You can come to the OWMC without a referral, or you can be referred by a friend, family member, agency or other service.
At your intake screening, a counsellor will ask if you are intoxicated, experiencing withdrawal symptoms, or looking for support to avoid a relapse.
If there is a high risk or history of seizures, medical complications from withdrawal, or any other symptoms requiring medical care, we may send you to the Montfort Hospital Emergency Service.
If you don’t need immediate medical care but you do have current or anticipated withdrawal symptoms, we will admit you to our Observation Unit. (For more information about this part of the process, and the different programs we offer, see Withdrawal Programs and What to Expect.)
After the acute stageWhen your immediate acute withdrawal symptoms have subsided (or if no beds are currently available), we will assess your living arrangements to determine your appropriateness for our Community or Day programs.
That assessment involves looking at your particular addiction and plan for recovery, as well as where you live, how safe your housing is, if you have appropriate support and whether or not you need to care for children. If you have unsafe housing or vulnerable living arrangements, it is likely we will recommend that you be admitted to our Residential Withdrawal Management Program. If you have safe housing and transportation to the OWMC is a barrier, we may be able to offer you services on an outpatient basis in your home.
We may eventually refer you to one of our addictions treatment partners.