“UP A LEVEL” – Program Expansion & Name Change: Internet, Gaming Disorders & Problem Gambling Services

Problem Gambling Services of ADSTV has built a reputation for innovation, leadership, and professional capacity over the past 15+ years. Following much collaboration with industry professionals, increasing their professional capacity through the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario PGIO as well as the Zur Institute, and continuing to provide clinical services and referrals to problem gamers and their respective loved ones, the Problem Gambling Services Team is ready to take their “game to the next level”. Read more

2014-05-26T10:15:24-04:00May 26th, 2014|

“UP A LEVEL” – Program Expansion & Name Change: Internet, Gaming Disorders & Problem Gambling Services

Problem Gambling Services of ADSTV has built a reputation for innovation, leadership, and professional capacity over the past 15+ years. Following much collaboration with industry professionals, increasing their professional capacity through the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario PGIO as well as the Zur Institute, and continuing to provide clinical services and referrals to problem gamers and their respective loved ones, the Problem Gambling Services Team is ready to take their “game to the next level”. Read more

2014-05-26T10:09:32-04:00May 26th, 2014|

Ontario Volunteer Service Award – Congratulations Jeni Licastro!

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Jeni Licastro

Congratulations to Jeni Licastro!
Jeni, one of ADSTV’s long-standing volunteers, was nominated this past January 2014 for an Ontario Volunteer Service Award. This award is given by the provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to members of communities throughout Ontario who have dedicated their time to volunteering.

In April, Jeni was one of 11,000 chosen volunteers invited to attend the presentation ceremony where she was recognized with a certificate and a trillium lapel pin for her five years of dedicated service at ADSTV. Heartspace staff, Raquel Lopez and April Laithwaite, attended the recognition ceremony with Jeni. Read More

2014-05-27T08:58:19-04:00May 23rd, 2014|

Video Game Addiction Awareness Week

June 1-7, 2014

Video Game Addiction is a global concern with significant personal, family, and social impact. Like other dependencies, it is non-discriminatory and affects persons of all ages, gender, and socio-economic statuses.

Characteristics/warning signs of Video Game Addiction include:

– Decrease in academic/work/household performance
– Feel irritable/restless when not online/gaming or when trying to cut down
– Lying about time spent online/gaming to friends and family
– Playing for increasing amounts of time, longer than intended, and/or disregarding set time limits
– Preoocupation with gaming and/or loss of interest in other activities

If you or someone you know is affected by excessive gaming and would like help, please contact,
Internet, Gaming Disorder and Problem Gambling Services Program:
519-673-3242 x234 or email start@staging.adstv.on.ca for a free and confidential consultation. 

2014-06-17T15:04:24-04:00May 22nd, 2014|

London Drug Treatment Court (LDTC) – Permanent Funding & Expanded Services

London Drug Treatment Court is expanding. The London Drug Treatment Court (LDTC) is a program that provides court supervised addiction treatment to people addicted to cocaine, crack, methamphetamines and opiates. Non- violent individuals charged with possession of these drugs or who have been charged with small amounts for the purpose of trafficking will be considered for referral. As of April 2014, LDTC received permanent funding to fund our already existing pilot program and increase services. The funding was as a result from the outcomes of the pilot program. Through the funding of three FTE’s, a greater number of individuals will be supported by streamlining access to appropriate services, reducing multiple or duplicate health service utilization and reducing reliance on justice service to access treatment. In addition to supporting a greater number of participants, our agency through the funding, purchased a service through John Howard Society in an effort to support the reduction of criminogenic factors and behaviours. A wider variety of programming will also be offered to our participants in an effort to support clients towards abstinence, promote life skills and meaningful activities. The funding will reduce substance of use, crime, support an improvement in the quality of life for the participants and ultimately save lives.

