Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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St. Joseph's Care Group

Adult Addiction Programs

I Need Help For Myself

Sister Margaret Smith Centre has been an important part of many recovery stories.

We offer...

  • personalized treatment plan designed to fit each person’s unique needs
  • our integrated network of service agencies in Thunder Bay
  • treatment approaches based on Evidenced-Based, Best Practices
  • support that continues as long as it is needed

Where do I start?

1. Assessment

Addiction assessment is the first major step in treatment. The assessment will gather information about drug and alcohol use, medical conditions, withdrawal or behavioural concerns, mental health concerns, readiness for treatment and living environment. The assessment is used to develop a plan for treatment and will identify areas of strengths as well as potential road blocks.

Assessments in Thunder Bay are primarily provided by Thunder Bay Counselling - our community partner. Simply call them at (807) 684-1880 for the next available time or drop-in on Thursdays at 1:15 PM for a group info gathering session.

If you are not from Thunder Bay, contact ConnexOntario by phone 1-866-531-2600, by text 247247 to help you find the closest service in your area.

If you have any questions about this process, give us a call and we will be happy to explain!

2. Referral

After your assessment is completed, your counselor will meet with you to make suggestions for treatment. With your consent, the counselor will refer you to the most appropriate option(s) for help. Talk with them about your goals! They may recommend that you see your primary care provider if there are physical health concerns, or they may refer you to someone who can help with mental health concerns, like a psychiatrist. These types of referrals are normal and are done to help you find a road to recovery that suits you the best. Discuss any fears about the process with your counselor!

Not everyone is automatically referred to residential treatment for their drug or alcohol problem. You might find that “treatment” for you means outpatient counselling and regular doctors visits. It all depends on the severity of the problems and what you need.

Alcohol and Drug Problem severity is a continuum:

A Continuum of Use & Abuse
3. Treatment

If you have been referred to SMSC for help with your drinking or drug use, please click on the button below to learn more about us!

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