Recovery Day Ottawa


Join with us for the official Recovery Day Ottawa celebration in the National Capital at Ottawa City Hall.

During the month of September, Canadians are gathering to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

We envision a world in which recovery from addiction is a common, celebrated reality - a world where all individuals will have access to the support they need when seeking help.

We believe by speaking out as people living in recovery, or as family, friends and supporters of those affected by addiction, we save lives.

Through our personal stories and shared experience, we hope to inspire others to join us. Together, we demonstrate the power and proof of recovery from addiction.

Ottawa Addictions Access and Referral Services

Ottawa Addictions Access and Referral Services (OAARS) are a starting point for people 16 years and older who are concerned about their substance use and want to understand and discuss treatment options. Our main goal is to help people navigate the addictions treatment system so they can find the solutions they need and the treatment option that is right for them or their loved ones. We conduct screening and assessments, offer referrals, and provide information, support and guidance.

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Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario

Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario is a non-profit,  family support organization for parents and caregivers whose children, youth or young adults up to age 25 are dealing with mental health and/or addiction challenges.


PLEO was incorporated in 2000 and has been supporting parents ever since. We are recognized in the community as the family voice for child and youth mental health and addiction. PLEO launched a Telephone Helpline in September, 2012 with the funding support of the United Way and the Champlain LHIN.


PLEO represents families through its participation in the Ottawa Community Suicide Prevention Network and its steering committee, The Ottawa Collaborative Initiative of the Ministry of Health; and the Ottawa Integrated Plan of Care steering committee, the Addictions and Mental Health Network of the Champlain LHIN (AHMN) and its Family Advisory Committee,  with Lead Agencies for Moving on Mental Health Initiative of the Ministry of Children and Youth within the Champlain LHIN and participates on various committees and parent and youth resource groups.  PLEO is a  member of the  Community Mental Health Strategic Planning Committee for Children, Youth & Families in Prescott Russell .


PLEO works collaboratively with the major mental health service providers in the region, including the Royal, CHEO, Crossroads Children’s Centre, Youth Services Bureau, Centre Psychosocial, Rideauwood, Roberts/Smart Centre, Youth Justice, Maison Fraternité, the Youville Centre and St. Mary’s in Ottawa.  In Renfrew county  partnered with the Robbie Dean Family Counseling Centre and Addictions Treatment Service, Renfrew Victoria Hospital.  In Lanark with Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth.


PLEO also works with other family support organizations such as the Schizophrenia Society, Hopewell Eating Disorders, NAMI and the Borderline Personality Support Group.


In 2011, PLEO partnered with Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH), a similar organization but with a provincial scope, ensuring that the Ottawa and Regional community’s voice is heard at the provincial level. PLEO is the Ottawa Chapter of PCMH.

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Ottawa Maberly Addiction Rehabilitation Residence

The goal of Ottawa Maberly Addiction Rehabilitation Residence is to provide treatment that is based on mutual respect and a dignified quality of care. We custom tailor each client’s program to meet their specific needs. Our rural, 8-bedroom facility offers a safe and tranquil setting where you will experience the right balance of program-specific time and individual downtime, allowing you to reflect and recover.

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Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial, and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy.

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Rideauwood Addiction & Family Services

Rideauwood opened in 1976 with a 3 year pilot start-up grant from Health Canada. Following that, partial support from the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH), as well as fees for service, funded the agency until 1986. That year the MOH provided funding to support services at a consistent level and eliminate fees. At that time we were funded to provide 4 programs and services to approximately 450 clients yearly. However, the demand for services rises every year. Since 1993, although our MOH funding base has remained substantially the same, we have worked hard to reduce waiting lists and pilot new programs. At the time of posting, we now provide 14 programs and services for approximately 2300 clients yearly. These programs have been brought into being through innovative strategic planning and fund raising, restructuring of services, and community partnerships.

The organization is able to offer a broad range of expertise, solid experience and innovative planning. The ability to develop programs which respond to changing needs benefits from longevity of staff, and contributes to it. Our low staff turnover also ensures continuity of service, experience and wisdom. Our steady growth ensures an influx of new employees who bring fresh ideas to the agency.

Rideauwood has entered into many successful partnerships in the community, with schools, community health centres, hospitals, Ontario Works, the justice system including police and corrections, and several residential and non-residential mental health and other agencies.

Rideauwood is a charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, representing the community it serves. Its elected members include professionals from education, business, government, legal, and law enforcement, former clients and family, and other interested citizens who guide the agency and ensure good stewardship, accountability, responsiveness and service quality.

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Celebrate Recovery

(CR) is a Christ-centred, purpose-driven recovery program grounded in the teachings of the Beatitudes. The 12 steps and their Biblical comparisons are presented as steps toward overcoming hurts, hangups and habits living forward-looking and joy-filled lives in relationship with God, ourselves and others. The fundamental difference between Celebrate Recovery and traditional 12-step programs is that we identify with our solution, Jesus Christ instead of the ever-spanning list of issues in our lives. We meet every Monday night, 52 weeks of the year at Woodvale Pentecostal Church.

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SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, not-for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. SMART Recovery is not a spin-off of Alcoholics Anonymous.  No one will label you an “alcoholic”, an “addict” or “diseased” nor “powerless”, and if you do not believe in a religion or spirituality, that’s fine, too. We teach common sense self-help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle.  When you succeed at following our approach, you may graduate from the program, or you may stay around to help others.

