An assessment helps us understand your circumstances and helps us guide you to the services and type of help that will meet your needs. PAARC uses a standardized assessment package that most other addiction agencies use in the province of Ontario, called the ‘GAIN tools’. PAARC also uses other forms and questionnaires to help us gather information. We also want to hear from you! Your counsellor will listen to understand your unique situation. You will have an individual session with your counsellor when you will be able to talk about how substance use, gambling or gaming, or other addictions are affecting your life, and what challenges you face that make it difficult to make changes. Then you and your counsellor will discuss your goals and explore treatment options to help you meet your goals. Sometimes it is helpful for our counsellor to speak to other people, such as your physician, your employer, your probation officer, social workers, or family member. This will only be done with your written consent.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
PAARC offers a number of groups to help you, depending on what your needs are. We offer an Education Group for people who do not identify a desire for change or who are ambivalent about changing. Our Weekly Support Group is for people who need a little extra support. Our Housing and Support Programs offers life skill and learn-to-cook groups. Our Problem Gambling Program offers support groups for clients and family members. PAARC is committed to respond to the needs of our clients, and, if our clients want or need a specific type of group, we will do our best to design and offer it.BACK TO TOP
HOUSING AND SUPPORT PROGRAM
PAARC is one of several 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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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.BACK TO TOP
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 our Administrative Assistant, Management Support, to enquire – 905-629-1007, extension 227.BACK TO TOP
PAARC employs Peer Mentors, who have had their own struggles with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health concerns. Our Peer Mentors meet with clients to share their story of success and to provide motivation and encouragement to clients. Peer Mentors work with the client’s primary counsellor to provide the best care for each client.BACK TO TOP
ADDICTION SUPPORT HOUSING
PAARC works with Supportive Housing in Peel to provide housing and support for clients with substance abuse issues and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and need stable housing with support. Our workers visit clients in their apartment units or in the community. To apply for addiction supportive housing, call Supportive Housing in Peel at (905) 795-8742 and ask for the Central Intake Department.BACK TO TOP
DRUG TREATMENT COURT
PAARC works with the Elizabeth Fry Society and Justices, crown attorneys, duty counsel, and independent lawyers at the A. Grenville & William Davis Court House (Brampton Court House) to help people who are before the courts with charges related to their substance use. Once people are admitted into the drug treatment court program, we provide intensive support to help people change their lives so that they avoid further legal issues. People who are interested in this program should ask their lawyer or duty counsel to submit an application on their behalf.BACK TO TOP
NARCOTIC STRATEGY PROGRAMS
PAARC has two narcotic strategy programs, serving Mississauga, Etobicoke, and the catchment areas of the Central West Local Health Integration Network (Brampton, Caledon and north.) These programs are for people struggling with opioid use, who may or may not want to consider prescription aids to eliminate cravings for opioids.BACK TO TOP
PAARC provides consultation to other professionals who are working with people with substance use, concurrent disorders or gambling/gaming concerns, and who need support to provide integrated care. We provide consultation to other health care providers, employers, educators, and other service sector employees. If you are a professional and would like to consult with someone on our team or request a presentation, please call our Administrative Assistant, Management Support, at (905) 629-1007, extension 227.BACK TO TOP
ONTARIO WORKS ADDICTION SERVICES PROGRAM
PAARC works with the Region of Peel to help people who are unable to get or maintain employment because of substance use or concurrent disorders. Our counsellors work directly with the Region’s Employment Service Workers and see clients in the Region of Peel’s Brampton and Mississauga offices.