Our Programs

F.A.S.T. was established based on a pressing need in our community for substance abuse counselling and treatment.

Looking forward…

The Secret of Success…
“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.”


Our Programs:


This is a 10-12 week program around the understanding of substance abuse and its effects on adults, adolescent and family. Learn More


Straight Talk includes three 30-minute videos and a discussion guide. A chronology from early home and school issues, through addiction and recovery. Learn More

Decision Making

Life is full of decisions, big and small. Some decisions are important or scary and it seems tempting to just ignore them. Most have consequences whether we do something or not. Good choices can make our lives better and less chaotic. Learn More


Stress can be good and bad. We need stress to learn and grow but too much and it’s hard to function. Learn More


Have you ever felt that the more you spoke the less you were heard? Did you know you could be saying one thing, while your body is silently saying the opposite? Learn More


Do you see an argument as a competition with a winner and a loser? Isn’t it funny how that momentary victory leaves you feeling worse than before? Learn More


Anger, when harnessed properly, can be the positive spark for universal change. Learn More

Assessments & Programs

S.A.S.S.I. Assessment: Because no two people are the same, it is important that we develop a custom treatment program for each and every one of our clients. In order to achieve this we need to accurately assess them, to achieve this we implement the SASSI test. Once treatment has commenced, it is important to monitor clients to ensure no regression, for this we use regular and random testing. For all individuals it is important to match treatment setting, interventions and services to each individual’s particular problems.

SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory)

The SASSI is a tool used to effectively identify substance dependence. The SASSI was developed to minimize the impact of factors such as age, education level, and ethnic background, which may affect the outcomes of some tests. The scoring sheets are adjusted for gender, and the adolescent version was developed and tested independently from the adult version. The instrument is based on 20 years of ongoing research, and all of the SASSI materials are regularly reviewed and updated to enhance their utility and accuracy.Beyond identifying individuals with substance dependence disorders, the SASSI provides valuable clinical information regarding defensiveness, openness to intervention, treatment considerations, and risk of future offenses.Some facts:· Identifies substance dependence accurately, objectively and quickly· Tested: 93% accurate· Effective even when clients are unable or unwilling to acknowledge relevant behaviors· Can be administered to individuals or groups in less than 15 minutes· Can be scored manually in less than five minutes The SASSI’s ease of use, brevity, and non-offensive questions reduce resistance in test takers. When the SASSI is scored, it produces 10 scales. One flags clients who did not respond to the questions in a meaningful way. Another scale, COR, assists in assessment and treatment planning for individuals with criminal histories. The simple, objective scoring procedure allows quick identification of individuals likely to have a substance dependence disorder. Criminal justice systems have used the SASSI successfully since it was first made available in 1988.

See also progression of Stages of Change