Oasis invites you to be part of a movement that helps individuals who have made the decision to be free of drug and alcohol addiction and integrate themselves back into society by providing programs and services designed to help them to stabilize their recovery, overcome personal barriers, educate themselves and join the workforce by finding viable employment.
The programs are also available to family members and friends and to individuals in need – those who have employment barriers and have difficulty finding a job.
At first Oasis was a safe haven, where people who had troubles in the past – drugs, alcohol, unemployment, homelessness – could go and stay out of trouble. People could relax there, have a cup of coffee, talk to other people like them who knew what they were going through – they’d been there.
And now? Twenty-three years later, the OASIS Addiction Recovery Society still provides post-detox individuals, treatment centre graduates and Twelve Step Fellowship members support – a ‘safe haven’ and sane social interactivity.
And now there’s more – much more. The founders realized that meaningful work was a key element in rebuilding individual pride, the human spirit and the will to succeed – to find a better life.
We now serves about 700 individuals per year. We place approximatley 170 people a year into meaningful full or part-time employment.
These numbers can be increased with the cooperation of society as a whole and the business community in particular, by providing jobs. Employment helps individuals stay clean and sober as well as re-integrate into society, and this benefits everyone.
Welcome to our journey towards ‘A Better Life for All’.
In 1992, I entered a treatment centre to deal with my alcohol addiction. I stayed 28 days with about 25 other people.
In the first two or three weeks, I was concentrating on learning about my addiction...My Personal Experience
In Toronto, Ontario, we have an effective system for helping addicts and alcoholics achieve recovery.
To help people begin their addiction recovery we have treatment centres, 12 Step programs, counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists, fitness instructors and medical professionals treating the whole human structure “Body, Mind and Spirit”. These places and people help change people’s addictive behaviours.
What is missing is support for people in recovery returning to work in productive, meaningful careers. ….Help in Toronto
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