Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Services
Drug, alcohol use and gambling can create problems in your family life, work situation, financial stability, physical health and emotional health. We offer services for youth and adults who are experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use (both illegal and prescription drugs) or gambling. Family members who are affected by the drug and alcohol use can also access services.
We offer services without judgement based on your goals and we tailor your services to your needs. We also provide drug and alcohol assessments to help you understand your addiction. These assessments can be useful to help you access treatment centres throughout the province.
Children and Youth
Counselling is available for children of any age at our office. We provide off-site brief services to youth to select schools in North Bay, West Nipissing, and Mattawa. Family counselling is also available for the youth and parents.
Adults can expect to receive services, including professional recommendations, support and counselling for substance use and related issues, referrals to residential treatment facilities in Ontario, group counselling for relapse prevention, and referrals to other community resources, if needed.
It is difficult coping with a family member who is struggling with problem substance use. Family members are eligible to receive one on one counselling or group sessions to provide the tools and strategies to learn to cope with the substance use and family dynamics.
An Addiction Counsellor trained in Aboriginal/First Nations/Metis cultural-specific practices is available.
Problem Gambling Treatment Services
For many people, gambling is a form of recreation. However, for some gambling can become a problem that can eventually control their lives. Assessment, Counselling and referral services are available for those aged sixteen and older (16+).
DO I HAVE A GAMBLING PROBLEM?
The Problem Gambling Severity Index is a questionnaire that will help you decide whether you need to change your gambling. Circle the answer that is true for you, and total your scores at the end.
In the last 12 months:
Have you bet more than you could afford to lose? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Have you needed to gamble with more money to get the same excitement? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Have you gone back another day to try to win back money you had lost? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Have you borrowed money or sold anything to get money to gamble? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Have you felt that you might have a problem with gambling? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Has gambling caused you any health problems, including stress or anxiety? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Have people criticized your betting or said you had a gambling problem (whether or not you thought it was true)? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Has your gambling caused any money problems for you or your household? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Have you felt guilty about the way you gamble or about what happens when you gamble? 0 Never 1 Sometimes 2 Most of the time 3 Almost always
Total score: The higher you score, the greater the risk that your gambling is a problem.
0: Non-problem gambling
1 or 2: Low risk gambling that appears to cause little or no harm.
3 to 7: Moderate-risk gambling that causes some problems
8 or more: Problem gambling that causes problems and may be out of control.
If someone close to you is affected by problem gambling, counselling services are available.