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Programs & Services

24-Hour Detox Services
Individual, Couple, Family, and Group Counselling
Prevention and Health Promotion
Addiction Education
Structured Treatment – Making Changes
Driving While Impaired Services
Adolescent (School-Based) Services
Problem Gambling Treatment
Nicotine Addiction Treatment Groups

Women’s Programming

24-Hour Detox Services

Detox services are offered at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton.

Withdrawal Management (Detox) is a residential component of services designed to meet the needs of individuals requiring inpatient treatment. The program is designed to help individuals who need supportive counselling and medical assistance to deal with the physical and psychological withdrawal stages of dependency and addiction. The program occupies a total of 6 beds.

Detox is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information, please call:

(902) 825-6828 or (902) 825-1341

Individual, Couple, Family and Group Counselling

Individual, couple, family and group counselling is available at all of our office locations in the Annapolis Valley

This service allows individuals and families to access information and treatment related to addictions by appointment. Services are based on client needs and support all individuals who are seeking help for substance use and/or gambling problems, including concerned family members, friends, or significant others. Addiction Discussion Groups are also offered on a regular basis.

To book an appointment or to find out more about our group sessions, please call (902) 679-2392 or (902) 825-6828.

Prevention and Health Promotion

This area of programming works with schools, workplaces, community groups, and governments to help communities within the Annapolis Valley respond to issues related to substance use and gambling.

It comprises a range of programs and activities which are available to foster supportive environments and healthy choices regarding alcohol, nicotine, other drugs, and gambling. These include: education and training for the public, students, teachers, and professionals; community development; advocacy; and policy development. Our programs work to prevent use and to delay the onset of use by younger children and to prevent harms related to alcohol, drug use, and gambling.

For more information about our Prevention and Health Promotion programming, please contact our Prevention and Health Promotion Coordinator at (902) 542-1073.

Addiction Education Program

Addiction Education Programs are offered throughout the year at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton.

Addiction Education Program (AEP) is a program designed to help individuals better understand the nature of substance misuse, relapse signs and symptoms, and early coping strategies to avoid future harmful involvement with alcohol, other drugs or gambling. The aim of this program is to increase the knowledge of addiction recovery and to support personal treatment plans. This program may be offered on an in-patient, day-patient, or out-patient basis, depending on the scope of the program (accommodation is available).

To find out when the next scheduled Addiction Education Program will be and to find out more about the program, please call (902) 679-2392 or (902) 825-6828.

Making Changes

The Making Changes Structured Treatment Program is available at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton.

Making Changes is a 3-week residential structured treatment program for individuals who have decided to make changes to their substance use or gambling problems and who need more structure to succeed. Education and opportunities for personal reflection and recovery planning are offered, in a professionally-facilitated group setting.

This program is intended for those individuals who have successfully completed a withdrawal treatment process and are committed to follow-up treatment with an addictions professional. A referral from an addictions professional is required in order to take part in this program.

To find out if the Making Changes program is right for you, please call (902) 825-6828.

Driving While Impaired (DWI) Program

DWI programs are delivered in partnership with the Registry of Motor Vehicles in the Annapolis Valley.

Driving While Impaired (DWI) programs are provided for all people suspended for and/or convicted of, impaired driving offenses. In partnership with The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, drivers requesting license reinstatement must complete this program. All clients complete an assessment and a two-day education program including a personal meeting with an addictions professional. Where indicated, clients are further offered treatment to deal with any alcohol or drug problems.

To find out when and where the next scheduled DWI program will be, please call (902) 679-2392 or (902) 825-6828.

Adolescent (School-Based) Services

Counselling and health education are offered to youth aged 13-19 in middle schools and high schools throughout Kings and Annapolis Counties.

Adolescent services is a comprehensive array of age-appropriate programs and services designed to meet the unique substance-use and gambling-related needs of adolescents, aged 13 to 19. These services include specialized community and school-based health promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment programs. Community based outpatient counselling is also available to help adolescents and their families.

Trained adolescent services staff work in schools throughout Kings and Annapolis Counties. Several programs designed specifically to meet the needs of adolescents, are offered, including: "Knowledge and Skills for Life" and "The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program."

To find out more about the services available for adolescents, please call (902) 679-2392 or (902) 825-6828.

Problem Gambling Treatment Services

Individual, couple, family and group sessions are offered in the Annapolis Valley area.

The Problem Gambling Treatment program is designed to offer counselling to both those affected by their own gambling problems, or those of someone they care about. This service provides public awareness, health promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment for people who are having problems with gambling as well as offers help to family members of those people who are having difficulty. This service also provides community-based outpatient counselling and short term residential treatment programs for people who are having problems with gambling.

Problem gambling specialists are available to help people who are having problems with gambling as well as their families. "Gambling Unplugged" is a treatment program offered throughout the year at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton aimed at helping people with gambling problems explore the skills needed to avoid harmful behaviour and build the foundation for a meaningful recovery plan.

To find out more about the services offered for people having problems with gambling, and their families, please call (902) 679-2392 or (902) 825-6828.

Nicotine Addiction Treatment

This group-based program is for anyone interested in quitting or cutting back on their use of tobacco. No appointments are necessary.

Nicotine Addiction Treatment provides educational and / or therapeutic interventions to support those who wish to reduce or stop tobacco use. It is available to individuals and groups within communities and to Addiction Services clients. Treatment is based on client needs, strengths and readiness to change.

Group sessions are offered on a weekly basis, in communities throughout Kings and Annapolis Counties.

To find out when and where the next group session will be, please call (902) 679-2392 or (902) 825-6828.

Women's Programming

A Women's Services Coordinator works within the district in order to help women in their communities overcome addiction-related problems in their lives.

Addiction Services understands that women affected by addictions have special needs. We work with other organizations to make access to services easier and to help build more supportive communities. Women's Services embraces a gender-sensitive approach to addiction treatment to address women's specific issues and realities. The focus of services for women is to encourage the empowerment of women to choose and direct their own lifestyle changes and to participate in the development of services based on their actual needs.

Services offered as part of Women's Programming include: client education, advocacy, community development, practical skill-building, and family counselling.

To find out more about Women's Services Programming, please call (902) 679-2392 or (902) 825-6828.