Monday, May 14, 2012

Amethyst Women's Addiction Centre

Addiction centre for women (bilingual)

The Centre was founded in order to provide community-based treatment services to address the unique issues affecting women coping with substance abuse and/or problem gambling in the Capital.

When the centre opened in Ottawa in 1979, it was the first addiction treatment centre of its kind in Canada.

It offers alternative addiction services to women and is committed to working with diverse and marginalized groups of women. The centre supports women, individually and together, to take control of factors affecting their health and well-being.

The philosophy of the centre is grounded in the feminist belief that women's experiences with alcohol, drugs and gambling cannot be separated from their experiences and status as women.  A central task of Amethyst is to help women take charge of their lives by ending substance use and/or problem gambling and by making changes that enhance their strengths, their freedom and their choices.

The centre is both a health service concerned with prevention as well as direct service, as it works toward changing unjust social structures that place women at risk of addiction.

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