Drug Treatment Centre Detoxification & Rehabilitation Service


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Holmes House is located in Simcoe, Ontario, close to Norfolk General Hospital, the governing agency.

Holmes House offers withdrawal management services (detoxification) from alcohol and mood-altering chemicals in a residential setting. Support is offered 24-hours per day, year round.

A short-term (21-day) co-ed treatment program is also available for clients requiring a residential setting as well as clients who are able to commute daily to our facility.

Aftercare is available in two different locations for those who wish to stay connected following treatment.

Supportive Housing is also available, post treatment, for those who meet the criteria.


Withdrawal Management Services

Holmes House provides residential withdrawal management for men and women aded 16 and obver on a voluntary basis. We accept people who are intoxicated, in withdrawal, or in crisis related to their use of alcohol or drugs. Please call us for a screening prior to admission.

Holmes House is a non-medical facility. Medications to assist withdrawal are to be prescribed by the client's doctors, and dispensing will be monitored by Holmes House staff. Our close proximity to the Norfolk General Hospital Emergency Department allows quick access to those in severe distress.

Trained staff are on duty 24/7 to monitor, evaluate and assist clients in need. 24-hour telephone support is also available to clients who wish to connect with our staff.

Individuals who are being tapered from prescription medication by their doctor are encouraged to utilize Holmes House services for support.


Treatment Services

Holmes House provides an open-ended, 21-day, structured program designed to involve clients in their recovery. Residential beds are available to those in need. Those within commuting distance may attend from their residence daily throughout the 3 week program providing they have a safe environment that is conducive to recovery.

 Counselling is provided in both individual and group settings. The primary focus areas are:

  • Bio-psycho-social effects of chemical dependency
  • Self-esteem
  • Competencies
  • Anger, resentments & coping skills
  • Dealing with guilt & shame
  • The impact of biases & prejudices
  • Dealing with family violence
  • Healthy relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Boundries
  • Finding motivation
  • Public health issues
  • Concurrent disorders
  • Dealing with post-acute withdrawal
  • 12-step support
  • Basic pharmacology
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Proper nutrition
  • Relapse prevention
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Mental wellnes
  • Mindfulness
  • Spirituality

For maximum exposure to all means of support and recovery, clients are required to attend three 12-step meetings per week during the program. Prior to acceptance to the Holmes House Treatment program, a standardized assessment must be completed to determine client suitability.


Addictions Supportive Housing

Norfolk Hospital - Holmes House

Addiction Supportve Housing (ASH) is a program available to residents of Haldimand and Norfolk counties. The objective of the program is to help people who are committed to ongoing recovery and to maintain housing by providing support in their home environment. Participants will be actively working with a councelor on an individualized recovery plan.

This program provides temporary housing up to 364 days in length. The treatmentplan will include education and practicing skillsto obtain stable and appropriate housing by the participant's discharging date.



Holmes House encourages graduates of their treatment program or graduates of other treatment programs, to engage in our 2-year aftercare program for continued support and assistance in their ongoing recovery.

To better serve alumni, our aftercare is provided in two locations:

  1. At Holmes House on Wednesday evenings
  2. In Brantford at the Brantford General Hospital on Thursday evenings.

Aftercare clients meet with a Holmes House rehab counsellor in a group setting where they can discuss their progress, difficulties and all issues relevant to continued success.


Recovery Sessions

Recovery sessionas are available to all thosein the community wishing to enhance lifestyle changes in regard to Addictions and Concurrent Disorders. These sessions take palce each Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and each Thursday from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Thos e attending these eucational sessions are expected to be free from substance use or alcohol usage when taking part in these sessions.


Family Program

Holmes House offers educational support sessions to individuals, couples or families of those experiencing problems with alcohol/substance use.

These sessions take place on Monday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Family members and/or loved ones are invited to attend whenever convenient for them.



Holmes House services are funded by the Ministry of Health.


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For further information or to enroll in our services, contact (24 hours):

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CRISIS LINE: 1.888.999.4966
FAX: 519.428.7756

Email Contacts

Intake Counsellor - Caroline Bancarz cbancarz@ngh.on.ca

Transitional Counsellor - Jenn Pyne jpyne@ngh.on.ca

Supervisor - Philip Kuva pkuva@ngh.on.ca 

Addiction Supportive Housing (ASH) Counsellor - Marcy Elliott melliott@ngh.on.ca

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