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Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing

Group Name: Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing

Description: As with everything there is a beginning, a middle and an end. The history of Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP) actually comes in the middle. The beginning, of course, was the tragically early demise in 1994 at age twenty of our youngest daughter, Jennifer Caroline. After five years of struggling to overcome addictions, her body said,”enough” with a final misdose of heroin. There are many excellent support organizations that help grieving parents, partners, siblings and children in all manner of deaths but not one to address the addictions of substances whether it is alcohol, prescriptions or illicit drugs. To many it is not realized or accepted that addictions are as much a disease as any other medical illness. A misconception is that overdose deaths are suicides. In most cases this is simply not true. With this in mind, coupled by needing to be specific, plus helping others to cope with all that grief entails, the name became – Grief Recovery After Substance Passing or GRASP.

Some may ask: “What difference does it make? Help is help. Sympathy is sympathy.” Those who know, will answer: “The difference is in the faces of other parents.” The shifting to space themselves apart physically and emotionally. The silent response…. or even….. The spoken, “My child was good and didn’t deserve to die!” Which implies that all those who succumb to drugs of varying kinds deserved to leave this earth? And family — especially parents — must be as bad (oh yes, imperfect parents) to have seen and allowed this death to happen. At the meeting one can find solace, support and empathy among friends and family of people who share the same experience. There is no fees and it is a peer to peer group.

Where: 8502 E. Chapman Avenue, #156 | Orange, CA 92869

When: Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Please contact for Toronto meeting location

Contact: Andrea Rokis 647-274-3224 | grasptoronto@gmail | www.grasphelp.org

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Substance Use and Mood Disorders

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Substance Use and Mood Disorders

Description: The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. They provide drop-in peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and online tools focused on wellness and recovery.

A non-judgmental drop-in peer support group for anyone living with a concurrent disorder (the combination of mood disorders and substance use/addiction issues). We welcome folks in all stages of wellness and recovery, meaning the group is open to both those who are currently using and those who are abstaining. (However, we do require sober attendance). The groups are confidential, free, and require no referral or pre-registration.

Where: 602-36 Eglinton Avenue W. | Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

When: The first and third Sunday of each month, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-486-8036 | 1-866-486-6663 | www.mooddisorders.ca

Fred Victor – Concurrent Disorder Support Services

Group Name: Fred Victor – Concurrent Disorder Support Services

Description: Fred Victor is a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto.
Every day, more than 1,000 people use our programs and services. And each person who comes through our doors is experiencing poverty or homelessness. Our many programs and services, located at 10 different sites across Toronto, help people rebuild their lives.

Concurrent Disorder Support Services (CDSS) offers a high-degree of support to its clients by helping them fast-track and navigate the system. Eligibility for CDSS is by referral from a medical practitioner or community-based agency that is working with an individual. Although CDSS encourages referrals through clients’ pre-existing service providers, CDSS also works with people who are new to the system. To be eligible, the person must:

  • be 16 years or older
  • have a co-occurring mental health disorder and be actively using one or more substances
    have other challenges affecting social welfare, such as homelessness, disability, cognitive impairment or history of trauma

Once accepted into the program, individuals are referred to a partner or external agency for a range of services, including case management, addiction medicine, psychiatric consultation, addiction stabilization, mental health counselling, housing access help and much more.

Where: 59 Adelaide Street East, 6th Floor | Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

When: Every Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-364-8228 Ext. 3311 or 3365 | cdss@fredvictor.org | fredvictor.org

Jean Tweed Centre – Pregnant and Parenting

Group Name: Jean Tweed Centre – Mom & Kids Too (MK2) Program

Description: Since its founding, the Centre has evolved and grown to become a leading community-based substance abuse and problem gambling agency for women in Ontario. The Centre offers a wide range of services including residential and day programming; two day programs now exist – one 3 weeks and one 7 weeks for mothers with young children. They also offer out-patient programs including family and trauma counseling, and outreach services in various locations across the city for pregnant and parenting women. Most recently, they have added a second outreach service to women who have mental health and substance use problems as well as involvement in the criminal justice system.

Are you pregnant? Are you parenting young children (6 years and under)? Is your substance use a concern? Another option you may want to consider is our Mom & Kids Too (MK2) program. MK2 is offered three days a week, for seven weeks. It also starts later and ends earlier than most day programs and includes participation in:

  • small groups with other mothers focusing on effective parenting
  • attachment activities with your child in our child development centre
  • larger integrated workshops with women from the day/residential program.

Women with children in care, who plan to parent in the near future, may also find this program helpful.

Where: 215 Evans Avenue | Toronto, ON M8Z 1J5

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-255-7359 | info@jeantweed.com | www.jeantweed.com

Black Creek Community Health Centre – Bridges to Moms

Group Name: Black Creek Community Health Centre – Bridges to Moms

Description: BCCHC is a non-profit community based organization that provides health care services in a holistic manner and works with people to create safe and healthy communities. We are funded by the Central Local Health Integrated Network (Central LHIN) and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Are you a pregnant or parenting mom with substance use issues? We can help. Using a harm reduction approach the program offers support for pregnant women and mothers with children 0-6 years who struggle with substance use by providing services, which include:

  • Assessment
  • Information/Referrals
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Assistance with child welfare
  • Advocacy
  • Parenting programs
  • Child development services
  • Education and consultation on issues of substance use
  • Referral to Community Opioid Treatment Program

Using a variety of approaches, our programs and services can help women and their families: Better understand the reasons for substance use and its impact on you and those around you, develop skills and strategies to support your desired lifestyle changes and goals, and receive programs and services that will support your parenting. For your confidential screening call or for more information please contact us.

Where: 2202 Jane St., Suite 5 | Toronto, ON M3M 1A4

Contact: Audrey Taylor 416-249-8000 Ext. 3237 | www.bcchc.com

Community Resource Connections of Toronto – Aboriginal Services

Group Name: Community Resource Connections of Toronto – Aboriginal Services at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)

Description: CRCT operates an active web site containing information about events, news and resources. The web site also has a searchable database of mental health services, supports and resources available in Toronto. We are working to provide a comprehensive source of information which meets the needs of consumer/survivors, family members and service providers.

In partnership with Native and non-Native agencies, Aboriginal Services provides individual and group counselling to Aboriginals experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues. Other services include: telephone counselling, consultation and education. Model of service is concurrent disorders. Average length of stay is long-term. **** Languages: English, Cree, Ojibway.

Where: 393 King Street E | Toronto, ON, M5A 1L3

Contact: 416-209-7999 | 416-482-4103 | crct@crct.org | Bob_Crawford@camh.net

Black Creek Community Health Centre – Youth Programs

Group Name: Black Creek Community Health Centre – Youth Programs

Description: BCCHC is a non-profit community based organization that provides health care services in a holistic manner and works with people to create safe and healthy communities. We are funded by the Central Local Health Integrated Network (Central LHIN) and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

These programs support youth (14-29 years of age) in their transition into adulthood. They include a variety of intervention initiatives to promote healthy lifestyle choices such as sexual health, substance use, education, employment readiness and social skills development. *** Black Creek Community Health Centre provides services to community residents who live in our service area or 20, 30 or 40 Falstaff Ave. We do not operate as a walk-in clinic. Keele – East, Humber River – West, Steeles – North, Wilson – South.

Where: 2202 Jane Street, Suite 5 | Toronto, ON M3M 1A4

Contact: 416-249-8000 | ruth@bcchc.com | www.bcchc.com

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