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Addictions (Concurrent Disorders)

The Politics of Addictions

The final episode in a three part series dealing with addictions. Kevin’s guest is Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. He discusses the impact addiction has on our society especially the fact that it is connected with 70% of crime in Ontario. With a background in treating addictions, he has some interesting insights into how we should be dealing with it.

From Rock Bottom Right to the Top

He is the mayor of Ontario's 6th largest city. That is a long way from where he came from. Homeless and addicted to drugs and booze, Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter not only cleaned himself up, he now leads the fight to help others who were just like him. In this episode, he opens up about his journey from Rock Bottom Right to The Top. (This is the second in a 3 part series on addiction)

The Morning Man: Waking Up Sober

He helped reimagine morning radio, listened to by millions. However, Humble Howard had a alcohol addiction. Without telling anyone, he quit the bottle 8 years ago and has been sober ever since. In this episode, he opens up with his deepest dive to date into his addiction. (Part 1 of a 3 part podcast series on addiction)

The Courage Group: AA Meetings

The Courage Group is a group founded by recovering alcoholics and addicts. The group was formed to address the needs of alcoholics and, addicts that are present in the lives of patients at Ontario Shores, as well as the alcoholics and addicts in the community, The primary purpose of our Courage Group is the same as A.A: to carry its message of recovery to the alcoholic/addict seeking help.  Regardless of the road we follow, we all head for the same destination, recovery of the addicted or alcoholic person. As a group, we can do what none of us could accomplish alone. We can serve as a source of personal experience and be an ongoing support system for recovering alcoholics. 

A.A. has a simple program that works: It is based on one alcoholic or addict helping another.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous? 

We are a Fellowship of individuals who have lost the ability to control their drinking or drugging and have found ourselves in various kinds of trouble as a result of our addictions. We attempt to create a satisfying way of life without drugs or alcohol. For this, we find we need the help and support of other addicts and alcoholics in A.A. 

The Courage Group is fellow alcoholics and addicts who support each other.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking or using

A.A. does not keep membership files or attendance records. You do not have to reveal anything about yourself.

The Courage Group meets at Ontario Shores every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room A. Access this space by parking near the Main Entrance near the flag poles. 

Concurrent Disorders Service

The Concurrent Disorders Service provides assessment, consultation, individual counselling and group therapy to both inpatients and registered outpatients of Ontario Shores with substance related issues.  Patients will have been diagnosed with a moderate to serious, persistent mental health conce