Hamilton Health Sciences
Departments and Services

Men's Withdrawal Management Centre

595 Main St. E.
Phone: (905) 527-9264

Additional Contact Information

No doctor's referral necessary. Referrals may be made personally, or by any service or individual. Open 24 hours, seven days a week. Location: 595 Main St. E., just east of Sanford Avenue South.

Service Director(s):
Wendy Murdock

Patients Served
Men aged 16 years or older, who are intoxicated, in withdrawal, or are otherwise in crisis due to alcohol and/or drug use can stay at the centre. Clients must be conscious, ambulatory and medically stable upon admission.

Services provided
The centre is a non-medical facility. Qualified staff monitor clients and refer to medical care as appropriate

Support, safety and care are offered through the acute stages of intoxication, withdrawal and crisis.

Nutritious meals, laundry facilities, and a warm comfortable environment are provided throughout. Clients participate in day-to-day activities and routines.

Various groups are provided to support clients in their decisions regarding addiction issues. 12 step groups are offered as a component of service.

Weekly groups include the “Roads to Recovery” program facilitated by our dedicated volunteers for clients and their significant others.

Comprehensive assessment and treatment planning are offered. The provincial standardized tools are implemented in this process.

Referrals can be made to a number of community agencies, including other addiction services, housing, mental health and other supportive organizations.

Phone support and information is available 24 hours for past, or potential clients, community service providers, stakeholders, and family and friends.

The Men's Withdrawal Management Team
The team is made up of a Director, Manager, Program Coordinator, RPN’s and Withdrawal Management Counsellors who provide exemplary care to our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What should I bring with me?
A. Your Ontario Health Card and a valid drug card if you have one.  A few basic toiletries, a change of clothes for approx 4 days. We have laundry facilities if needed. A maybe some reading material if you wish.

Q. How long will I stay?
A. Our average length of stay is 4-5 days. Some stay for a shorter period and some stay longer, it all depends on the needs of the individual.

Q. Can I have visitors? 
A. Visitors are allowed to see you after you have been in the centre for 48 hours and/or your withdrawal symptoms have been stabilized. Visiting hours are daily form 6-8 pm and 10-am- 12pm and 6-8 pm on the weekends. Please inform staff if someone is visiting you.

Q. What is a provincial assessment?
A. The assessment is a package of 8 assessment tools used to help you and your counsellor decide what type of treatment will best suit your needs, focusing on your strengths.  The assessment is offered if you are interested in further treatment of your addiction. The staff will meet with you for approximately 2 hours and after that time a recommendation for treatment is made. A referral to the centre of your choice is made and then discharge planning is discussed.

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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