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George's Story
“I was a roofer for a time. One summer I hurt my back but couldn’t stop working. I had to pay my bills. So, I went to a clinic and I got a prescription for the pain. I kept working and taking the pills. Then I couldn’t stop. I got real messed up. Everything was bad. Then I found Rideauwood and after a bit I changed what I was thinking and doing. Things are better now. I am grateful.”
Paul's Story
"I was a perfect drinker. At work, I had a paycheck that said “Success” and at home, I played the “Dad” role well. No one could see (so I thought) the toll that drinking was taking on me. I was faking life and I felt so ashamed. I worked hard at Rideauwood, and eventually was able to shift how I was feeling from a dark place to a place of hope."
Brad's Story
"We were your typical group of guys. Everything was a game to us. No matter the event, one of us would go home a winner, the rest went home with an empty wallet. I loved winning more than anything. I chased it so hard I lost my job, my family and nearly lost my mind. Then I found Rideauwood. At Rideauwood I found the real reason for my gambling and made a change, for the better."

At Rideauwood we offer many program options.
We work with our clients to choose the program approach that will best help them achieve their goals.

If you are concerned about the role that substance use, behavioural addictions or mental health is playing in your life, you are not alone. After forty plus years of delivering innovative, evidence-based treatment programs, Rideauwood is a specialist in helping individuals find answers at times in their lives when they are overwhelmed by questions.

Do you have questions about substance use, behavioural addictions or mental health?

Explore your questions with our self-assessment tool.

Do I or others question whether my
substance use and/or behavioural
addictions are causing problems?
Have I experienced consequences in my life related to my substance use and/or behavioural addictions but have continued the same behaviour?
Has my substance use and/or
behavioural addiction increased
regardless of my efforts to moderate
or stop completely?
Am I a family member or caregiver of
someone affected by substance use or a
behavioural addiction?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above please contact us.

There is no “right” path-only the
path you choose.


In our education programs, we talk about the “Hows and Whys” of substance use, behavioural addictions, and mental health issues. We also discuss healthy ways to cope.

These educational sessions are tailored to different client groups.


Our prevention programs provide resources and tools to participants to increase their resilience.

Harm Reduction

Clients choose to reduce the harms related to their substance use and/or other problematic behaviours. Setting harm reduction goals helps clients minimize harms and enhance their skills and knowledge to improve their health.


Clients choose to eliminate their substance use and/or other problematic behaviours altogether. Clients develop a program path to achieve their goals.

Rideauwood has a wide variety of programs for Adults

Urgent Substance Use Treatment

Through this program, Rideauwood provides immediate prevention, education and counselling services for people with opioid related and other urgent substance use issues.

Adult Substance Free Program

This out-patient treatment program is for people who are struggling with substance use and who wish to live a substance-free lifestyle.

Rideauwood Choices and Change

Rideauwood offers this program for adults who wish to learn how to moderate their substance use in ways that are safe for them.

Problem Gambling

This program offers prevention, education and treatment to individuals to address problem gambling. Through the program they increase their understanding of the nature of gambling to see how it has affected their lives and the lives of others.

Ottawa Drug Treatment Court (DTC)

Ottawa Drug Treatment Court (DTC) supports clients with substance use issues and that have been legally charged as result. Participants receive treatment tailored to their needs while maintaining other obligations set by the Court.

Rideauwood Concurrent Disorder Program

Rideauwood partners with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to provide addiction focused treatment services for clients who have both substance use and mental health issues.

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.


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