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Counselling – Individual and Group

Assessment and Referral

At Fourcast we believe that the best way to begin addiction treatment is through an assessment. This helps everyone involved realize the impact that substance use or gambling has on an individual’s life. This process involves the completion of a provincially standardized addiction assessment. The outcome of this process provides clients with valuable information that helps them determine treatment decisions which best suit their needs.

Individual & Group Counselling

While treatment plans differ on a case by case basis, we believe that the majority of these treatment plans can be addressed on an out-patient basis.


Clients are linked to a primary counsellor where treatment plans are established and the Counsellor offers specialized individual and group treatment options. When required, referrals are provided to other addiction or local community resources including:

  • Residential Withdrawal Management Services
  • Residential Treatment (short & long term)
  • Other Community Agencies


Clients can participate in a wide range of group treatment sessions on topics that meet their specific needs. Groups include:

  1. Getting Started – a six-week group program intended for clients who are in the early stages of treatment. This program provides an introduction to helpful coping strategies necessary for clients looking to make changes in their life and move forward with their goals. Clients can access this group at any time.
  2. Relapse Prevention – a weekly evening group program providing support for clients with moderate to severe substance abuse problems and/or problem gambling concerns. It is appropriate for individuals that have established goals related to their issues. Clients learn to recognize triggers and high-risk situations while developing effective coping methods. This group allows clients to join a session at the beginning of each month.
  3. Options – a two-session early intervention group for adults that have not yet set a substance use goal. The program is designed to motivate and provide educational information for the client while they reflect on their current situation. Information regarding the risks related to substance use is intended to assist them in making more informed decisions.
  4. Concurrent Disorder Group – a 12-week group program jointly facilitated by Fourcast counsellors and community mental health agency staff designed to provide clients with knowledge and strategies for coping with concurrent mental health and substance use issues. Session topics include mental health and managing disorders; effective decision making; initiating change; coping strategies; thought distortions; self-motivation; self-care; and lifestyle enhancement.
  5. Youth Options – a four-session early intervention group for youth aimed at providing educational information for the client to consider when making substance use choices. Clients are encouraged to reflect upon their present situation by exploring the impact of substance use on various life areas. Information regarding the risks linked to substance use is intended to assist them in making more informed choices.

Family Programs

We also offer individual and group counselling for those affected by individuals with alcohol, drug or gambling related problems. The individual struggling with addictions need not be our client in order to access these services.

We offer 3 Family Program Options

  1. Family Information Sessions – This is open to anyone concerned about another’s substance use or problem gambling with meetings every other week. It provides an opportunity to gather information regarding substance use and problem gambling in addition to the treatment options available for both themselves and their significant other.
  2. Family Education Programs – This four-session program has open admission and covers topics such as understanding substance abuse; problem gambling and its effects on families and relationships; identifying potential changes; and establishing healthy boundaries.
  3. Family Support Groups – This group meets weekly for twelve weeks and helps family members implement the changes they have identified through participation in the Family Education Sessions.