Strength Program

The Strength Program offers a range of programming (residential and day treatment) and supports for youth 15-24 years of age who require more intensive support for substance misuse and mental health issues. 

The program is offered for 16 weeks and includes: 

  • counselling/therapy
  • one-on-one and group treatment
  • family and parental support
  • life skills development
  • educational curriculum
  • recreational activities and
  • substance use, addiction and problem gambling support.

Throughout the program, participants will learn and develop skills in the following areas:

  • relapse prevention;
  • self esteem;
  • making healthy choices;
  • developing trust in others and yourself;
  • goal setting;
  • healthy relationships;
  • managing cravings; and
  • coping with anger, depression and other emotions.

After completing the program, follow-up aftercare is provided for up to 24 weeks, along with family support for as long as needed. 


The Strength program is located within a dedicated area of the Youth Recovery Centre in Summerside. The program site includes: 

  • twelve residential beds with 24/7 care
  • classrooms for programming
  • common space with entertainment amenities
  • office space for staff and
  • access to a shared gymnasium


There is no registration cost or fee.

Eligibility requirements

You must be between the age of 15 and 24 years and referred by one of the following: 

  • Canadian Mental health Association staff
  • Health PEI addiction counsellors
  • Inpatient and outpatient withdrawal management registered nurse
  • ER crisis response team
  • Student well-being team
  • Community social worker
  • PEI Department of Justice and Public Safety staff

Care providers can submit referrals by:

  1. Completing the Strength Program Referral form.
  2. Providing the client with a copy of the Strength Handbook and reviewing the daily schedule (p. 5) and the handbook highlights (p. 12).
  3. Asking their patient/client to complete the Strength Pre-Assessment Questionnaire and the Treatment Entry Questionnaire.
  4. Faxing both to 902-432-2619.  Please do not email. 

For more information

Contact a Community Addiction or Community Mental Health office in your area.

Published date: 
September 15, 2023
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