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Recovery Reimagined: Outpatient Substance Use Programming

Recovery Reimagined offers a range of outpatient substance use and mental health recovery programs through Withdrawal Management Services. Open to all genders, programs include psychoeducational workshops and group therapy. Rooted in compassion, courage, and self-determination, Recovery Reimagined works collaboratively within the spectrum of goal choices.

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COVID-19 update as of May 2022: The health and wellbeing of group members is of the utmost importance to Recovery Reimagined. As of January 2022, all in-person outpatient groups at Michael Garron Hospital are suspended until further notice. Programming will be offered online.

Recovery Reimagined offers four programs:

1) Skills Groups
2) Intensive Program 
3) Seeking Safety 
4) Aftercare Group

We encourage you to explore the different program options below, and self-refer to the program that best meets your needs. Please complete the general intake form below. 

Recovery Reimagined Intake Form

 

skills Groups

Skills groups are available for anyone interested in engaging with recovery programming with no ongoing commitment required. Skills groups provide an opportunity to learn about substance use and recovery, to develop and practice coping skills, and to access a safe space to connect with other people who have questions or concerns about their substance use.  Please note that Skills Groups are currently offered via Zoom. In person groups will resume July 2022. 

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  • Monday @ 2:00-3:30pm - gender inclusive - ONLINE
  • Wednesday @ 2:00-3:30pm - gender inclusive - ONLINE 
  • Thursday @ 2:00-3:30pm - women & non-binary only - ONLINE 

Click here to Reserve a Spot in an Upcoming Skills Group (after you have completed intake form) 

Intensive program

The Intensive Program is for anyone committed to a deep exploration of substance use and recovery. Through individual therapy and group work, group members are supported in setting and working toward substance use goals, developing distress tolerance and coping skills, and exploring a wide range of topics, including self-compassion, emotions, stages of change, and boundaries. 

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  • The Intensive Program runs three days a week, for a total of four weeks 
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 10:00am-12:00pm 
  • Open to all genders 
  • The Intensive Program will re-start July 2022 and will offered in person 
  • Please complete the general intake form above

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety at Recovery Reimagined supports recovery from both substance use and trauma. Research has shown that trauma and substance use go hand-in-hand, and that the relationship between the two can be bi-directional. Many people support themselves by using substances as a coping mechanism to deal with the impacts of trauma, and substance use can increase the likelihood of experiencing a traumatic event. Seeking Safety is a first-stage trauma group, and does not require participants to dive deep into detail or re-storying previous traumas. Instead, the program focuses on envisioning and enacting safety within our self and our environment. 

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  • Seeking Safety runs once a week, for a total of eight weeks
  • Each group is 2 hours long
  • Cohorts are gender-specific
  • Seeking Safety will be running in person as of July 2022 
  • Please complete the general intake form above

Aftercare Group

Aftercare groups are offered to folks who have completed the Intensive Program, Seeking Safety, or have been involved in Skills groups for a few months. Aftercare groups do not focus on one specific topic, and instead offer a space to check-in, share challenges, and learn from each other’s wisdom and experience. 

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  • Aftercare group runs once a week
  • Each group is 90 minutes long
  • Aftercare Group will be running in person as of July 2022 
  • Please connect with program facilitators if you are interested in participating

Program Values

Recovery Reimagined was built upon the following core values. It is the right of all members of our community to uphold these values. Our community includes program facilitators, program managers, students, and group participants.

  • Low Barrier → We actively work to ensure that programming is inclusive and accessible to all.
  • Strengths-Based → We recognize and leverage the intrinsic strengths of each individual.
  • Evidence-Based → We use existing best practices in the mental health, substance use, and concurrent disorders fields. 
  • Trauma-Informed → We prioritize the principles of Trauma-informed Practice (safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness, empowerment)
  • Harm Reduction Informed → We honour all goal choices and integrate harm reduction philosophy and skills.
  • Gender-Transformative →  We challenge binary gender norms and heteronormativity, while recognizing the role of unique societal pressures.
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice  → We highlight and challenge interlocking systems of oppression (racism, sexism, homophobia, fatphobia, sanism, capitalism, colonialism).

Information about Accessibility

985 Danforth Ave is accessible via public transit, located across the street from Donlands Subway Station. Street and paid parking is limited. The entrance to the building is wheelchair-accessible at street level. Programming is located on the second floor, which is accessible by elevator and stairs. At present, there are no automatic doors. All washrooms are gender-neutral, and there is a wheelchair-accessible washroom located on the second floor. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact one of the program facilitators.


Information for Referrers

Intake is designed to be low-barrier and accessible. Clients are encouraged to self-refer, however the program also accepts clinician and community referrals. 


ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS: Breaking Free Provides 24/7 Recovery Support

Breaking Free is a free online support tool available to anyone living in Ontario. It is completely confidential and can be accessed 24/7 on any desktop, tablet or smartphone. It is available to help Ontarians ages 16 and older make changes to their substance use patterns.  

The Breaking Free program helps individuals develop coping skills and access key resources. It is easy to use, safe and confidential and available in English and French.

Register for Breaking Free: www.breakingfreeonline.ca

** Please include Michael Garron Hospital's service code when you sign-up. Use code: tehn21


 
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Contact Information:
Kathryn Bowles, MSW, RSW
Program Faciliator
Phone
416-786-4168
Nicole Wilson, MA, MSW, RSW
Program Facilitator
Phone
416-786--4168
Rabea Murtaza
MSW Student Intern
Ashley Mogg, MSW, RSW
Program Facilitator
Location
Currently on leave until 2023
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