Spring Newsletter 2022

Are Your Stakes Too High?

With Ontario set to open its online gambling market this spring, the lower-risk gambling guidelines become even more important:

Guideline 1: Gamble no more than 1% of household income

Guideline 2: Gamble no more than 4 days per month

Guideline 3: Avoid regularly gambling at more than 2 types of games

Click here to learn more about these guidelines produced by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

If you are concerned about your own gambling or that of someone you care about, please reach out for help. Rideauwood counsellors offer compassionate and expert group and individual treatment for people struggling with gambling.

There is currently no waiting list for Rideauwood’s Gambling Program.

Rideauwood’s professionally-led problem gambling counselling group is the only active one in the region right now.


Step into Spring with Team Rideauwood

If you enjoy walking or running, Rideauwood’s upcoming event is for you!

For many Rideauwood clients and alumni, exercising regularly is a way of supporting their substance use health. And now it’s also a great way to support people in your community in need of addiction treatment, prevention and education services.

Join Team Rideauwood for this year’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend for fun, fitness and fundraising. You can participate virtually throughout the month of May or in-person on the May 28th weekend in downtown Ottawa.

To learn more, visit: Rideauwood.org/team

Interested in participating, but can’t afford the entry fee? Good news – an anonymous donor is willing to cover the cost for you to participate! Connect with us if this opportunity is for you.


Can You Imagine a Medical System Beyond Stigma?

Whether its deploying addiction counsellors to CHEO or educating future doctors about addiction treatment, Rideauwood works to reduce stigma in the medical system.

Check out this 5-minute video to see the impact of stigma and how eliminating it means better outcomes for clients. The Research Lab, part of the Sinai Health System in Toronto, collaborated with people with lived experience, clinicians and academics to create the video.


Thank You for Your 2021 Generosity

Thank you to everyone who made a gift in 2021 to support individuals and families who turn to Rideauwood for treatment, prevention and education services. Increasingly, Rideauwood relies on the generosity of donors to deliver our services, so it is with deep appreciation that we gratefully accept your support.

Rideauwood is also thankful for grants received in 2021 from:

• Resilient Communities Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation
• Emergency Community Support Fund, Government of Canada and Ottawa Community Foundation
• Local Love in a Global Crisis Fund, United Way East Ontario
• Innovation Initiatives Fund, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

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  • 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.