Alternatives for Youth

Our Programs and Services

Individual/Family Treatment

Treatment is provided to youth to assist them in exploring the underlying reasons for engaging in substance use, in reducing or discontinuing use, relapse prevention and/or referral to residential treatment. Treatment includes comprehensive education about the risks related to youth substance use. Parents and other family members are encouraged to participate in youth’s treatment.

Secondary School-on-site Treatment

On-site treatment and family support is provided at a number of secondary schools within the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Please call AY’s main office for specific locations.

Getting Ready Education Group

This 3-5 session group includes substance education, exploration of reasons youth engage in substance use, development of healthy coping strategies and decision making. This group may be offered in secondary schools and other youth serving agencies.

Parent Education and Support Service

Consultation/treatment/education services are provided to parents/caregivers ranging from telephone consultation or a brief treatment service to a multi-session parent education group. Please call AY’s main office for further information.

Youth Affected by Substance Use of Others

Treatment is provided for youth whose lives have been negatively affected by the substance use of their parents, guardians or other family members (parents, siblings, caregivers) and/or significant others.

Street-Involved Youth Outreach

Youth who are street-involved or who are at risk of homelessness are at greater risk for substance use and other related risks.  This outreach service is provided in collaboration with other agency members of the Street Involved Youth Planning Collaborative.

Pregnant and Parenting Youth Outreach

Support for youth who are concerned about their substance use and who are pregnant or parenting a child.

Community Education, Consultation & Training:

AY is pleased to provide consultation and training on youth substance use to our community partner organizations.


Our services are provided free of charge.

How to Access Services

An intake worker is available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm at the main office to provide information, consultation and to schedule an appointment. Some evening hours are available at AY’s downtown site. Contact us for further information.

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Our Funders

Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network  United Way of Halton and Hamilton  Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services  The City of Hamilton
Our Partners

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board  Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Catholic family Services of Hamilton  St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton  Street Youth Planning Collaborative

Main Office
38 James Street South, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4W6
Phone: 905-527-4469
Fax: 905-527-8291

Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pour des services en français, contactez
le Centre de santé Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara au (905) 528-0163 ou
le Ligne d’aide sur la drogue at l’alcool
au 1-800-565-8603.

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