Addiction Services

The Ottawa Booth Centre’s addiction services reduce barriers for people seeking addiction treatment. We welcome you to apply if you are:
– on opiate replacement therapies (methadone and suboxone)
– involved with the justice system, or
- have been, and are facing criminal charges.

Read about our Stabilization and Anchorage residential programs in our Stabilization Brochure or Anchorage Brochure. They are located in a shelter setting on George Street in Ottawa’s downtown core.

We can only accept individuals who have been double vaccinated. 

For more about our medication policies at Stabilization and Anchorage click here.

Stabilization Program

Stabilization is an abstinence-based residential program for men. It is located on the 4th floor of the Ottawa Booth Centre shelter. The program provides you with a safe and supportive environment to eliminate your addiction.

Our goal is to help you explore options for change. We do that by combining individual counselling with daily group programming. We encourage you to set and pursue goals from the outset that are meaningful to you.


                               This classroom in the Anchorage facility seats 25 clients. 

Stabilization helps you work towards entering longer-term treatment programs. This includes the on-site four-month Anchorage Addiction Recovery Program (see below for more information).

We provide you with a room that you will share with 1 to 3 people. On the floor, you have access to:

  • Our communal lounge with satellite TV
  • The kitchen
  • Laundry facility on the floor

For additional information see our Stabilization Brochure.

Anchorage Residential Treatment Program

The Anchorage Program offers rehabilitation to men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Our goal is to assist you in achieving an addiction-free lifestyle.

The Anchorage program is abstinence-based. It involves group therapy sessions daily. The program is designed to help you identify and work through core issues related to your drug or alcohol use.

The Program supports you in developing individual recovery goals. When you complete the Anchorage program you may pursue either independent or transitional housing.

Anchorage located next door to OBC Shelter

Alternatively, you may prefer to return to the workforce and/or pursue educational goals. Anchorage is located at 175 George Street, right next to the Ottawa Booth Centre shelter building. It contains 24 beds and provides you with access to:

  • A large communal kitchen
  • Shared lounges with satellite TV
  • Laundry facilities

When you first arrive at Anchorage, you will share space with other residents in a dorm room. Towards the end of treatment, residents may work towards having their own individual rooms.

See our Anchorage Brochure for more information about the program.

Anchorage - 175 George Street

How to Apply

  1. Download our application form or apply online.
  2. Return completed applications to staff (by regular mail, fax or on-line.)
  3. Staff will contact you with an intake date if you are accepted
  4. If there isn’t space for you right away you will be added to our wait list. If so, you are asked to stay in touch with us until a bed opens up.

Please note: We welcome applications from all forms of referral sources including:
– hospitals
– withdrawal management centres
– shelters
– in-patient programs or
– out-patient community agencies

Incarcerated men are also welcome to apply. If so, you may apply personally or with the help of a family member or legal representative(s).

Note that you will require a GAIN Q3 assessment to attend Anchorage.

Need more information?

Our staff are available from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM to answer your questions about the program or the application process.

Supervisor: Susan Allaire 613-241-1573,
ext 407
Fax: 613-562-8117  Susan_Allaire@saobc.org
Manager: Gordon Hudson 613-241-1573,
ext 306
Fax: 613-562-8117  Gordon_Hudson@saobc.org

Toll Free Number: 1-866-446-3030 (ext 306)

*Note that as of January 1, 2019, no electronic devices will be permitted in our programs.