Ottawa Detox

Ottawa Withdrawal Management Services (Detox)

Welcome to the Ottawa detoxification page. Typically, when individuals or their family members are looking for detox resources they are in crisis. With crisis bring confusion. Where can I get help? How fast can I get in? This page will help you navigate the detoxification system in Ottawa, Ontario.

Do You Need Treatment? Do You Need Detox?
People often confuse the term ‘detox’ with ‘treatment’ so let’s clarify what both words mean. Detox means dealing with the physical aspects of consuming too much drugs or alcohol. The length of stay in a typical Ottawa detox is overnight to 7 days. Many patients are discharged after one overnight if they are deemed to be in no immediate danger due to intoxication. Such is the demand for hospital and detox beds.

Treatment is different from detox in focus and length of stay. Treatment deals with the psychological aspects of substance abuse or chemical dependency whereas detox deals with the physical aspects. The length of stay in treatment can range from several weeks to several months for primary treatment. The second stage of treatment, called sober living or support recovery, is less intensive with fewer clinical staff with a length of stay that ranges from 6 months to several years.

Ottawa Detoxes Don’t Address the Psychological Aspects of Addiction
The majority of detoxes don’t provide counselling or talk therapy. If you are looking for a program that addresses the psychological aspects of drug addiction or alcoholism consider residential treatment. Our addiction program, Sunshine Coast Health Center, is a short 25 minute flight from Vancouver and admissions can be scheduled within a few days. Sunshine Coast also has a medical detox so no clean/sober time is required prior to admission. Many residents of Ottawa choose our facility for confidentiality reasons, our non 12-step approach and our oceanfront location. For more information contact our Admissions Coordinator toll-free at 1(866) 487-9010, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or go to our Contact Us page to send us an email.

Most Detoxes in Ottawa are No Charge
It is important to note that there is no charge for detox at the programs list below as long as you are a resident of Ontario and have a valid Ontario Health Information Plan (OHIP) card.

Don’t Detox Alone
Think again if you are considering detoxing at home. Detoxing from alcohol or alcohol combined with drugs (particularly prescription drugs) can be life-threatening. If you are traveling to a detox facility do not drive yourself – take a taxi, public transit or get a ride with a sober friend or family member. If your admission for alcohol detox is delayed consider small sips of alcohol rather than going cold turkey during the hours leading up to your detox admission. For more information on withdrawing from alcohol refer to the following alcohol information page.

Central Referral Lines for Ottawa Detox Programs and Online Nursing Support
For telephone nursing support when experiencing discomfort due to withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, contact Telehealth Ontario. Based on information provided, a Registered Nurse can either advise self care, recommend a visit to a health practitioner or provide the phone numbers of community resources. This is a free, confidential telephone service.

There is no central referral line for Ottawa detoxification services. Please contact the programs listed below directly.

Detox Programs Located Outside Ottawa, within Ontario
For detox services located in Toronto please visit For detox services in the rest of Ontario contact the Ontario medical services page of

Adult Ottawa Detox Programs

Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre is staffed with non-medically trained so clients must be sufficiently stable prior to admission. Contact this program to determine suitability. 20bed co-ed withdrawal centre for individuals 16 years and older (15 male, 5 female).
Montfort Renaissance Inc.
Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre
1777 Montreal Road
Ottawa, ON K1J 6N1
Phone: (613) 241-1525

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre has a 12-bed unit in psychiatric hospital. Clients are monitored by medically trained staff.
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
Assessment and Stabilization Unit
1145 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K4
Phone: (613) 722-6521 ext. 6158

Youth Ottawa Detox Programs
Individuals 16 years of age and older can access the Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre listed above.

Ottawa Home Detox Programs
There are currently no available home detox programs in Ottawa.

Private Alcohol and Drug Detox Programs
There is no private detox program in Ottawa. However, in British Columbia, has a private, 5-day, fee-for-service residential detox. For more information call toll-free 1(866) 487-9010 or contact by e-mail at