Erie St. Clair LHIN Invests in Programs
to Help Young Adults with Addictions
WINDSOR/ESSEX – Approximately 30 per cent of Ontarians will experience a mental health and/or substance abuse problem at some point in their lifetime. This statistic comes as no surprise to the Erie St. Clair LHIN and is one of the many reasons that they are investing $150,000 in new funding to secure the Young Adults with Addictions Day and Residential program at Brentwood Recovery Home.
Brentwood’s 21-day program, which is based on complete abstinence, is designed to help young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 who are suffering from alcohol addiction or other substance abuse problems. Those who are under the age of 16 may also attend the program provided there is consent from the parent, guardian, or Children’s Aid Society. Although many have homes to return to, a significant proportion of the young adults the program serves are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as at risk of leaving school prematurely.
Brentwood receives referrals from a variety of sources including family members, schools, Children’s Aid Society, family physicians, the CCAC Mental Health & Addiction Nurses, and from direct youth self-referral. Over the past three years, Brentwood has established the program to include support from a medical team, nursing, psychiatry, social workers, and alumni.
By making this investment, the Erie St. Clair LHIN is able to better help ensure that young people with addictions can access local services and thereby reduce the need to leave the region for specialized residential treatment. The investment will also help to reduce addictions-related repeat emergency department visits.
“There are few things scarier for a young adult than coming to grips with the reality that they have an addiction problem and need to find help. During this difficult time in their life, it is assuring to know that a caring organization such as Brentwood is there to open their doors and help. The LHIN investment is a way to help ensure that in dark times, those with addictions can see Brentwood as a light at the end of the tunnel.”
– Gary Switzer, CEO, ESC LHIN
“The suffering caused by teenagers abusing drugs affects themselves, their families, friends, education, opportunities, community, and even their long-term goals. The late Father Paul Charbonneau, always felt that our adolescents with the beginnings of addiction were “slipping through the cracks”. We are encouraged that the Erie St. Clair LHIN has recognized the need and made this long-term commitment to our community.”
– Dan Soulliere, Executive Director, Brentwood Recovery