I was so depressed that I just stayed in my room and avoided my friends.

At Rideauwood I discovered that there really is strength in numbers.

I kept wondering if I had a problem WITH ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.

At Rideauwood I was able to stop asking questions and find answers.

My son was gambling a lot and my relationship with him was getting worse.

At Rideauwood I learned that my own journey was as important as his.


“Worry. I lived with it 24/7. I woke up many nights in a cold sweat wondering where my daughter was.”

“I’m a single mom and my son’s all the family I’ve got. Our relationship was great when he was little but as he got to be a teenager he got in with a group of friends and started using.”

“I lived with my Dad which was really good except when he was drinking. When he was drinking I got so stressed and worried.”


Wondering about substance use,
behavioural addictions or mental health issues?

You're not alone. We're right here.

Youth and Young Adults

Parents and Families

Rideauwood. We're specialists.

We focus on issues of substance use, behavioural addictions and mental health.
We also specialize in compassion.

With over 40 years of specializing in innovative, evidence-based treatment for substance use, behavioural addictions and mental health issues, Rideauwood is a community leader.

Rideauwood has over 40 years of expertise.

Our clients choose the approach that is right for them.

Both clients and their families are important to us.

We are a committed, caring community of professionals.

We work with our community partners to ensure everyone finds the support they need.

Our alumni are part of the Rideauwood community. We are here for them too.

“After completing the Adult Program at Rideauwood I am feeling much lighter. I am proud of the changes I’ve made.”

– Alumni, Rideauwood

There is no "right" path—only the path that you choose.

We have a wide variety of programs and approaches, and each client is empowered to choose what works best for them.

Rideauwood Community Partners

Important Notice to Clients About Coronavirus

Our world has changed over the past few days with the accelerated response to the spread of COVID-19 in Canada and, more recently, in Ottawa with yesterday’s new directive from the  Medical Officer of Health. As of Sunday March 15 (yesterday), Ottawa Public Health is asking all residents to stay in their homes unless necessary. The Medical Officer of Health specified that this is not to discourage people from being outside, but to discourage people from going into other locations or being within 2 meters of other people that are not living in your home. The purpose of that is to reduce the speed at which the virus will spread, limiting the burden on the health care system.


Here at Rideauwood, we are activating the following plans to support the evolving situation:

  • All group programs are being put on hold until further notice
  • Individual counselling services, normally offered in person will be offered via telephone or OTN, (a secure videoconferencing option). As such a staff person will be in touch with you to inform you of this change.
  • If you are a youth or a young adult wanting to access the walk-in service please call us at 613-724-4881.  Your call will be redirected to the appropriate person.


If you are registered in an upcoming group or have an appointment and have any questions, please call us at 613-724-7881.



  • If you are sick, stay at home if possible
  • If you have:
  • Returned from international travel or to a Canadian province with established local transmission and are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever and/or new worsening cough.
  • Had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days and are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 including fever and/or new or worsening cough.


Please go immediately to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at the Brewer Arena, (151 Brewer Way) open daily from 9a.m. to 8 p.m.)



  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.  Also, make sure to wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick.
  • Get your flu shot if you haven’t already done so.


For more information about COVID-19 click on the links below:


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