Time-limited treatment in structured, substance-free, live-in environments.

Residential treatment services and supports address the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and other needs of each person who enters substance use treatment in a short- or long-term live-in setting.

These programs are best suited for people with serious substance use issues who:

  • Have increasing severity of substance use.
  • Tried non-residential substance use services without success.
  • Have low levels of social supports, including unemployment or under-employment.
  • Have significant family/relationship challenges.
  • Experience multiple relapsing events following substance use treatment.

We offer three types of residential treatment services and supports:

1. Short-term transitional access to recovery (STAR)

Short-term transitional access to recovery beds are designed to support clients requiring stabilization related to secondary detox symptoms following completion of an acute detox.

This program is for individuals who lack safe housing and would benefit from additional health and social supports or services. It offers a clinically supported, safe, structured short-stay to help improve individuals’ access to and engagement with health care and support services. 

2. Stabilization and transitional living residences (STLR)

Stabilization and transitional living residences (STLR) offer programs that vary in length depending upon client needs. These programs are for clients with serious substance use issues who:

  • Have completed withdrawal management and who may be waiting to enter an intensive residential services and supports program.
  • May have completed an intensive residential services and supports program and require further support in a safe environment.
  • May be in the process of reintegrating back into the community and require low-to-moderate services and supports in a safe, structured living arrangement, free of alcohol and illicit drugs, and are not yet ready for day programs or community substance use services.

These residences do not provide intensive residential services and supports, but provide support and safety through peer counselling, group work and structured activities. The aim of this program is to enhance the strengths and skills of people and to empower them through evidence-based treatment.

3. Intensive residential treatment (IRTs)

Intensive residential treatment offers an intensive program experience for clients with serious substance use issues within a residential setting, supported by qualified and trained health care providers. Programs include group-based and individual educational and counselling sessions, meals, recreational, social and life-skills building opportunities.

Access

Referral

Referral from a counsellor at a community substance use services clinic.

Fees

Residential treatment services and supports are not completely publicly funded and charge a daily fee to clients, which may be covered in part by income assistance, employment insurance or other funding assistance programs, if the person qualifies. Community substance use services counsellors can assist individuals with applying for funding support.