Windsor addictions centre provides aid through online counselling amid COVID-19

Windsor addictions centre provides aid through online counselling amid COVID-19

Hundreds of people living with substance abuse have taken to the web to seek help through the House of Sophrosyne in Windsor.

On Wednesday, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed said those living substance abuse are another vulnerable sector of the population susceptible to COVID-19, adding they may need extra help as pandemic regulations remain in place. 

The House of Sophrosyne, which caters to women, had been offering online counselling before the pandemic broke out, but has seen an increase of approximately 120 clients relying on online treatment since physical distancing measure ended in-person counselling.

“They found it very, very helpful and they’re just grateful to have the support of our agency during this tough time for everybody,” said executive director Karen Waddell.

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Hundreds of people living with substance abuse have taken to the web to seek help through the House of Sophrosyne in Windsor. Among those is London, Ont. resident Brandi King. 1:37

She added that there are now approximately 250 women taking advantage of the online program.

Among those women is London, Ont. resident Brandi King, who struggled with cannabis addiction and a toxic relationship.

King had her heart set on residential treatment, but worried about losing her geared-to-income housing, so she hesitantly signed up for counselling through House of Sophrosyne last November.

Karen Waddell, executive director of the House of Sophrosyne, says more and more clients are relying on online counselling services. (Meg Roberts/CBC)

“When I found out the virtual program was available, I jumped on the opportunity,” she said. “It’s just been a blessing because … [of] the convenience of being able to do it in my own home during that time I was not as stable.”

The House of Sophrosyne’s virtual programs include addiction treatment groups for men and women, as well as individual counselling.

 

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