Drug Abuse

Drug abuse does not refer to just illegal drugs and narcotics. A dependency on any form of drug, including prescription and over the counter drugs, with harmful or negative side effects can be considered drug abuse. Often, those who abuse drugs may not realize how dependent they are. That’s because repeated drug use can cause changes in the brain, which affects self-control and inhibit a person’s ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. It becomes a physical condition in the body and many people cannot stop their drug use despite wanting to. Drug abuse can be scary and isolating, for both the person taking the drugs, as well as their family, friends and loved ones. It can also have serious health and well-being consequences, affecting work, family, money, and school, as well as have long-lasting legal consequences. We are here to help. If you aren’t sure if drug use has turned into abuse, or if you have questions or concerns about drug addiction, please click on the resources listed below.

You are not alone. Connect with others who may be going through the same thing, find professional help and resources near you. The Kinjunxion community is here to help.

Resources in ,


drug addiction

Substance Abuse

Overcomming Sexual Abuse

Prevention of Child Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Sober and Drug Free Singles

Ending Child Abuse

Celebrate Recovery

A 12-step program for all hurts, habits, and hang ups that include but are not limited to:
* alcohol and drug addictions
* physical, sexual and emotional abuse
* anger, food addictions, sexual addictions

Program location:
* Compass Point Bible Church

Halton Regional Police Service - Elder Abuse Enquiries / Reporting - Oakville - Headquarters

Working in partnership with community service agencies, the HRPS' Elder Services Unit responds and assists seniors and their families in a number of key areas, including:

* issues of neglect
* financial abuse
* physical and/or psychological mistreatment

To deter and prevent the perpetuation of crime against seniors living and working in the community, the Halton Regional Police Service Elder Services Unit offers a series of topical presentations to older adults, their families and service providers.

HRPS' Elder Services Unit consists of three Seniors Crime Investigators, an Elder Services Coordinator, District Community Response Officers and the Victim Services Unit.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre - Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Program

Provides preventative services, intake/intervention, assessment and treatment, planning and education awareness programs in the areas of alcohol, drug and solvent abuse using a holistic approach.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre - Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Program

Provides preventative services, intake/intervention, assessment and treatment, planning and education awareness programs in the areas of alcohol, drug and solvent abuse using a holistic approach.

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Woman Abuse Program

Offers trauma informed support to women and children who have been exposed to abuse, violence and/or trauma within a non-judgmental, inclusive environment in which they can increase their knowledge and understanding of woman abuse, and explore the options, resources and supports available.

Services offered:
Woman Abuse Counselling
Children's Counselling
Partner Assault Response (PAR)
Learning Effective Anti-Violence in Families (LEAF)

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Elder Abuse / Neglect

Provides intensive case coordination with an in-depth, personalized, flexible and creative approach. Specializes in elder abuse, including physical, psychological/verbal, financial, neglect or self-neglect. Service is free and confidential.

Nina's Place - Regional Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre - Joseph Brant Hospital

If you have experienced recent sexual assault or domestic violence, go to Joseph Brant Hospital Emergency Dept and ask for Nina's Place

If you were assaulted within the last 2 years, and you would like counselling, contact the Nina's Place trauma informed Social Worker at 905-681-4880

A sexual assault/domestic violence crisis centre providing specialized health care to any survivor who has experienced a recent sexual assault and/or domestic violence
* specially-trained nurses are on call Mon-Sun 24 hours

Major services:
* a physical exam and treatment of any physical injuries
* testing and prevention for possible pregnancy
* testing and preventive treatment of sexually transmitted infections
* crisis intervention
* risk assessment and safety planning
* documentation and/or photographing of any injuries
* collection of forensic evidence of the assault for 6-month storage or immediate release to police
* providing information about navigating the legal system and reporting options
* follow-up medical care, counselling and referral to community agencies
* links to community resources such as Halton Region Sexual Health Clinic, Halton Women's Place, Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS)
* a sensitivity to race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and/or abilities of individuals will be maintained
* support, welcome, and advocate for survivors of all genders, sexualities, races, abilities, religions, and cultural backgrounds
* clients may consent to all or parts of the offered care options
* clients have the choice whether to involve the police or not

Good Shepherd Centres - Transitional Housing and Support Program - Women's Services

A program for women (and their children) who are survivors of violence and abuse, support workers will assist women in accessing services required to establish violence and abuse-free lives in their community.

Elizabeth Fry Society - Violence Against Women Counselling - Southern Ontario Region

Community-based general counselling, support and referral services for women and their children who have experienced abuse and/or sexual assault, including historic sexual abuse in childhood in order that they may live free of violence.

Types of counselling services include:
* Crisis/support counselling (includes safety planning; advocating providing rights information, referrals, follow-up support,
* Sexual assault counselling
* Long-term therapeutic counselling to assist women who have experienced abuse to gain a more in-depth understanding of woman abuse and empowerment and cope with the effects of violence.

Halton Women's Place - Emergency Shelter and Crisis Services - Burlington and Milton - Unpublished Address

Major Services:
* 24 hour crisis lines for abused women
* safe shelter accommodation, food, and basic personal items for a maximum of 8 weeks for abused women and their dependent children
* individual and/or supportive group counselling at the shelter
* community agency information and referral when necessary
* court support for interim custody and restraining orders
* children's services
* emergency transportation to shelter, if necessary
* depart planning
* advocacy and public education around ending violence against women
* transitional support program
* accepts donations of goods for those in the shelter and those moving from the shelter to permanent housing (see list of needs here)

Family Court Support Worker Program
* information on the family court process
* assistance in preparing for family court proceedings (documenting history of abuse, accessing Legal Aid)
* referral to specialized services and supports in the community
* safety planning
* court accompaniment to proceedings when appropriate

Schools programs
* Healthy Relationships = Healthy Communities program, for Grades 1 to 12, addresses students in an age-appropriate manner about healthy friendships, bullying and abuse, and domestic violence
* EngageMENt 'male ally' program is a conversation-based 8-week program led by a male facilitator that guides male students through discussion around popular and sports culture, through a gender lens, and discusses what 'healthy masculinity' means, wrapping up by planning an experiential or service learning initiative (participants may receive up to 15 volunteer hours toward their Community Involvement requirement)

Good Shepherd Centres - Learning Effective Anti-Violence in Families - Mary's Place

Program is aimed at children who witness domestic violence/woman abuse and provides women and children with a safe place to discuss the impact of abuse on their lives.

ROAD Youth Recovery - ROAD Youth Recovery, Burlington location - Burlington location

A drop-in program for individuals dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
* youth-led and youth-voiced meaning all participating members are given an opportunity to share their ideas and vote on decisions
* participants cultivate life skills, opportunities, and confidence that will aid in their overall recovery

Activities include:
* weekly topics of discussion aimed at meeting recovery needs
* participation in 4 community events per year
* monthly recreational activities like community outings and workshops
* new members can join any time * no set start dates or wait times