Fall Newsletter 2021

Recovery Day in Your Community

On September 17, Rideauwood participated in Recovery Day Ottawa at City Hall, the annual event organized by the Community Addictions Peer Support Association. The day brought together local organizations with the goal of ending stigma and increasing compassion when it comes to people experiencing problematic substance use and addiction.

Rideauwood Counsellor Linda was at the event to answer questions people had when visiting the Rideauwood table. “It was great to re-connect with former clients and to provide info to potential clients. Stigma can be a barrier for people when it comes to reaching out for help; public awareness events like Recovery Day are so important.”


Did You Know? Back-to-School Pop Quiz

Which agency was the first in the region to introduce in-school addictions programming?

Rideauwood! In 1986, Rideauwood launched its school-based program.

Today, Rideauwood counsellors deliver programming to more than 18,000 students in 77 schools across Ottawa annually. Starting in grade seven, students participate in prevention and education sessions that cover topics such as habit formation, information on substance use, refusal skills, cannabis, and gaming and technology.

Counsellors also deliver individual counselling to students and provide support services to parents and teachers.


Your Experience Matters

Your experience has brought you to where you are today, and it can also help others. If you have had a positive Rideauwood experience, our communications team would love to hear from you.

Help Rideauwood raise awareness of services, build courage in those who might need a little motivation to reach out for help, and inspire generosity – all while Rideauwood respects your privacy.

Please email Catini at cstpierre@rideauwood.org for more information.


Working Together for You

Rideauwood is now working with Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa to help clients access peer support after they complete their Rideauwood treatment program.

“Many clients benefit from after-treatment care,” explains Colleen MacPhee, Rideauwood’s Director of Addiction and Mental Health. “Recovery is a journey – it doesn’t end when treatment ends.”

The new partnership assists Rideauwood clients in transitioning from clinical treatment to individual and group peer support programs.


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