Young Adult Substance Use Program (YA-SUP)
Young adulthood is an "in-between" period of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood. That is why other names for people in this age group include Transition Aged Youth or Emerging Adults. It is a unique time for self-discovery, building relationships, and becoming independent. Many young adults also experience lots of uncertainty and change. This can make the transition challenging to navigate. The Young Adult Substance Use Program (YA-SUP) aims to meet these unique needs. We offer 2 separate streams. There is a Young Adult Stream for young adults (17-25) looking to make changes to their substance use. We also offer a Loved Ones stream, for loved ones of young adults with substance use problems.
Who is the program for?
Young adults aged 17-25 who are looking to make changes to their substance use.
Young adults committed to attending group-based treatment.
Young adults not in immediate crisis *contact COAST in immediate crisis (905) 972-8338
“You define your goals. We are here to meet you where you are at and support you in reaching your goals.”
YA-SUP with the support of the Peter Boris Centre for Addiction Research (PBCAR) engages in research projects examining young adult substance use, mental health, and concurrent disorders.
Your Care Team
We have a multi-disciplinary and collaborative team with expertise in mental health and community support counselling, nursing, addiction psychiatry, and substance use research.
Meaghan Lardie, CYCP
My name is Meaghan, I am the Community Support Counselor on the YA-SUP team. Outside of work, I enjoy visiting local businesses around Hamilton and spending time with my family and pets.
Mareena Mathew, NP
Hi, my name is Mareena, and I am a Nurse Practitioner. I have always worked in mental health and addiction service, and I have a special interest in working with youth. I love music, dance, outdoor activities, and spending time with my dog.
Victoria Stead, PhD (Psychology)
Hi, my name is Victoria. I’m part of the clinical team at YA-SUP and the research team at the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research. I’m particularly passionate about helping those with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my dog, trying new restaurants, and exploring new places.
Rebecca Ripco, MSW, RSW, RP
Hi, I’m Rebecca and I’m a Mental Health Worker. My approach involves getting to know you and finding out your own personal vision of where you are and where you want to be, and working together to get you there! Outside of work, I enjoy playing bass, travelling, trying new foods, and spending time with my family and friends.
Hi, my name is Saba, and I am a Research Assistant at the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research. I am excited to be helping out with the YA-SUP program. Outside of work I enjoy traveling/adventures, watching true crime docuseries and hanging out with friends.
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Hi, my name is Myra, and I am a Research Assistant on the Young Adult Substance Use Program. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, listening to music, and outdoor adventures.
James MacKillop, PhD
I'm James and I direct the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research. I'm a psychologist and I'm interested in understanding the causes of substance use challenges and the best ways people can make changes in their lives. Outside of work, my wife and I wrangle two kids and a dog, and I'm a running enthusiast.
Catherine McCarron, MSW
Hello, my name is Catherine, and I'm both a registered social worker and manager of the Young Adult Substance Use Program. In my free time I enjoy sailing and going on adventures with my niece and nephew.