Residential Program

The wait list for the 3-week intensive residential program is closed for a temporary period. This is in response to the significant wait time that currently exists for this program, due to the reduced capacity necessary for the adherence to precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The centre’s online version of this program – the Intensive Online Program – continues to accept women interested in the program onto the waitlist.

To ensure fast and low barrier support, the Support and Stabilization group, which is a virtual drop in-group for women with substance use concerns, is available every Tuesday.

A 3 week intensive program is available to women either as day clients if you live locally, or in residence if you are from outside Toronto. Local women will be considered for residence under certain circumstances, i.e. transportation, unsafe housing.

Programming takes place at 215 Evans Ave. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Here, you will join with women from around the Province, to explore your substance use and/or problem gambling in a way that relates to your goals for the future.

You will learn about the impact of your substance use or gambling on your life, your relationships and your health. Every woman will have an individual counselor and take part in a variety of groups that cover themes such as:

  • self-esteem
  • healthy relationships
  • managing emotions
  • effective communication
  • wellness
  • safe coping skills

While many of the groups are integrated to include both substance use and problem gambling issues, others are separate and relate to the unique needs of each. Our residence (Cumberland House) offers a therapeutic environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During the evening, you will participate in a variety of activities including:

  • acupuncture
  • journaling
  • expressive art
  • recreation & leisure
  • guided discussions

Staying in residence offers an added opportunity to experience the support and challenges that come with shared living and learning.

A short walk from Lake Ontario, Cumberland House is located in a serene and tranquil setting providing you with many opportunities for thoughtful walks and reflection. While communal living can sometimes be intense, the camaraderie of a shared journey is also part of the Cumberland House experience. Please note: Residents who are able are asked to help with chores at the house.

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