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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."
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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 substance use or problem gambling 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.

  • Please note that due to high demand, there is a waitlist for our Adult Services. While the wait will vary depending on what program you are screened into after Intake, the wait for our Urgent Substance Use individual counselling is approximately 4 months and the wait for our Substance Use Group Programming is approximately 8 months.
  • If you are seeking more immediate services, please have your assessment done at AccessMHA. This regional assessment and referral service will be able to provide you with the most immediate treatment options in the region, as well as refer you to our Rideauwood programs as needed.
  • We are working actively to get our wait times down. If you would like to proceed to book an intake directly with us at Rideauwood, please do not hesitate to contact us using the button below.

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. Referrals come directly through the Courts system. Interested clients should discuss with their Defense Attorney and see brochure for more details.

Ottawa Early Intervention Drug Treatment Court (EIDTC)

Ottawa Early Intervention Drug Treatment Court (EIDTC) is a Pilot as part of the Ottawa Drug Treatment Court program.  Operating for the same target population as DTC, this early intervention targets individuals in early stages of justice involvement when the charge is directly related to their substance use problems, for a shorter period of treatment. Referrals come directly through the Courts system as described above for DTC.

Notice to Clients:

We are currently experiencing issues with our appointment scheduling system. This may mean that you will not be contacted by your counsellor for your scheduled virtual/telephone appointment. 

If you have an appointment today, please call our reception at 613-724-4881 to be connected to your counsellor. 

We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and apologize for the inconvenience.

Rideauwood partners with

During COVID-19, Rideauwood has partnered with other agencies through CounsellingConnect to help youth, young adults and adults who are dealing with substance use issues, or other problematic behaviour such as gambling and gaming or supporting a friend/family member who is. If you are interested in a single session to explore these issues, help is just a click away.