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Young Adult Substance Use Program (YA-SUP)

The Young Adult Stream revolves around a 12-week structure, and includes:

Seven individual sessions including: 

  • Intake assessment (2 hours)

  • ​1 week feedback session (1 hour)

  • Check-ins (1 hour) at weeks 2-, 3-, 4-, 8-, and -12 weeks​​

Consultations time-limited with a Nurse Practitioner may be offered to help clarify diagnoses, recommend medications, and conduct additional testing. YA-SUP is not intended for those only requiring access to consults.

Group Programming including: 

  • Planning for the weekend art group: focus on relapse prevention and planning for substance free alternatives

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills focus on the mind-drug connect and relapse prevention

  • Emotion Regulation Skills based on dialectical behavioural therapy 

Other Groups Coming Soon

Young adults can continue accessing groups even after individual sessions are completed.

905-522-1155 ext. 36499

“You define your goals. We are here to meet you where you are at and support you in reaching your goals.” 

A program designed to meet the unique needs of young adults (17-25 years of age)

(905) 522-1155, Ext.36499

The program offers both individual counselling sessions, daily drop-in group programming, and consultations with specialists to optimize patient outcomes

Our mission is to provide young adults with the support and skills to:

  1. Reduce the negative impacts of substance use on young adults' lives. This can be abstinence, reduced use, or using harm reduction strategies. 

  2. Improve mental health and wellbeing by considering the whole-person.

  3. Increase substance-free activities to create a pleasurable life that aligns with their goals.

We value:

  • Providing young adult centered care

  • Creating a safe(r) space

  • Considering the whole person

  • Collaboration with young adults and community providers

  • Using evidence-based practices and contributing to evidence 

New in-person Drop-in Group...

Planning for the Weekend Group

The Planning for the Weekend Group is an 8-week drop-in style group for clients enolled in YA-SUP.

The main objective of this group is to provide a low-barrier, relaxed environment to engage in peer-led discussion around issues relating to substance use
(e.g., high risk situations that may arise on the weekend)

and learn skills to help navigate such issues.
In addition to this, each week features a different a
rt activity relating to the weekly topic/skill.


The main goals of this group are:

  1. Reduce the impact of substance use

  2. Improve mental health and wellbeing 

  3. Increase engagement in substance-free activities


In addition to the above objectives, this group will:

  1. Create a community of liked-minded peers 

  2. Empower youth & encourage development of self-agency 


To register please contact:

Youth Services in Hamilton

Loved Ones Education Group 

Detailed Program Overview

YA-SUP Pamphlets

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