Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre was founded in 1979 in Ottawa-Carleton to provide alternative addiction services to women.

Over the intervening years, thousands of women have come through our doors for assistance in freeing themselves of substance use problems.

Working from a feminist perspective, Amethyst makes direct links between the unequal position of women in society, the forms of violence against women and their substance use. Our aim is to support women, individually and together, in taking charge of their lives by making changes that enhance women’s strengths, freedom and choices.

As a feminist organization, Amethyst aspires to equality and just for all women. This means that as well as providing services for addicted women, we develop prevention programs in the community, and work towards changing social structures that place women at risk of addiction. We also work with other services and organizations in the women<s community to address issues of common concern.