Supports for Families
Information about free services and supports in Toronto for family and friends.
Parent Support Group
A one night a week, four-week course that provides an opportunity to learn about: alcohol and other drugs, adolescent behaviour, parenting styles, and communicating skills for negotiating with your teens.
Adult information Night
A one evening, two-hour seminar for parents and other adults who want to know more about substance use and its effects. Attend and gain an understanding of alcohol and other drugs, and the ways they may affect the mind and body. Information discussed includes adolescent development and the factors that put some youth at a much higher risk of developing drug and alcohol problems than others. Learning the signs of drug use and what you can do to reduce the chances your teen will turn to drugs or reduce the risk of dependency. Find out what parenting styles work and how to help your kids.
Family Resource Centre I 416-535-8501 ext. 4015
This space provides support, understanding, education, coping strategies and opportunities to meet with other families facing addiction and mental health issues. The service is offered to families, friends, clients, students and the general public. The service provides information about CAMH and other community resources, a lending library of books and videos and access to internet information.
Family Addictions Services I 416-535-8501 ext. 2105
Provides treatment and support services to anyone who is concerned about someone else’s substance use. The person of concern may or may not be in treatment at the CAMH. Service is provided in both group and individual formats. Educational workshops and consultation are also provided. Family or couple counselling is provided to clients of CAMH and their family members.
Young Carers I 416-364-1666 ext. 231
The Young Carers Program supports children and youth (5-18) who have assumed a significant care-giving role for a family member coping with a mental health or substance use issue, a physical or developmental challenge, a chronic or life-threatening illness, or a language barrier. The Young Carers Program offers activities and programs throughout Toronto that provide recreational, social, educational and skill development opportunities for young carers, thereby connecting them with peers and giving them time to just have fun.
PAD has a range of resources for parents to approach the issues related to alcohol, marijuana and other drugs with their children. For parents who have concerns about a son or daughter’s use of drugs, PAD has resources available including the Parent & Community Handbook.
Support Group I 416-255-7359
An open support group for families/friends on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. New members are invited to arrive at 5:30 to meet the family counselor and other new members. Each night includes a talk about a different area of interest; some topics include:
- Understanding substance use/gambling and their impact on families
- Taking care of yourself when someone you care about has a problem
- Finding and using support
- Staying safe and handling crises
- Acknowledging what has been lost
- Effective communication
- Setting limits
- Finding hope again
Family Support Program I 416-921-0953
Offers a five-week support group for the families of people struggling with a substance use issue. This is an educational support group where various topics are discussed related to substance use and the family.
Family Support Group I 416-461-2010
The Family Support Group deals with the impact of someone else’s substance use on family members. The program helps family members identify family issues and how to deal with them. The program runs every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. No appointment necessary.