Focus is a charitable organization that is a support system for those who are suffering from the disease of addiction. Our open door policy allows anyone who has a desire for help with their addiction to come to our offices for assistance without waiting for an appointment.
Focus was created in the spring of 1993, and was founded by two addiction counsellors who recognized a gap in the “helping services” system. The program’s education training efforts commenced in August of 1993 at the Salvation Army’s Shelter located on North Street in Hamilton. The doors to our new address at 35 Union Street were opened on October 1st, 1995 and eleven years later we moved to 47 Elliott Street, Hamilton.
We focus on people who have “fallen through the cracks” of society. While not all of them suffer from substance abuse, it is estimated that at least 75% have problems associated with alcohol/drug abuse. Most express a desire for direction in their lives but are reluctant to seek help from formalized helping agencies.
Focus fills this gap by encouraging positive attitudes, life-skills and elective strategies to deal with and conquer complex alcohol and other drug issues.
The Archibald report determined some of the aims of Focus. Recommendation #23 of that report states: “We recommend that for the skills development component, appropriate staff be employed to teach job interviewing techniques, job training, skills of daily living, budgeting, decision making skills, stress management, etc. to recovering persons who need them for effective recovery.”