Long-term recovery from the progressive and deadly disease of alcohol and drug addiction is a difficult process at best. Learning how to stay sober is simple but not easy. That is to say the necessary steps are not complex at all, but they do take time, effort, and usually do not come without struggle. While some people are able to find sustained recovery through treatment centers, historically 75 percent of those attending 30-day treatment programs suffer relapses within the first 12 months of their treatment. However, when treatment is followed by three-to-six months of residency in a continuing care facility, the relapse statistics dramatically decline to the 25 percent range. In essence, continuing care facilities are a crucial, effective, and necessary vehicle in assisting individuals in recovery “get their feet back on the ground” by bridging the time gap between a treatment center and their full-scale re-entry into society at large.
While sobriety is the absolute critical first step, we believe it is only the beginning of the recovery process. What we are after is a more all-embracing and sustaining recovery. We believe two additional critical building blocks must be developed; (1) learning how to recognize and replace self-destructive patterns, (2) practising healthy and productive life skills. Mastering these areas provides a recovering addict not only a more solid foundation for recovery but also over time a new perspective on life. And with this new perspective comes the ability to live happily, joyfully, and peacefully with both one’s self and others plus the opportunity to have a more meaningful life with a successful assimilation back into society at large.
Our programs as described on the following pages are designed to facilitate these goals. To accomplish this, we provide both a comprehensive and collaborative approach that begins following a client’s discharge from a treatment center. Beginning with the initial in-take assessment, our licensed staff involves our clients in every step of their recovery. Each client recovery plan is individually tailored to identify and meet their psychological, emotional, behavioural, physical, and spiritual growth needs.
Clients are provided a multi-faceted range of individual and group sessions, private counselling, education, relapse prevention, life skill training, family counselling, and real world work experiences. Clients live in safe, sober, comfortable and structured living environments and through this 90-120 day process, clients gain insight into underlying factors driving addictive and codependent behaviours, learn and practice new behaviours, set realistic goals and dramatically improve their chances of achieving long-term recovery and a fulfilling, productive, and successful life.
Throughout each of the programs listed on the following pages, we incorporate facets of the Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous Big Book along with their 12 Step programs as a toolbox for long-term sobriety and roadmap in developing necessary life skills.