2014-05-14T10:32:29-04:00May 14th, 2014|

London Drug Treatment Court (LDTC) – Permanent Funding & Expanded Services

London Drug Treatment Court is expanding. The London Drug Treatment Court (LDTC) is a program that provides court supervised addiction treatment to people addicted to cocaine, crack, methamphetamines and opiates. Non- violent individuals charged with possession of these drugs or who have been charged with small amounts for the purpose of trafficking will be considered for referral. As of April 2014, LDTC received permanent funding to fund our already existing pilot program and increase services. The funding was as a result from the outcomes of the pilot program. Through the funding of three FTE’s, a greater number of individuals will be supported by streamlining access to appropriate services, reducing multiple or duplicate health service utilization and reducing reliance on justice service to access treatment. In addition to supporting a greater number of participants, our agency through the funding, purchased a service through John Howard Society in an effort to support the reduction of criminogenic factors and behaviours. A wider variety of programming will also be offered to our participants in an effort to support clients towards abstinence, promote life skills and meaningful activities. The funding will reduce substance of use, crime, support an improvement in the quality of life for the participants and ultimately save lives.

2014-05-14T10:24:40-04:00May 14th, 2014|

Enhancing Addiction Services for Youth through Collaborative Learning & Practice

Addiction Services of Thames Valley (ADSTV) is delighted to take a lead role in collaboration with five local children’s Mental Health partners: Craigwood Youth Services, Anago (Non) Residential Resources Inc., WAYS (Western Area Youth Services), Vanier Children’s Services, and the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System. Together we will benefit from a one year grant of $50,000 from the United Way Strategic Initiatives Funding Project 2014/15. Read more

2014-05-13T19:11:41-04:00May 13th, 2014|

Enhancing Addiction Services for Youth through Collaborative Learning & Practice

Addiction Services of Thames Valley (ADSTV) is delighted to take a lead role in collaboration with five local children’s Mental Health partners: Craigwood Youth Services, Anago (Non) Residential Resources Inc., WAYS (Western Area Youth Services), Vanier Children’s Services, and the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System. Together we will benefit from a one year grant of $50,000 from the United Way Strategic Initiatives Funding Project 2014/15. Read more

2014-05-13T19:09:13-04:00May 13th, 2014|

Celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 6-12

Ontario Volunteer Service Award Announement: We are proud to announce that Jeni Licastro, one of our volunteers in the Heartspace Program, has been nominated by Addiction Services of Thames Valley (ADSTV), and will be receiving an Ontario Volunteer Service Award presented by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. This award is presented to Jeni for her commitment and dedication as a volunteer. Congratulations Jeni and thanks for all you do for ADSTV! Click to see Jeni Licastro.

2014-05-13T19:16:21-04:00March 24th, 2014|

New Program Announcement – LiUNA Local 1059

LiUNA Local 1059 – Together We are Building Strength
February 2014

We are excited to present one of our newest EAP services. Liuna Local 1059 wanted to support its members and their families to seek support for problem drinking, substance use, addictions related to substances, gambling and gaming in an effort to promote overall well being and increase safety within the workplace. As a result, they advocated for a service to be provided solely for their members and their families. Through this program, Liuna Local 1059 members and their families will be eligible to receive assessment, treatment, advocacy and referrals from Addiction Services of Thames Valley, through a worker dedicated to this service. Members will have access to community treatment, withdrawal management and crisis support while residing in their home, with their family, and in the community, or referrals to residential treatments as appropriate.  Due to this service, members and their families will be able to access services without being placed on a waitlist as services will be initiated within a 24 hour period. The support accessed through this program will decrease the impact of substance use, gambling and gaming on work, family, daily structure and routines.

Through this service Liuna Local 1059 members and their families will also receive education, well-timed access to resources, and consultations. This will be available not only to members but also to employers and employees of Liuna Local 1059 in an effort to support them to prevent, identify, and build greater knowledge about the impact of substance use, gambling and gaming on its members.

If you are a Liuna Local 1059 member or a family member and think you may benefit from these services, please contact Joshua Keene at 226-376-2629 or BlackBerry message (BBM) him via pin # 2B7FD880. For information and inquiries, email Josh at 1059@staging.adstv.on.ca.

PDF: Liuna Local 1059 – Together We Are Building Strength

2014-05-25T16:38:29-04:00February 27th, 2014|

New Program Announcement – French Language Services System Navigator (FLSSN)

Annonce concernant la navigatrice du système services en français
Février 2014

La direction des Services de toxicomanie de Thames Valley est heureuse d’annoncer le lancement d’un nouveau programme subventionné par le RLISS du Sud-Ouest destiné à la communauté francophone. La navigatrice du système responsable des services en français aidera les francophones de la région desservie par le RLISS du Sud-Ouest qui sont aux prises avec des problèmes de santé mentale et de toxicomanie. Après une séance de télépsychiatrie dirigée par un psychiatre bilingue, les clients et leur famille seront adressés à des services de toxicomanie et de santé mentale offerts dans la région. La navigatrice collaborera avec les organismes de soins de santé du RLISS du Sud-Ouest dans le but d’améliorer l’accès à des services de santé en français pour la population francophone. Ce nouveau programme aura recours au Réseau Télémédecine Ontario (RTO) pour améliorer l’accès aux soins et mettre les clients en rapport avec les services de télépsychiatrie, entre autres.

Subventionné par le RLISS du Sud-Ouest, ce programme s’inspire d’un programme novateur mis sur pied à Guelph par la filiale de Waterloo Wellington Dufferin de l’ACSM. Le personnel des Services de toxicomanie de Thames Valley travaillera étroitement avec cet organisme à l’élaboration du nouveau programme.

Dans le but de créer une communauté de soins de santé plus cohérente qui servira les francophones dans leur langue, la navigatrice collaborera avec la coordonnatrice des services en français au RLISS du Sud-Ouest, les organismes identifiés en vertu de la Loi sur les services en français, des groupes consultatifs et des comités au sein de la communauté. La direction des Services de toxicomanie de Thames Valley est fière de faire partie de cette initiative.

Nous espérons commencer à recevoir des renvois à ce programme dès avril prochain. Il y aura bientôt des renseignements détaillés au sujet du programme sur le site Web des Services de toxicomanie de Thames Valley, à www.adstv.on.ca.

Pour en savoir plus long, communiquez avec la directrice générale, Linda Sibley, à lsibley@staging.adstv.on.ca.

PDF: Annonce concernant la navigatrice du système – services en français

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French Language Services System Navigator (FLSSN)
February 2014

Addiction Services of Thames Valley (ADSTV) is pleased to announce a new program for the Francophone community funded by the South West LHIN. The French Language Services System Navigator (FLSSN) will assist Francophones across the South West LHIN with mental health and addiction problems. Individuals and families will be referred to local mental health and addiction supports after a telepsychiatry appointment with a bilingual psychiatrist. The system navigator will work with the SWLHIN healthcare community to set up increased access to healthcare services in French for Francophone individuals. This new program will use the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to increase access and provide linkages to telepsychiatry and other supports.

This program, funded by the SWLHIN, is modelled after an innovative program first started in Guelph at the CMHA – Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Branch and ADSTV will work closely with them to develop our program.

The French Language System Navigator will work with the SWLHIN French Language Services lead, French Language Identified agencies, advisory groups and committees in the community to develop a more cohesive healthcare community that serves Francophones in French. ADSTV is proud to be a part of this initiative.

It is hoped that this program will be receiving referrals by April 2014. Detailed information about the program will soon be available on the ADSTV website www.adstv.on.ca

For more information contact Linda Sibley, Executive Director at lsibley@staging.adstv.on.ca.

PDF: Announcement for French Language Services System Navigator (FLSSN)

2014-02-27T11:27:24-04:00February 10th, 2014|

Weedless Wednesday – January 15, 2014

Weedless Wednesday has been a focal point of “National Non-Smoking Week” (Jan. 19-25, 2014) almost from the start, focusing media and public attention on the benefits of cessation and the community resources available to help smokers quit. The idea behind Weedless Wednesday is to promote a “one day at a time” approach to quitting smoking, a concept appealing to many smokers who may be discouraged at the thought of an entire week — or lifetime — without cigarettes, but who may be able to cope with one smoke-free day. Weedless Wednesday is a great time to quit smoking: http://www.quitnow.ca/

2014-01-13T14:23:27-04:00January 13th, 2014|