Services employ a trauma and violence informed, staged screening and assessment approach to treatment planning. Additionally, Substance use focused education and counselling services are delivered in individual and group formats including family sessions.
Who is this program for?
- Must be willing to enter the program
- Must have concerns about addiction/substance use
- Agreeable to briefer, less intensive treatment
- Support individuals through solution-focused substance counselling
- CASON counsellors work collaboratively with clients to develop individualized plan of care
- Connect individuals to community referrals as needed
Programs & Groups
SMART Recovery group is an evidence-based, self-empowering support group. Motivational interviewing techniques are used to facilitate discussion and engagement. SMART’s 4-point program is abstinence-based and features skills and modules from Cognitive Behavior Therapy around a) Building and maintaining motivation, b) Coping with urges; 3) Managing thoughts and behaviors; 4) Lifestyle balance.
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
DBT is an evidence-based treatment program that is effective in treating a wide range of disorders such as substance dependence, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. It balances thoughts, emotions and behaviors by enhancing skills to regulate emotion and reduce/eliminate high-risk behaviors. Any existing CASON client can be referred to the DBT program.
Structured Relapse Prevention
The SRP group provides an opportunity for people who are having difficulty dealing effectively with day-to-day substance use triggers and risk situations to learn coping skills for relapse prevention. The program consists of 8 weekly sessions where clients learn a new skill/strategy each week.
The education group is a one-time 2-hour psycho-educational group designed for people who are mandated to seek CASON services and are not looking for on-going support at the time of referral. At the end of the group, clients receive an attendance/completion letter that they can provide to the referral source.
Gain Q3 is a comprehensive assessment allowing clients to share their life circumstances across a broad range of areas with a particular focus on substance use. The GAIN-Q3 MI group is designed so that clients can complete the assessment independently on a computer. Staff members are available throughout the group to help clients begin and end the assessment while also answering any questions and providing assistance throughout.
1:1 counselling sessions are offered at CASON for clients who are looking for help changing their use of substances/gambling/gaming. Counsellors work collaboratively with clients to set goals, identify triggers, and develop healthy coping skills to support recovery.
CASON offers addiction treatment counselling in French. Our bilingual treatment counsellor is available to provide support and services for clients in their first language.
RAAM (Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine)
Residential Treatment Referral
In addition to our core services, the agency has responded to emerging needs and special populations by offering counselling services at the following locations across Niagara:
Centre de Santé
Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
Hope Centre (Welland Site)
Niagara Detention Centre
Niagara Region Native Centre
Ontario Works SAEO (St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Port Colborne & Fort Erie offices)
Start Me Up Niagara
Women’s Place of South Niagara
YWCA (St. Catharines & Niagara Falls Sites)
Referrals are accepted from multiple sources, including, but not limited to:
- Self-referral by phone or email
- Community agencies and organizations
- Internal referrals
- Contact CASON by calling 905-684-1183
- Once connected with CASON, you will speak with an intake coordinator who will work collaboratively with you to determine next steps for treatment.
CASON operates satellite offices throughout the Niagara region to better serve clients wherever they are. For all inquiries, please call our mainline. 905-684-1183.