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Our History

In 1979, La Maison Arc-en-Ciel was founded on beautiful farmland just outside the Township of Opasatika in the heart of the Boreal Forest of Northeastern Ontario. In its early years, the facility operated with the support of volunteer workers and donations from various groups and the private sector.

In 1989, La Maison Arc-en-Ciel became an organization subsidized by the Ontario Ministry of Health. Through this support the rehabilitation facility was able to make progressive changes to programming, activities, and services. Today, the centre serves male youth ages 12 to 24 who are residents of Ontario, who speak French and English at no cost to them or their families.

Our Philosophy

We know that treatment requires a commitment of time and vulnerability. Our commitment is to accompany our clients toward independence to ensure that they get a great start on the journey of recovery and a renewed ability to lead a meaningful and rewarding life.

At La Maison Arc-En-Ciel, our mission is to guide our male clients through a recovery process based in nature, built on equine relationships, and living a life of equal responsibility within a household. We also believe in working in conjunction with our clients’ families and friends to ensure a positive reintegration into their home community, school, or job.

We know that individuals are unique, and that addiction is a complex illness, often accompanied by other mental and physical health issues. All people are not the same and to be successful, the treatment plan must consider the unique aspects of each individual. Our team will continually assess individual needs and tailor treatment strategies to help each client be successful.

Our Mission

  • Guide our male clients through a recovery process based in nature, built on equine relationships, and living a life of equal responsibility within a household

  • To help male youth between the ages of 12 and 24, struggling with substance abuse, addiction, and mental health issues.

  • Work in conjunction with our clients’ families and friends to ensure a positive reintegration into their home community, school, or job.

Referral Process

The intake process begins with a self referral or from a referral agent in collaboration with the client. The referral agent will forward the referral package to La Maison Arc-en-Ciel.

Referral Package

Testimonials

The Centre is a really good place to recover. With the good staff at La Maison Arc-en-Ciel, the time passes much faster. The first couple of weeks are really hard, but after that the time goes by quickly and you have fun. La Maison Arc-en-Ciel is an occupational therapy center so you work, that’s what makes the time pass and makes you forget about your consumption. So, if you have a substance abuse problem forget about the distance between you and your home and give them a chance to help you and give you a chance to help yourself.

Raphël, 15 yrs old

My stay at La Maison Arc-en-Ciel was truly amazing! The staff welcomed me with open arms, they are all beautiful in their own little ways. You really learn a sense of responsibility by working in different areas, which you can use throughout your life. At first, it sure doesn’t look like much fun, but seriously, their methods are very effective. It really helped me open my eyes and get back on the planet because in life you have to work, it’s not always the party. I would like to thank the staff for really helping me, they are really great!

Éric, 18 yrs old

I would first like to thank everyone at La Maison Arc-en-Ciel for making my stay one of the most enjoyable. Prior to my arrival, I had lost control of my life and saw no light at the end of the tunnel. My addiction had taken over and destroyed all my goals and objectives. I came to the Centre doubting the program, but more importantly doubting my abilities and potential. Almost immediately upon my arrival I felt supported and appreciated by the other residents and workers. Thanks to the qualified staff, the resourced individual sessions, the productive group sessions, the occupational therapy, the interesting and entertaining activities as well as the constant moral support, my stay has forever changed my perception of life and more importantly…of myself. I would like to invite all those who, like me, have given up hope and for whom life is a nightmare, to give La Maison Arc-en-Ciel a chance, but more importantly a chance to yourself. Finally, I would like to thank La Maison Arc-en-Ciel and all the workers for giving me a second chance at life. I will never forget my experience and I will be forever grateful to you. Many thanks!

François, 23 yrs old

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Our treatment program offers a combination of traditional Aboriginal healing practices and Western treatment methods

Our treatment program offers a combination of traditional Aboriginal healing practices and Western treatment methods

These methods are evidence based with a trauma informed approach. Our goal is to help clients regain balance and build autonomy in their life.

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