Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre is an outpatient substance abuse treatment center in Ottawa, Ontario. As one of the oldest women’s programs in Canada, Amethyst has been serving Ottawa and the surrounding areas since 1979. Its unique services are offered on an outpatient basis as Amethyst recognizes that women are not always able to go away to residential treatment programs as a result of childcare and family responsibilities. Amethyst welcomes any woman looking for a gender-specific treatment and recovery support.
Treatment and Staff
Women are typically treated at Amethyst for up to two years and each client receives an individualized treatment plan. As the first step, women meet with a counselor for an assessment. This offers the opportunity to determine whether or not Amethyst is the right fit and which components of service the client needs. Amethyst does not offer detox, but referrals can be provided if necessary.
Women typically begin with an intensive eight-day program where they attend daily group and individual therapy for six hours a day. After this introduction phase, the frequency of treatment is reduced and clients create a program of individual sessions that work around their schedule. They also participate in specialized therapeutic groups depending on their needs. These meet once or twice a week and include a six-week relapse prevention program or mother/daughter relationship workshop. Other options are an eight week or art therapy track and a 12-week sexual abuse support program. Group discussion topics include trauma, grief, parenting, healthy living and nutrition. Mental-health components include DBT, CBT and dual diagnosis support.
Amethyst employs Master’s-level therapists, case managers and childcare professionals. All therapists are female and certified in their particular area of expertise.
Treatment at Amethyst is available in both English and French and on-site childcare is offered. Family counseling is also available and clients can either attend counseling with their loved ones or separately.
There is also a children’s program, which assists at-risk youth with addiction education, support groups and coordination with school and court officials as needed.
Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre is a recovery program with a unique outpatient approach to addiction treatment for women. Emphasis is placed on building healthy relationships setting each client up with a network of support for lasting recovery. With a proven track record and a completely individualized approach to treatment for every woman, Amethyst is an asset to the Ottawa community.
Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre
488 Wilbrod St
Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre Cost: Depends on program. Reach Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre by phone at (613) 563-2995 or by email at [email protected]. Find Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter
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