This program is for parents who are concerned about their teen(s), who are abusing alcohol and/or drugs. This program offers support, counselling and education to parents looking for answers.


This program helps parents:

  • Understand the progression of substance abuse from experimentation to dependency in youth;
  • Understand the relationship between alcohol, drug use and the behaviour within the context of adolescent development;
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and the effects on the family;
  • Learn practical tools to address substance abuse with their teens;
  • Manage substance abuse issues by helping to develop effective strategies and coping skills;
  • Develop Personal Recovery Plans.
  • Learn about appropriate resource available to them.


  • Telephone Intake Screening – call 613-724-4881
  • Register for The Family Spiral – 2 evening education sessions.
  • Attend P.E.A.K. – a 5 week education and counselling evening program.
  • Assessment/Treatment Planning.
  • Phase 2: 3-Day intensive program consisting of lectures, group therapy and experiential exercises (closed group).
  • Phase 3: Weekly parent support group (12 weeks) closed group. Offers ongoing support services for parents who have completed the P.E.A.K. Program. This group has a counselling and educational focus. Telephone, individual/couples and family counselling are an integral part of Phase 3. Each family’s length of treatment is set individually.

Parents who have questions and/or concerns about their teen’s substance abuse can call the Intake Line at 613-724-4881.

Family members are encouraged to join a self-help group such as Naranon, Alanon, etc.


School and Community Parent Education Sessions, by request:
Individual Parent Education Sessions cover a wide variety of subjects:

  • Helpful skills and resources;
  • The programs available at Rideauwood and other community agencies.
  • Rideauwood will design a session to meet specific needs. This service is not funded and a fee will be negotiated.

Cost: This program receives some funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Ministry for Children and Youth Services and is free for residents of Ontario. Out of province residents should call to discuss service needs and cost. As the program is only partially funded, voluntary contributions are gratefully accepted.

Our Funders/Partners for the Parent Program are: