Substance Abuse Services


Mental health and physical health challenges, plus living life on the streets, can cause a person to self-medicate. Many of OPCC’s clients live with some form of substance abuse. OPCC makes every effort to work with clients regardless of where they are in their recovery process, taking a “harm reduction” approach to long-term wellness.

-          The Wellness Program, based at Turning Point and available to all OPCC clients, provides a series of groups and workshops designed to help them develop a range of life skills. Topics include: managing one’s health; anger management and communication; emotion and stress management; alcohol, drugs and the body; women’s issues and men’s issues.

-          Twelve-Step groups

-          Clinical and non-clinical staff members have training in working with clients with substance abuse problems.  Substance use and abuse issues are addressed in both case management and therapy meetings.


The Corporation for Supportive Housing describes Harm Reduction as “the only effective means of providing housing for many who have been homeless for the long-term”. It’s a way that OPCC clients can begin to obtain housing while still working on their recovery. Reviews of harm reduction show it to be a highly effective approach for individuals who suffer from mental illness.

While the use of substances is prohibited on OPCC property, OPCC does not exclude clients with substance abuse problems from receiving services.  To do so would mean that many clients would never get housed.


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