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Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre

When you stop using alcohol or other drugs, you can experience uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms; this is known as withdrawal. Your symptoms may be mild or more severe depending on the substance, the amount used and how long you’ve been using it. Physical symptoms may include sweating, a racing heart, palpitations, muscle tension, tremors/shakes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Emotional symptoms can include anxiety, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, depression and inability to concentrate.
If you are looking for support for withdrawal, the Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre (OWMC) will be able to help. We provide supervised support, in both official languages, for withdrawal from drugs and alcohol through residential, day and community outreach programs. All services are completely FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. They are geared toward individuals who:

  • are 16 years of age or older
  • are medically stable
  • are intoxicated or experiencing withdrawal symptoms or at risk of relapse
  • want to stop using one or more substances

When it comes to withdrawal programs, there is no such thing as a one size fits all. If you don’t see what you need on this website, please call the Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre for help. Our staff will guide you to the right service for your circumstances.

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Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres. Our mandate is simple: to get more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment resistant mental illness. The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research is proudly affiliated with the University of Ottawa. The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds that support The Royal’s work. The Royal places a sharp focus on awareness building through the You Know Who I Am campaign and the DIFD youth initiative.

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Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres

The Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres  (OATC) were founded in 1995. At that time, treatment for opioid agonist therapy, utilizing methadone, was extremely under-serviced and those seeking treatment often were forced to travel hundreds of kilometers to seek care.

Today, OATC services over fifty communities throughout Ontario, treating over ten thousand patients daily. Our staff is highly dedicated to ensuring optimal care and great effort is made toward encouraging long term sobriety from all illicit substances. While the goal may be abstinence for some, OATC focuses on a model of harm reduction. This is not a new concept. Quite simply, it promotes the notion that left untreated, drug addiction causes many harmful outcomes included victimization, overdose, incarceration, relationship financial struggles and even death. Harm reduction principles seek to engage individuals in therapy using a non-judgmental approach in an attempt to motivate individuals to a healthier life style.

In addition to treating opioid addiction (painkillers such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl, etc), we have taken steps to further our reach by treating other addictive substances at some of our locations (nicotine, cocaine, alcohol, marijuana) as well as offering therapy to some of the unfortunate medical consequences of addiction, such as Hepatitis C and HIV care.

We are proud of what we have accomplished over the last two decades. OATC has helped save the lives of many who might have otherwise become victim to untreated addiction. We are grateful to our community supporters as well as the many social agencies that have helped to promote our long term existence.  Above all, however, we are especially encouraged by those who have attended our Centre and have climbed that often unforgiving mountain, reclaiming the life was so ruthlessly stolen from them while in the throes of addiction.

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One of ten Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHAC), the award-winning Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health provides a wide range of medical clinics, social services and support, and youth programs for Ottawa’s 40,000+ Indigenous people.

All services are based on implementing best practices for community health care, and Wabano also incorporates the teachings, culture, and traditions of Indigenous people. This unique approach is what makes Wabano special.

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Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, we provide direct service to more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 120 communities.

L’Association canadienne pour la santé mentale (ACSM) a été fondée en 1918. Il s’agit d’une des plus anciennes organisations bénévoles du Canada. Chaque année, elle fournit des services directs à plus de 100 000 Canadiens grâce aux efforts combinés de plus de 10 000 bénévoles et employés travaillant dans plus de 135 collectivités d’un océan à l’autre.

As a nation-wide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.

L’Association canadienne pour la santé mentale est un organisme bénévole oeuvrant à l’échelle nationale dans le but de promouvoir la santé mentale de tous et de favoriser la résilience et le rétablissement des personnes ayant une maladie mentale. L’ACSM accomplit ce mandat par la défense des droits, l’éducation, la recherche et les services.

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Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH)

Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH) is an organization that provides health care to the homeless and street communities.   OICH was created by the organizations who serve the homeless in Ottawa. In the summer of 1998, a group of managers who operated programs for the homeless met to discuss growing concerns about the health needs of people who were chronically homeless

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Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) provides public health programs and services to individuals and communities while advocating for public policies that make our city and its residents healthier. OPH is a teaching health unit and works with all post secondary educational institutions in the area.  

OPH is governed by the Board of Health, which is comprised of elected members of City Council and public members. The legal obligations and authority for public health in Ontario are established under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Ontario Public Health Standards and Organizational Standards establish the requirements for fundamental public health programs and services. OPH services are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the City of Ottawa and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


All Ottawa’s communities and people are healthy, safe and actively engaged in their well-being.


In partnership with the people and communities of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health improves and advocates for health and well-being through prevention, promotion and protection.

Strategic priorities

  • Inspire and Support Healthy Eating and Active Living
  • Foster Mental Health in Our Community
  • Enhance Collective Capacity to Reduce Preventable Infectious Diseases
  • Develop an Adaptive Workforce for the Future
  • Advance Healthy Public Policy

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Options Bytown

Since 1989, Options Bytown has provided permanent homes and support services for people who need help to live independently.

It operates three apartment complexes in central Ottawa that house 128 men and women.

Options Bytown also supports hundreds of tenants living in buildings owned by the two largest social housing providers, Ottawa Community Housing and Centretown Citizens Ottawa.

Some of the services Options Bytown offers include; housing case management, prevention of evictions, crisis intervention, referrals to various community resources, lifeskills training, social and recreational activities, computer training and health and nutritional counselling.

Options Bytown is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The board manages a number of policy committees including finance, fundraising, new development, and human resources.

Options Bytown is funded by the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

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