Rainbow Services provides counselling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transensual, transsexual, and intersex people who are concerned about their use of drugs and alcohol. Our services are available to individuals with a variety of goals, including those who want to try to quit, cut down, or who would just like to gain more awareness about their drinking or drug use.
Our programs are specialized to take into account the unique needs and issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual people face.
Who we are
Rainbow Services is staffed by gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight professionals who are trained and experienced in counselling people with concerns about their use of alcohol and other drugs. We understand the issues that are specific to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual people that may affect their alcohol and drug use. Our services are respectful and tailored to meet the needs of our communities.
What we offer
- assessment and referrals
- individual and group therapy
- day and residential programs
- weekly evening support groups
- support for families and/or partners
- couple counselling
- relapse prevention
- education on stress management, nutrition and leisure.
- Psychiatric consultations.
- concurrent disorder programs (for individuals with both mental health and substance use difficulties).
How it works
Individuals who are over the age of 18 can call us directly. No referral is required. The first appointment is usually for an assessment interview. In the first appointment, an individual meets one-on-one with a therapist to examine the issues around his or her drug and alcohol use. The choice of counselling options is discussed and decided upon, and goals are established.
Depending on individual needs and preferences, clients are matched with individual, couple, and/or group counselling. Group counselling may take the form of weekly support groups or more intensive residential or day programs. Since each person is unique, we try to find the service, or combination of services, that fit individual needs. Some of our clients come for just a few sessions, while others benefit from a year-long mix of various types of services.
Our services are confidential and covered by OHIP. In-town, out-of-town and out-of-province clients are all welcome.
Programs and Services
First Stage Treatment Groups
These groups are for LGBT clients who have had an assessment at CAMH. They are designed to help you to get motivated and develop skills to change your drug and alcohol use. You can participate in these groups while you wait for other programs or in conjunction with other programs. The groups are mixed gender for LGBT individuals.
For group times, call 416-535-8501 Ext. 7043
- 3 Week Day or Residential Programs are available every 8 weeks. Contact the Service Manager for specific program dates. 416 – 535- 8501, ext 6781
- Ongoing weekly substance abuse groups for Gay/Bi Men are also available. Contact 416-535-8501, ext 6784 for more info.
- An ongoing weekly group for lesbian/bisexual/trans women is also available. Contact 416-535-8501, ext 7043 for more info.
- The Gay/Bi/Trans Men's Continuing Care group accepts clients on a regular basis. Prior treatment/addiction counseling required. Contact 416-535-8501, ext 7066 for more info.
Individuals who are experiencing both substance use and mental health problems can gain access to a psychiatric consultation within our service, and if necessary, from other experts at CAMH. A psychiatric consultation will be used to determine those who might benefit from individual care or participation in one of our groups that focus on both issues of substance use and mental health.
How to reach us
For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Clinic Head/Manager at:
Stephanie Carter (416) 535-8501, ext. 4647
1-800-463-2338, extension 4647
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Evening group sessions are available
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
60 White Squirrel Way - 1st Floor (on CAMH's Queen Street Site, just west of Queen St. W. & Ossington Avenue Intersection)
Referral Required: No
Rainbow 21 Days Residential Application Package(Pdf)
Links of interest to Rainbow Services clients and supporters
Referral Required: No
Contact: (416) 535-8501, ext. 6781
Location: 60 White Squirrel Way – 1st Floor (on CAMH’s Queen Street Site, just west of Queen St. W. & Ossington Avenue intersection).
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