Addictions Counselling and Retreats

Addiction Intervention

We focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and on the client becoming motivated to change. We focus on possibilities rather than problems. Using strength-based therapy and a client-centered approach allows for the creativity in designing treatment strategies.

We start “where the client is” and place faith in the client’s ability to make choices.

Have you decided that you have had enough and are committed to making a change?
  • Create and design a personal development plan
  • Identify and resolve problems
  • Solution-focused strengths perspective

Recovery - addictive obsessions - unmaskingbehaviours and substances that consume yoy

Now available for purchase! The Addictive Obsessions Workbook

This workbook is designed by Laurie Ponsford-Hill, Christie Osborne, and associates, to help anyone looking to recover from their addictive obsessive behaviour.

Family Focused Program
  • Tailored for helping in the reality of an addicted family member
  • Family risks and resiliencies
Action Program
  • Tailored to setting measurable and attainable goals.
Pre-Relapse Program

Have you been experiencing the fear of returning to your addiction?

  • Goal re-affirmation
  • Resolve strengthening
  • Dealing with triggers
Addiction Across the Lifespan
  • Prevention of substance misuse in teens
  • Teenage drinking and using
  • Gender-specific programming for girls
  • Addiction problems among the elderly
  • Prevention of relapse
  • Holistic approaches
  • Eating disorders
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Shopping addiction
  • Lost in cyberspace
  • Sex addiction

Therapy At Portside


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In-Treatment Recovery Program

The Portside ART Institute In-Treatment Recovery Program is a retreat like no other. Located in breathtaking Port Stanley, the Portside Loft is a New York style loft equipped with a professional kitchen, a balcony view of the harbour, and private accommodation.

Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Portside Recovery for Health and Healing

Through Portside Addiction Recovery Treatment, we offer affordably priced private personalized treatment
programs at our intensive inpatient residential treatment centre in Port Stanley, Ontario. The Portside ART
Institute In-Treatment Recovery Program is a retreat like no other. Located in breathtaking Port Stanley, the
Portside Loft is a New York style loft equipped with a professional kitchen, a balcony view of the harbour, and
private accommodation.

Tailored Treatment Specialized Services

Portside ART focuses on a holistic approach to the tailored treatment plan designed for the individuals needs.
A wellness program, family program, and after care program is provided to ensure success in the treatment of
addictive/obsessive behaviour for the individual.
Portside ART takes an individualized approach to our programming, meaning that the loft is reserved for one
patient at a time and there are no group requirements. We offer comprehensive, intensive, person-centred
addiction treatment in a safe, caring executive home-like inpatient treatment centre. Our intensive inpatient
treatment program provides around-the-clock support from our team of psychotherapists and counsellors.

Why Portside?

Portside inpatient addiction treatment means:

  • Person-centred specialized individualized addiction treatment
  • 12-step facilitation uniquely adopted to Internal Family Systems therapy
  • Addictive Obsessions workbook
  • Round-the-clock care
  • Addictive obsessions treatment specialists
  • Education on addiction and recovery
  • One-on-one counselling and therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy, Meditation
  • Art Therapy
  • IFS and EMDR
  • ACT
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Attachment
  • Trauma Processing
  • Pain Management
  • Sensory Room
  • Nutrition/Food Preparation/Cooking Skills
  • Comedy and Drama Therapy
  • Eco Counselling
  • Motivational and Enhancement Therapy
  • Aromatherapy

Addictive Obsessions: You are addicted when you are unable to stop a behavior pattern
or use substances. We have a program that will suit you that covers a wide range of concurrent disorders.
Here is a list of common addictions that we provide in our programs. If you are struggling with anything despite
negative consequences and despite your best efforts to stop, then we can provide a recovery program for you.

  • ADHD
  • Alcohol
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Seeking
  • Avoiding
  • Betting
  • Bulimia
  • Cheating
  • Co-dependency
  • Coffee/Cola
  • Collecting
  • Computers
  • Criminal Activities
  • Depression
  • Dieting
  • Drugs
  • Food
  • Gambling
  • Games
  • Gossiping
  • Fantasizing
  • Internet
  • Kleptomania/Stealing/Shoplifting
  • Lying
  • OCD
  • Pornography
  • Reckless Driving
  • Relationship Distress
  • Risky Behavior
  • Self-Inflicted Injury
  • Sex
  • Shopping
  • Sleeping
  • Smoking
  • Spiritual Activities
  • Sports
  • Television
  • Trauma
  • Vandalism
  • Video Games
  • Working

Patients Include:

  • Men and Women
  • Young Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Executives
  • LGBTQ+
  • Midlife Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Professionals
  • Private Pay


  • Prepay to secure your stay by Credit Card, E-transfer, Pay on-line
  • We accept payment by employer or insurance coverage

Addictive Obsessions Program

  1. Complete a phone interview with admissions staff
  2. Complete intake form
  3. $500.00 non refundable deposit is required
  4. 25 days $12,000.00

Retreats Available

After care:

Continuing Care is provided on a virtual outpatient basis. Ability to call a counsellor, family follow up
counselling, in person follow up sessions, outpatient treatment


Access to nature, air-conditioned building, bathroom essentials, beach access, chefs’ kitchen, nutritious food,
outdoor lounge, private full bathroom, walk in closet, king sized bed, welcome package and much more…


Adventure Outings, Beach walks, cooking classes, games, movies, yoga, artisan soap making, wide range of

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Our Location

600 Princess St. Suite 301,
Woodstock, ON N4S 4H4
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111 Waterloo St. Suite 103,
London, ON N6B 2M4
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187.5 Main St.Port Stanley,
ON N5L 1H6
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If we can help one person make changes in life for the best, we have done a life time of work.


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