Admittance Requirements

In most cases, 72 hours of sobriety is required. This is dependent upon consumption and type or amount of drugs and/or alcohol use. Please remember that stopping a substance without proper supervision can lead to health complications, seizures or even death. If you are, or know someone who is considering treatment and want to get help, please call or email us with your questions or concerns. We strongly suggest that you contact your local hospital and ask them to give you information on withdrawal management.

To get the most out of our treatment program, individuals must show a desire to change and must also be physically and mentally stable to participate in the program. Our program is open to male clients, 17 years of age or older. If you are uncertain, you can contact us for further entry requirements.

Please note, if the individual is currently using an opioid substitute, such as Methadone or Suboxone, they must be at a stable dose at the time of admission.

How Do I Apply

Applications to Irving House can be made through various avenues. Connect with us today by calling our intake staff directly at 613-717-3118. We can also be reached by email at or

We accept self-referral, family referral, and referral agency contacts. No additional assessment required.

Upon Intake

Although we try to keep our information gathering to a minimum, it is very important that we collect certain information to ensure the best possible outcome for the individual. The information can be gathered through assessments, questionnaires, intake forms and general conversations. Please rest assure that all information collected is protected under the Privacy Act.

Here at Irving House, you can expect a supportive environment as we welcome everyone like it is their own home. You will have more individual time with your counsellor and private time to discover your own ways of healing.

Fee For Service

Potential clients usually rely on their own resources in terms of financially covering the costs of treatment, however, we do recognize the strain alcohol and drugs can place on your life financially and we are here to support you in terms of finding resources to cover the costs. We are always looking for ways to help individuals who cannot afford treatment costs.

Irving house is an affordable treatment centre; you will find everything you need in terms of quality care, case management, treatment planning and aftercare.

The fees for our services vary as we have variable lengths of programming and offer semi-private or private rooms. Full payment is required upon admission. Irving House accepts payments by one of the following means: wire transfer, certified cheque, credit card or financing.

We do have financing options available please call for more information or visit the links provided on our home page.

What to Expect

The benefits to this type of environment come in many forms:
• You can expect more one-on-one attention from the staff and counsellors.
• You can expect more private time to deal with your own healing and outlook.
• You can expect more education concerning holistic attributes of healing, like diet and exercise.
• You can expect more extensive follow-up care after you complete treatment.

What to Bring

  1. Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, shaving kit, etc.*
  2. Gym shoes and work out clothes
  3. Socks and underwear
  4. Swimsuit
  5. Jacket (weather appropriate)
  6. Comfortable casual clothing (laundry facilities provided)
  7. Water bottle
  8. Small day pack
  9. Prescription medicine as prescribed and in the original containers Blister pack are preferred. (Please bring enough for your entire stay).
  10. Over-the-counter medication and vitamins in the original packaging
  11. Debit and/or credit card
  12. Enough cigarettes for your entire stay (for smokers) however you will be able to go to the local store to purchase more.
  13. A printed copy of all relevant telephone numbers and other emergency information that would be helpful.
  14. Personal Health Card and other relevant ID
  15. Cell phones, laptops and/or music players are permitted but only limited to your own personal time.
  16. Headphones if bringing items identified above.
*Please review all of your bathroom products for alcohol as they will be confiscated upon intake if they are found to contain alcohol. 

What Not to Bring

  1. T-shirts with offensive slogans or that promote alcohol or drugs
  2. Excessively revealing clothing
  3. Mouthwash or other items containing alcohol (i.e. perfume and hand sanitizer)
  4. Cameras
  5. Creatine supplements
  6. Energy boosting supplements

Incidental Money

You can bring money for other items and outings which we can keep safe for you, however, should you chose to keep your valuables with you, we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Reading Material

There is a small library of such books that can be signed out while in treatment however you may wish to bring your own materials as well.