Youth Recovery House

The Youth Recovery House is a live-in program for young people aged 12 to 18 who are experiencing problematic substance use. The program provides a continuum of service, which can include withdrawal management, stabilization, treatment, and/or after-care. Self-referrals are accepted.

What Is the Service

  • Lightly structured and flexible
  • Tailored to each individual’s unique healing process
  • Offered in a secure, substance-free, live-in environment
  • Begins with a comprehensive intake assessment that will inform and direct individualized goals
  • Provides prepared meals in line with the Canadian Food Guide

How to Access the Service



Funding Partners


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How old do I have to be to access the program?

    Our program is for people aged 12-18

  • How long is the program and can I leave before this date?

    - You can stay for up to 3 months
    - The program is voluntary, this means you agree to be in the program and you can plan
    - when you want to leave. We will work together with you to support you to leave safely.
    - Your personal plan is developed in the first two weeks of your stay at YRH
    - Includes your goals and the steps you might take to accomplish the goals

  • Are you an abstinence-based program?

    - You are expected to only take drugs prescribed for you during your time at YRH
    - No alcohol or non-prescription drugs are to be taken during your stay
    We offer harm reduction based treatment which means:
    - you learn how to manage your addiction
    - you choose a recovery path that best suits you
    - This may include some future use of drugs or alcohol with a plan or it may be a plan to not use any substances.
    - You build and practice a recovery plan with the experience, education and information you get during your time at YRH

  • Are there medical professionals I can see while in treatment?

    Yes! We have a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the house during the week, a doctor that visits weekly and an in-house counsellor.

  • How much does the program cost?

    - Treatment is available at no cost
    - All in house activity costs are covered by the program

  • Do I need to bring food?

    No! All food is provided. We will make sure there is food you like and that fits your dietary and cultural needs.

  • Do I get my own room?

    - Maybe. It depends if a single occupancy room is available
    - We have 12 rooms available in the house. 8 rooms are single occupancy and 4 rooms are double occupancy. You can decorate your room the way you like.

  • What is involved in “programming”?

    - You are expected to attend treatment programming that includes group counselling, education workshops, and 1:1 counselling. Recreational activities are also part of the program each week.

  • What will I learn while at YRH?

    - You will learn about addiction, life skills, communication, relationships and about yourself.

  • Can I use my phone?

    - Sometimes. Cell phones are kept in the office and you are able to have phone time anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours per day. We have multiple TVs, Netflix, a Nintendo Switch, an Xbox, and board games. We also have a backyard and a basketball net, as well as plenty of art supplies for youth who feel like being creative.

  • Am I allowed to leave property?

    Yes, Free time off property is available based on active program participation. This starts at 30 min and can increase to up to 2 hours. You can visit family and friends during this time or take time to go on wellness walks around the neighborhood.

  • Who works at YRH?

    - YRH has a team of staff that are trained in mental health and substance use. YRH is staffed 24/7, all day and all night. The people you will see around the building include a Manager, Administrator, Nurse, Chef, Youth & Family Counsellor, Program Facilitators (day and evening), and overnight staff.

  • What are the terms of Confidentiality?

    - Information about you is shared with the staff at YRH, your interdisciplinary team and circle of care providers (eg. The pharmacist). You may share information with others if you give consent. Consent means you ask to share information with others or agree to share information with others.
    - Staff may break confidentiality if there is a risk of harm to you or other people.

  • How much does the program cost?

    - Treatment is available at no cost
    - All in house activity costs are covered by the program


A Day at YRH

9:00 AM Wake up/Breakfast & Check In
10:30 AM Group Counselling/Psychoeducation
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Homework Hour or Self Reflection
2:00 - 4:00 PM Free Time
4:00 PM Vibe Check & Workshop
5:00 PM Dinner
6:00 PM Outing & Recreational Activity
9:00 PM Wind Down & Chill