Our Program

General Admission Criteria

A prospective client must demonstrate a desire to stop using alcohol and/or drugs.

They must have a history of symptoms which supports the diagnosis of chemical dependency, be physically and psychologically healthy enough to participation in our program, and be capable of caring for their own personal needs.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care mandates a standardized process of application for all drug and alcohol treatment agencies in the province of Ontario. Anyone who is seeking assistance would need to contact the OARRS Program.

Referral Contact Information
Ottawa Addictions Access and Referral Services
Phone 613-241-5202
Fax 613-241-2172
E-mail navigator1@mri.ca
Website http://www.montfortrenaissance.ca

This process includes

• When potential clients make 1st contact, screening begins.
• A telephone conversation is scheduled for a specific ‘Call Day’ to gather additional information.
• Acquisition of an assessment or scheduling for an assessment follows.
• A face-to-face interview is usually scheduled at this time.

Clients that are accepted into Sobriety House are admitted up to one week prior to the start date of the Core Program, this process allows the client time to settle in to their new surroundings.

Clients can stay up to one week after the core program in order to make arrangements for the transition from Sobriety House.

Initial Contact/Screening

This is the point at which the likelihood of a substance abuse problem is ascertained, the identification of general problem areas is considered, and whether further information is needed. The prospective client is then given a specific ‘Call Day’ to help determine his level of motivation.

Questions and points of consideration

• Assessment using standardized tools
• An initial contact ‘Call Day’, referrals, general phone calls, and an individual call day.
• Intake-Acceptance

Assessments can be completed at various referral agencies, withdrawal management centres, and treatment clinics throughout the province. The Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment (DART) has a listing of agencies that provide services. They can be reached at 1-800-565-9603, or by visiting their website at www.dart.on.ca.

Core Program

Many of the problems arising from substance abuse are interpersonal in nature. Group therapy provides a realistic yet “safe” setting for the acquisition or refinement of interpersonal skills.

There are a number of features associated with group therapy that promote healing cognitive and behavioural changes. Counsellors point out that they, the client, are not alone suffering with this disease, they are encouraged to develop an empathetic understanding of others, to use this understanding to develop healthy social behaviours, and practise these behaviours in a safe and supportive environment.