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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Maison Fraternité


"Maison Fraternité est née, en 1963, de la volonté de venir en aide à des personnes sans abri et, cela, avec compassion et respect, et sans le moindre jugement à leur égard.

Sa mission s’est beaucoup élargie depuis. Cependant, elle est toujours demeurée fidèle aux valeurs de ses origines. Elle est toujours demeurée un milieu accueillant, ouvert, et chaleureux, et elle tient à cette réputation qui ne s’est jamais démentie depuis plus de quarante ans. C’est pour cela que ses employés aiment y travailler. C’est pour la même raison que les personnes qui ont recours à ses services s’y sentent spontanément à l’aise.

Si donc votre consommation ou celle d’un proche vous cause des problèmes de quelque sorte que ce soit, n’hésitez donc pas à communiquer avec nous. Vous verrez : c’est tellement plus simple de demander de l’aide à des gens qui sont prêts à vous la donner, que d’essayer de s’en sortir tout seul. Maison Fraternité vous souhaite la bienvenue !"

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Family Services Ottawa

Family Services Ottawa (FSO) offers counselling and support services to anybody in Ottawa who needs it. No matter what it is that you’re dealing with, we’re here to listen. We offer a safe space, and will help you work through whatever is troubling you.

Our programs are run by counsellors who are highly skilled and trained in each of our service areas. Family services staff and clients who have already benefited from our services are also involved in making our programs as helpful and successful as they are. We’re here. We’re available and we’re open."

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Algonquin College Umbrella Project

The AC Umbrella Project is a student and staff centered project that provides training, workshops, education, awareness, and support services for students who use substances, and those who care for them.

Algonquin College has undertaken a two year project funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Mental Health Innovation Fund with the goal of providing resources, information, and support to help students reduce the harms of their alcohol, marijuana, and substance use following a “harm reduction” approach. This project is a collaboration between Algonquin’s Student Support Services, Partnerships and Applied Research, community partners Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and Tungasuvvingat Inuit Centre.


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Sobriety House

Sobriety House has been in operation since 1979. We are a non-profit residential, all male, addictions treatment centre. We have capacity to house 20 clients for either our 28 day program, or our 2nd stage housing for alumni. We offer ongoing after-care. If you have an issue with alcohol, and/or drugs, call us to discuss it. We are here to help.

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Proactive Pharmacy

Founded by Salah Osman, Proactive Pharmacy is a family owned and operated pharmacy that has proudly served the Bank Street South area of Ottawa since 2013. We are conveniently located at 1645 Bank Street, directly connected to the Right Direction Medical Clinic.

At Proactive Pharmacy we are dedicated to providing the highest standards of pharmacy care. Our pharmacist's, pharmacy technicians, and friendly staff are here to assist you with any concerns you may have about your health care and health related needs. 

Other interesting facts about us:

We have made a major effort to make our patient's lives easier by providing a LIVE and secure communication to our team at Proactive Pharmacy with any smart device or computer.

We have also introduced an online store to ensure that we are accommodating the needs of our patients, making Proactive Pharmacy a one-stop shop!

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MOMS - Mothers Offering Mutual Support


Mothers Offering Mutual Support


Is your loved one involved with the justice and corrections system?
How do you help them when you are in shock yourself?
Our group members are going or have gone through the same life changing experience.

Check the links above for more information about how our group may help you as you navigate the complex, puzzling and frustrating justice and corrections system.

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Minwaashin Lodge

An Aboriginal Women's Support Centre

Minwaashin Lodge provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values to ensure a holistic approach is used as part of the healing journey. 

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