AY/Alternatives for Youth

Registered Name: AY ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUTH HAMILTON

Business Number: 129129078RR0001

Our Mission

Mission Statement: Alternatives for Youth provides community based substance use and addiction treatment services that engage and mobilize youth and their families.

Vision: Inspiring hope and resilience in youth.

Values: diversity and inclusion, youth wisdom and experience, partnerships and collaboration, adaptability and innovation

About AY/Alternatives for Youth

Alternatives for Youth (AY) provides community based substance use treatment for youth ages 12-25 years, and therapeutic support for their families. Our comprehensive range of services includes screening, intake, assessment, treatment and referral within the context of individual, family and group counselling and therapy. 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 additional services. Treatment also includes comprehensive education about the risks related to youth substance use. Parents/caregivers and other family members (as identified by the youth) are encouraged to participate in the youth's treatment.

What People Are Saying

"I could not have made it through without their guidance and support. I have grown tremendously and continually draw support from the services. Absolutely invaluable services and staff."

— Parent/caregiver

"I am very lucky to have had the support of AY, I have been 1 year sober and I couldn’t have done it without the support this service offers. I always know no matter what happens in the future AY would be there to support me as I need."

— Youth client

"Support services offered at Alternatives for Youth have been a godsend. The therapists have helped me better understand the teenage brain and why they may behave the way they do. Therapists are outstanding and allow us to discover what works best for our family. No pressure, just support."

— Parent/caregiver

"When I come to AY I feel listened to, respected, no judgement"

— Youth client

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