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St Joseph's Care Group
Youth Addictions

Provides services to educate and empower clients to make informed decisions about drug and alcohol use or gambling

Residential Treatment Program
  • Provides a five-week intensive substance abuse treatment program with the option of flexible length of stay for youth requiring further support
  • Through a strength-based philosophy, incorporates skills from dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT) with a focus on substance use education, helping youth change harmful behaviours through skill acquisition, and building on their existing strengths and capacities
  • Incorporates a harm reduction model which works to build a youth's capacity to reduce the harms and life interfering behaviours associated with substance use
  • A holistic approach is woven through the program in order to help strengthen the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual capacities of a person
  • Includes group therapy, education sessions, life skills development, leisure and recreation opportunities, an introduction to self-help groups, Aboriginal spiritual programming, and relapse prevention work
  • Multi-disciplinary team consists of addiction counsellors, youth workers, family counsellor, therapeutic recreationist, gambling counsellor, medical supports, teacher, and a spiritual advisor
  • Resource people from the community supplement the program, including mental health professionals, and Aboriginal liaisons

Community Based Services

Coordinates services with Thunder Bay Integrated Youth Programs (UTURN) to provide the following:
  • Education and screening
  • Drug and alcohol assessment
  • Brief individual counselling
  • Youth gambling
  • Early intervention program
  • Early prevention program
  • Community presentations
  • Continuing care program
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm Residence Mon-Sun 24 hours
Individuals with substance abuse problems
  • Residential Program: 16-21 years
  • Outpatient Services: 13-21 years
Priority given to Thunder Bay residents

Age Requirements: Ages: 13 year(s) - 21 year(s);
Application Process
  • Referrals will be accepted from the medical community, social service agencies, parents and self
  • Those under 16 must have consent form signed by parent or guardian
  • Call to make appointment for pre-admission interview
Fully Accessible
Legal Status
(50) Non Profit
Agency Information
211 Ontario North
   Last Updated On November 5, 2019

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