Dépendances (Addictions)



Urban BreakAway Program

Dianova Canada, Inc. and the Canadian Government have recently entered into a partnership designed to take young, at risk adults off the streets of major eastern Canadian cities (Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa). The Dianova Urban Breakaway Program falls under the federal government’s Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund.

Download program's leaflet (pdf)

This particular Dianova program acts as a merging point between the federal government and the community non-profit sector by partnering with reputable, well-established organizations specialized in the area of social services, education, homelessness and addiction. Dianova consolidates the resources of different social service sectors and creates The Dianova Breakaway program, which is designed specifically to help the participants raise their potential autonomy...

The base of this program is a 6 day residential stay at Dianova Canada’s countryside center in Quebec, Canada. The 6 day intensive stay gives participants a chance to reflect on the possibility for positive life change. Fun, recreational, educational and healthy activities are organized in a safe, drug and alcohol free, stress free and friendly atmosphere. Additionally, the program offers educational workshops run by trained facilitators, such as a licensed nutritionist and certified therapeutic counsellors. A few examples of these highly specialized workshops and programs offered at Dianova’s facility are “Health and Nutrition” – designed to address general nutrition, eating habits, nutrition corresponding to addiction and food/budget management and “Dianova’s Therapeutic Ropes Challenge Course program” - designed to address leadership and independent living under the theme: Turning Over a New leaf/New Beginnings.

Currently, Dianova is working in partnership with Dans la rue/Chez Pops, Accueil Bonneau, The Old Brewery Mission (Montreal), YMCA House, YMCA Substance Abuse Program, SKETCH & Youthlink, Shout Clinic, Eva’s Initiatives, TPYS (Toronto). Partnerships are pending in Ottawa and Quebec City.

Summary of the Douglas Hospital research report on the Urban Breakaway Program (pdf document)