New Addiction Treatment Centre Now Open

The New Addiction Treatment Centre in Cambridge will serve Waterloo Region for decades to come.

House of Friendship is thrilled to announce that our new Addiction Treatment Centre is now open at 562 Concession Road in Cambridge.

“We are incredibly grateful to Waterloo Region. So many people have walked with us through this journey, encouraging us and supporting us every step of the way,” said Executive Director John Neufeld. “It’s clear that this community understands the depth of the need for treatment for the men, women and families impacted by addiction, and is ready to support it.”

“A special thank you to the Region of Waterloo for their steadfast commitment to building this facility to benefit our community for decades to come, and for their amazing support and encouragement along the way.”

Move in started last week and treatment services have begun, starting with Men’s Residential Treatment. This will be followed in the fall by day treatment for men and women, with full health and safety protocols in place.

Addiction is “close to home” for many Canadians, and treatment is needed more than ever. This centre will be an incredible resource for families in Waterloo Region who are dealing with the day-to-day realities of living with addiction. They can find hope and new beginnings on their road to recovery with the support available through these valuable programs.

As the largest addiction treatment provider in Waterloo Region, House of Friendship is committed to ensuring that men and women who need help for their substance use can receive these services in a way that provides privacy, dignity and hope. This new treatment centre is part of that commitment.

The project was initially slated to take a year when it was launched in 2017. When it became clear that the opioid crisis was continuing to have a tremendous impact on this community, the project was expanded to include a second floor. This carried the project forward to 2019.

A further delay was caused by an early-morning fire on May 1, 2019, which caused significant damage to the building. The advent of COVID-19 also created additional supply-chain delays.

“It’s exciting to be see this much-needed addiction treatment centre for Waterloo Region become a reality,” said Tara Groves-Taylor, Addiction Services Director. “This is more than a transformed building – it is a place where lives can be rebuilt, where families can begin again.”

To find out more about the range of Addiction Treatment Services provided by House of Friendship, visit

To see more photos of the new Addiction Treatment Centre, and to watch a video that shares the journey of this project, visit

Posted on: August 31st, 2020

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