The Mish Offers New Support Program for Youth
Posted on April 28, 2016
At The Mish, City Mission’s Youth Support Centre, we have recently added another program to assist young people experiencing addiction issues.
The SMART Recovery Program is designed to assist young people with addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. It helps them understand and change their irrational thoughts and actions: resulting in changed behaviours and more positive choices.
The program provides a circuit breaker; it can help break bad patterns and open the way to positive pathways. Young people will be supported as they deal with underlying issues that may have led to substance-abuse and addiction. The program teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance: clients learn to develop their own solutions with the help of their self-help group, facilitators and mentors.
At weekly group meetings, participants are supported by professional mentors and their peers, to keep them engaged and participating. They are nurtured, encouraged and supported and can take their time to succeed. Some participants will remain in the program for several months while others will move through more quickly.