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Community, social, health & government services
211: Ontario
Specialized provincial information & referral databases
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Information, research, references, databases on all issues related to addictions in Canada
Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment (DART)
Information and referrals
Metro Addiction Assessment & Referral Centre (MAARS) 416-599-1448
This service is provided for anyone living in the GTA and is available in English, Spanish and Cantonese

Treatment Centres

ACORN Food Dependency(Florida) www.foodaddiction.com941.378.2122
Alpha House www.alphahouserecovery.ca416.469.1700
Men   25+:  647 Broadview Avenue, TorontoResidential support house with a maximum stay of three months
Anishnawbe Health Toronto179 Gerrard St. East

225 Queen St. East

22 Vaughn Road




Day program for native men and women over age 16
Bellwood Health Services www.bellwoods.ca416.495.0926
Men   & women all ages, residential:    1020 McNicoll Ave., Toronto — Only the alcohol program is funded by OHIP but it has a very long wait list
Breakway Satellite 416.537.9346
Men   & women all ages, outpatient, opiate addictions services:  2 Billingham Road, Toronto
Centre For Addictions & Mental Health (CAMH) 416.535.8501
Men, Women & Youth
Caritas 416.748.9988
Men & women, 25 month program,   tiered program structure from residential to community living
Jean Tweed www.jeantweed.com416.255.7359
Women   16+, day treatment & residential programs (referral required):  215 Evans Avenue, Toronto
Renascent www.renascent.ca866.232.1212
Men & women, short term   residential/day, fee for service and no-fee services
For a complete listing of treatment centres in Ontario: 

Withdrawal Management & Detox

Central Access, Toronto Withdrawal Management System


All Toronto detox centres are accessed through this line. It is best if clients call directly; intake assessment is completed and client is referred to centre with first available bed, regardless of centre location. Services accessed include day, community & residential detox programs. If in crisis, clients should always go directly to nearest hospital emergency department.

Note: Central Access advises against clients calling centres directly.

Active Withdrawal Management Centres available through Central Access

St. Joseph’s Hospital (men/women)……………… 416-530-6400

St. Michael’s Hospital (men)…………………………. 416-864-5078

Toronto Western Hospital (men)…………………… 416-533-7945

Toronto East General Hospital (men)…………….. 416-461-2010

Women’s Own……………………………………………… 416-603-1462

CAMH Withdrawal Management System

416-535-8501 ext. 6019

CAMH Withdrawal Management Services is not affiliated with Central Access.


Living Well Counselling Services 416.494.6222

New Life Counselling Services 416.398.3211

Recovery Counselling Services 416.640.1061

Young Ones Breaking Barriers 416.694.3754

Mike MacKinnon (Food Addiction)

Dianne Piaskoski (Food Addiction)

Martha Pierce (Food Addiction)

Support Groups

Support Group Website Phone (Toronto area)
AA:  Alcoholics Anonymous 416.487.5591
ACA:  Adult Children of Alcoholics  
Al-Anon/Alateen 416.410.3809
CA:  Cocaine Anonymous 416.927.7858
CMA:  Crystal Meth Anonymous  
Co-Anon:  For friends & Family of addicts  
CODA:  Co-Dependents Anonymous  
COSLAA:  CoSex & Love Addicts Anonymous  
DA:  Debtors Anonymous  
EA:  Emotions Anonymous  
FA:  Families Anonymous  
FA:  Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous  
FAA:  Food Addicts Anonymous  
GA:  Gamblers Anonymous  
HA:  Heroin Anonymous  
MA:  Marijuana Anonymous  
NA:  Narcotics Anonymous 416.236.8956
NicA:  Nicotine Anonymous  
OA:  Overeaters Anonymous 416.588.6134
OLGA:  Online Gamers Anonymous  
PA:  Pills Anonymous  
SA:  Sexaholics Anonymous  
SAA:  Sex Addicts Anonymous  
SCA:  Sexual Compulsives Anonymous  
SIA:  Survivors of Incest Anonymous  
SLAA:  Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous  
UA:  Underearners Anonymous  
WA:  Workaholics Anonymous  

Medical & Health Care

St. Michael’s Community Health Centres (SMCHC) Clients can see a doctor, nurse, counsellor, addiction counsellor, social worker, dietician or pharmacist for regular health check-ups, prevention and treatment. Also available are specific services for seniors, youth, people with HIV/AIDS, residents of hostels and various ethnic communities. Centres also provide pre and post natal care for mothers, babies and families, including assistance with delivery. The family health centres are not walk-in-clinics. Clients must call ahead to make an appointment.
Health Centre at 410 (SMCHC) 416.867.3728
410 Sherbourne Street, 4th Floor, Toronto
St. James Town Health Centre (SMCHC) 416.864.3096
410 Sherbourne Street, Ground Floor, Toronto
St. Michael’s Health Centre (SMCHC) 416.867.7426
61 Queen Street East, Toronto
St. Lawrence Health Centre (SMCHC) 416.864.6000
140 The Esplanade, Unit # 3, Toronto
Sherbourne Community Health Centre 416.324.4180
333 Sherbourne Street, Toronto
The Hassle Free Clinic
Women 416.922.0566
Men 416.922.0603
66 Gerard Street East, 2nd Floor. Note: Separate hours and phone numbers for women and men. Trans women, trans men, two-spirit people and people of trans experiences are welcome at both the women’s and the men’s clinic.

