There is help available. Choose one that suits your needs.

What kind of professional help is there?

Ontario has a range of service types to meet different needs. These are government-funded—there is no cost to people who attend. We’ve used plain language below to describe these services, for easier understanding. Basically, these are:


Helps people get through the first period when they stop using alcohol and/or other drugs.

Live-at-home Treatment

Services that let the person continue to live at home while they receive treatment from a community organization, usually once or a few time a week, for a hour or two.

Live-in Treatment

Short- or long-term services where the person lives in a 24/7 treatment setting, for people with higher-level needs.

In North Bay and Area

Alliance Centre
Canadore College
Community Counselling Centre
Nipissing University
North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre
North Bay Recovery Home
North Bay Regional Health Centre


Children’s Mental Health Ontario
The Drug and Alcohol Helpline
Ontario 211
Good 2 Talk


On Your Own

Saying When

Developed by CAMH scientist and clinician Martha Sanchez-Craig, field-tested in Northern Ontario, available in print for 20 years, now available as a FREE app here

On-line Help

Provides access to a free on-line program that can help you look at your own drinking compared to the drinking of other people who are your gender and age, connect with professionals and on-line support groups in an anonymous on-line link, build your own plan to change your drinking, find tools on-line to help with that, and give feedback on how useful this was for you. here

Mutual Aid / Self help Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. In North Bay & Area, call 705-474-7940 (24 hrs a day). There are a wide variety of meetings, some are for particular groups of people (e.g., women)
Al-Anon and Alateen are similar groups for friends and families of problem drinkers. Locally, 705-492-8101
Narcotics Anonymous is a similar group, for people with problems with any drug, including alcohol. Locally, toll-free 866 289 3431
For information on the different mutual-aid/self-help groups in Nipissing: here