with severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Our workers visit clients in their apartments, at least once a week, to provide support to help clients live independently, and to help clients reach their goals.   

If you, or someone you know, are interested in this program, you can obtain an application form by contacting the lead agency, Supportive Housing in Peel, at (905) 795-8742 and ask for the Central Intake Department.

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STREET OUTREACH PROGRAM

PAARC is a partner is the Region of Peel’s Street Outreach Program. Our workers provide support for people who are homeless and who struggle with substance use. The Street Outreach team consists of workers who offer a variety of skills, including:  substance use workers, a concurrent disorders worker, Ontario Works workers, family transition workers, a public health nurse, mental health workers, and housing workers. 

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METHADONE CASE MANAGEMENT

People who take methadone often need additional support to stabilize their lives. PAARC offers specialized help for people who are taking methadone, or who are considering taking methadone as a treatment option. We work with the physician who prescribes your methadone to support you. If you are considering taking methadone, our worker will discuss the pros and cons of taking methadone with you and help you determine if methadone treatment is right for you.

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OLDER PERSONS SUBSTANCE USE AND PROBLEM GAMBLING PROGRAMS

PAARC offers assessments, case management and supportive counselling for persons aged 55 and older, in the comfort of their homes or place of residence. This program is designed for older people who need help for substance misuse or abuse, or harmful gambling, and who have mobility or other complex problems.

Presentations and educational sessions about problem gambling are provided to the community, upon request.

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COMMUNITY CONCURRENT DISORDERS PROGRAM

PAARC offers short term transitional case management (for up to 3 months) for people who have a substance use problem and a mental illness, and who experience frequent visits to hospital or who are at high risk and need extra support. If you call the crisis line frequently, if you have been unable to complete a withdrawal management program, or if you need extra support after you leave a community-based or residential withdrawal management program, you may be eligible to receive short-term transitional case management.     

FRIENDS AND FAMILY

We recognize that many people are affected when someone abuses substance or is gambling problematically. If you are a friend, a family member, or someone who is in a helping position, we will support you. Please call our Clinical Intake Worker (contact us) to schedule an appointment with a counsellor.

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MANDATED CLIENTS

You may be told that you must attend for an assessment and/or treatment by your employer, insurance company, probation officer, the courts, the Children's Aid Society, or another person or organization. You might not agree that you need to see us. We welcome you to come and speak to one of our counsellors. Together, you and your counsellor will consider why you have been referred to us and what is expected of you. In these circumstances, it is helpful for us to speak to the person who has referred you to us to give that person an opportunity to explain why they have referred you to see us -- we will only speak to this person with your written consent. It is always your choice to meet with us and participate in our programs.

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

PAARC offers presentations to community groups, employers, and other interested groups, tailored to your specific needs. If you are interested in a presentation, please contact Jennifer Maguire, Administrative Assistant, Management Support, to enquire – (905) 629-1007, extension 27.