Housing & Shelter

Florence Booth House 416.603.9800
Salvation Army, Women 21+
Ingles House 416.977.6250
Women 16 – 24: 344 Dundas St. West, Toronto
Loft Community Services 416.979.1994
Men, women, youth and seniors:
Nazareth House 416.222.1101
Women and children: 455 Palmerston Blvd., Toronto
Street Haven 416.967.6060
Women, short term housing, long term residential treatment: 87 Pembroke Street, Toronto
St. Michael’s Halfway Houses 416.926.8267
262 Gerard St. East, Toronto
Ozanam House 416.762.4195
Men, Pre-treatment, Post Detox: 88 Mulock Ave., Toronto
The Good Shepherd Centres 416.869.3619
Men 18+: 412 Queen St. East, Toronto
Toronto Shelter, Support & Housing Admin. 866.392.3777
Street helpline: Free from any payphone
St. Vincent De Paul Community Homes 416.364.5577
Men & Women, Post treatment
Housing Connections 416.981.6111
To apply for rent geared-to-incoming housing: 176 Elm Street, Toronto; Self-serve telephone 24/7 or to speak with a representative Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm and 10:00am-4:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month

Free Meals & Food Banks

416 Drop-In 416.928.3334
Provides services to women 16+, including women who are transient, homeless, socially isolated or single mothers. Breakfast: 5am-10am; Lunch: Noon; Dinner: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm. Closes at 7pm. No fee, just show up at times listed.
The 519 416.392.6874
Free meal every Sunday: 519 Church Street, Toronto
The Good Shepherd Centres 416.869.3619
The Centre serves hot nutritious meals 7 days a week. Meals are served at two sittings: 12:30pm and 3:30pm and are open to all. 412 Queen Street East, Toronto
The Friendship Centre 416.368.8179
Informal programs everyday include: a community kitchen, seniors programs, women’s programs, restorative justice programs, meal programs, recreational games, employment boards, discussion groups, food services, special events, housing referrals, access to substance abuse counselling and advocacy, life skills and personal hygiene training. 323 Dundas Street East, Toronto

Legal Assistance & Services

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto 416-408-4041
Legal-related programs for Aboriginal people
Community Legal Clinics 800-668-8258
For some legal problems, Community Legal Clinics may be able to help you. The clinics have lawyers and trained legal staff to advise or represent you. You do not need a Legal Aid Certificate to go to a clinic. Clinics do their own financial assessment to see if you qualify for their services.
Community Legal Education Ontario
CLEO is a community legal clinic dedicated to providing low-income and disadvantaged people in Ontario with the legal information they need to understand and exercise their legal rights. CLEO does not give legal advice.
Lawyer Referral Service 800-268-8326
The Lawyer Referral Service provides callers with up to 30 minutes of consultation by phone or in person at no charge. A Client Service Representative will assess the needs of the client and provide the name of a lawyer who best fits the client’s stated needs. The service does not offer legal advice or second opinions, and any fees should be discussed with the lawyer. Callers who are incarcerated, institutionalized, in domestic abuse crises, under the age of majority or are calling regarding child protection issues can phone the Crisis line at 416-947-3330 within the GTA, or toll free 1-800-268-8326 outside the GTA. (TTY Phone: 416-644-4886)
Legal Aid 416-979-1446
Promotes access to justice throughout Ontario for low-income individuals by means of providing consistently high quality legal aid services in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Financial & Employment Services & Assistance
Community, social, health and government services
Centre for Education and Training
Parliament Street Employment Resource Centre: 595 Parliament Street, Main Floor, Toronto
Fred Victor Centre
100 Lombard Street, Suite # 102, Toronto Employment Resource Centre/Walk-in Job Search Centre: Access to computers, internet, fax, photocopier, telephone, employment resource materials, interactive computer workshops, including resume writing, interview skills, word processing. Staff assistance available. Adult education classes & employment training program (computer skills, life skills training, self-employment workshop).
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Ministry of Community and Social Services: People with disabilities who are in financial need, or who want and are able to work and need support: Income support and/or employment support.
Ontario Works
For those in need of financial assistance for food and/or housing.
People & Organizations in North Toronto (POINT)
Income support and employment, community information service.
Possibilities Online
Women’s Employment Service
Resources and counselling, free of charge, for as long as needed.
Dr. Tarman does not do individual food addiction consultations,Thanks.