Addiction Services Central Ontario
At Addiction Services Central Ontario, counsellors and clients journey together to create new understanding and awareness about substance use and gambling that will support change.Start My Journey
Are You in Crisis?
If you are experiencing an addiction-related crisis, get help now.I am In Crisis
Breaking Free Online Addiction Support Program
Breaking Free Online (BFO) is a free online support tool available to clients of ASCO. It is completely confidential and can be accessed 24/7 on any desktop, tablet or smartphone. The Breaking Free Online program helps individuals develop coping skills and access key resources they can use during or after their treatment.
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ASYR Announces Name Change to Addiction Services Central Ontario
Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) has changed its name to Addiction Services Central Ontario. The new name reflects the evolution, growth and significant geographic expansion of the organization and its services and programs.
Well(nest) Service Provides Day & Evening Treatment
Well(nest) is a new service, providing day and evening treatment, community support and drop-in services to clients with substance use challenges in the North York community.
ASCO Continues with Virtual Care During Pandemic
ASCO continues to provide support to new and existing clients through telephone, virtual face-to-face visits, and other electronic means and are still accepting calls and referrals for service.
Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Substance Use During Covid-19: How Animals Can Help
The connection between humans and animals can be important in reducing stress and anxiety. In the Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada survey led by CCSA, 88% of Canadians identified their relationship with animals or pets as an important support in their recovery from addiction.
How Nutrition Can Improve Mental Health
While you’re probably aware that medication and therapy can be effective, there’s another promising approach that you may have overlooked for mental health: your diet.
New Online Learning Suite Helps End the Stigma of Substance Use
A new suite of online resources to help Canadians recognize the various forms of stigma and their devastating impact on people who use substances.
World’s First Lower-Risk Gambling Guidelines: Helping People in Canada Make Informed Decisions
The Lower-Risk Gambling Guidelines provide evidence-informed advice about how to gamble in a lower-risk way.
What We Do
For nearly 40 years, Addiction Services Central Ontario (ASCO) has been a leading government funded treatment provider for substance use, problem gambling and mental illness.
We place clients at the centre of their treatment —exploring their short and long-term goals with a respectful and understanding approach that meets their needs.
Community Impact for 2020/21
More than 25,400 visits by clients in the last fiscal year.
We helped 373 people look for affordable housing.
300 individuals received counselling for problem gambling.
Help us support those who need us most. Your donation will help us to deliver and improve vital programs and services that support individuals in our community experiencing addiction concerns.Help Us Help Others