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