Family & Friends

ADAPT offers individual and group counselling/support to those who are affected by someone else’s drinking, drug use, or problem gambling. ADAPT has found that the best way for family and friends to gain the support and knowledge they seek is to first attend one of our comprehensive workshops – individually designed with information specific to their concerns. If additional support is required after attending one of our workshops, individual counselling services can be arranged.

*The person you are concerned about does not need to be a client of ADAPT in order for you to access our services. All workshops are free and completely confidential.

Family Day Workshop (Adult)

This workshop shows individuals how to help themselves and other family and friends who are coping with the effects of a loved ones’ alcohol and/or drug use. The 4 hour long workshop examines these areas and helps attendees to understand their own role in addressing the substance use.  Loved ones gain support by sharing experiences with other families/friends in similar circumstances.

Family Day Workshops (Problem Gambling)

This workshop is designed to provide education about the effects problem gambling has on others. The workshop helps loved ones prepare themselves and other family members/friends to cope with these problems and to aid them in clearly identifying their role in addressing a gambling problem. Counselling is intended to provide assistance in effectively coping with the individual by working on relationship issues that may be related to gambling behaviour and/or gambling addiction treatment and recovery. The group format provides an opportunity for loved ones to gain support by sharing experiences with other families/friends in similar circumstances.

All information is fully confidential, and the problem gambler does not have to be a client of ADAPT for a family member or friend to attend.

Family Day Workshop (Concurrent Disorders)

A 4-hour workshop for loved ones designed to provide education about concurrent disorders treatment, recovery, and the impact these have on the family. Individuals learn ways to better support their loved one, including information on positive coping strategies for themselves.

Parent Education Group

ADAPT provides parents of youths up to age 18 with the opportunity to become involved in a 5-week discussion and education group. Its goal is to achieve a greater understanding by educating parents on the issues involved with youth and substance use, while providing strategies to help support the family. Topics include adolescent development; the role of alcohol and drugs in meeting the needs of youth; drug and alcohol education; relationship building; communication, and developing consequences and boundaries.

Opioid Friends and Family Group

This is a six-week Psycho-educational group for those concerned about the opioid use of a loved one.  Topics covered include understanding addiction, opioid outreach and treatment, building healthy relationships, understanding opioid withdrawal, treatment options, overdose prevention and self-care. Open to anyone in the community.  Call to register at 1-855-211-0898.   The program is offered three times per year from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at our Oakville office location.