Do you feel like an outsider at home, with friends, or at work? We recognize the importance of reconnecting with others in the recovery process and can help.
Are you afraid of going to treatment? We know that getting help is not an easy decision. That is why we're committed to giving you a sense of control every step of the way.
Has life become meaningless and boring? We approach addiction as a response to a life that lacks meaning and purpose. While with us, we help you uncover your passion for living again.
Recovering from addiction is more than being clean and sober. We're committed to your personal growth and helping you pursue the dreams you've set aside.
We find many of our clients have turned to addiction in response to feeling separated or disconnected from others. This seems to hold true regardless of age, income, or drug of choice. As a result, we have intentionally designed our program to emphasize connection with others.
For example, our clients benefit from the intimacy of an all-male peer group. Daily recreation and social events reinforce the importance of friendship. Family is emphasized through our complementary Family & Couples Program. Finally, our staff is valued as much (if not more) for their ability to relate to clients than their job skills.
Throughout their stay with us, clients are encouraged to take control of their treatment plan. Clients have shown us that when we involve them in designing their treatment plan, they have a greater sense of ownership, not only in their plan, but in their long-term recovery. As a result, no two treatment plans at Sunshine Coast are the same because we recognize that no two clients are the same. Fortunately, staffing and programming are sufficiently flexible to allow clients multiple paths to recovery.
Philosophically, our approach at Sunshine Coast emphasizes the capacities of clients to take control of their lives, regardless of circumstances or personal and social limitations. Clients learn that control is possible when they, as human beings, take existential responsibility for their situation, their suffering, and their destiny. This is wholly different than moral responsibility, or blame, which only leads to a sense of guilt for past wrongdoings and a reinforced sense of hopelessness. In other words, our version of responsibility means that clients are the author of their lives, able to "rewrite" their story and go forward with a sense of possibility for the future.
It is important to recognize that most treatment centres resist the idea of giving clients control over their treatment. Sunshine Coast is decidedly non-12 Step in this respect, preferring that clients be free to solve their own problems rather than be directed by a counsellor acting as "expert authority figure." Ultimately, Sunshine Coast assumes that that clients are the best experts on themselves and, given the right conditions, can realize their potential.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
At Sunshine Coast, we recognize that clients must first have a reason to stop using drugs or alcohol. Without a reason, clients are likely to simply go through the motions, struggle with boredom and, eventually, relapse. Furthermore, Sunshine Coast recognizes that reasons that focus on fear are only effective in the short-term.
Instead, our meaning-centered approach focuses on long-term aspirations such as intimate relatedness with friends and family and a fulfilling career. In other words, clients at Sunshine Coast explore recovery from the perspective of a life of possibility over avoidance. Once a client finds his purpose, we have noticed that the motivation to go to meetings, eat healthy and exercise regularly comes naturally.
Sunshine Coast has designed a program that helps clients manage their lives more effectively. Like other programs, clients at Sunshine Coast learn to deal with immediate concerns (for example, alcohol cravings), environmental issues (for example, dealing with drug-using friends), and personal issues (anger, depression, and anxiety). Furthermore, our therapy provides avoidance strategies, such as techniques for decreasing anger or anxiety.
We believe, however, that effective treatment is not just about coping, or even just healing, but also about growth. The staff at Sunshine Coast know that successful recovery is more than just a life free of problems. Instead, our program is designed to help clients overcome personal barriers that are keeping them from realizing their full potential.
We offer on-site alcohol withdrawal and drug detox so our clients don't need to withdraw on their own. We treat everything from stimulants such as crack cocaine and painkillers such as Oxycontin. Whether for drug or alcohol detoxification, all clients start their treatment in our 24-hour staffed medical unit.
We believe it is critical to involve families in the recovery process. That is why we offer a complimentary family & couples program. In addition, clinical staff provides ongoing support for family members while their loved one is in treatment - even after they return home.
In our experience, we find that loved ones who participate in these programs have a significant advantage over families who choose not to participate. By changing the family dynamic at home, all family members have a higher likelihood of healing and growth after clients return home from treatment.
For more information, visit our Family & Couples Programs & Services page.
We understand the destructive nature of drug addiction. In our drug rehab program, we use a non-12-step methodology of empowerment and work with you to create an individualized program that meets your needs. We partner with you in your recovery from drugs as soon as you register and provide ongoing support even after you return home.
Mental health services are available in addition to addiction rehab. All clients receive initial medical and psychiatric assessments as well as ongoing medical and mental health services (psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, and masters level counsellors) during their stay.
Getting fit and being active is a great way to start and maintain your recovery. We are committed to helping clients adopt a healthy lifestyle - a key component to success. Our clients have access to onsite fitness and recreation services, including scheduled outings to local leisure areas. By working with our kinesiologist, clients can begin to develop the skills necessary to make health and wellness a part of their lifestyle back home.
Sunshine Coast Health Centre is not just for addiction treatment. We also treat mental health issues such as PTSD, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Call us toll-free at 1 (866) 487-9010 for more information on our trauma program.
We are one of Canada's top alcohol treatment and drug rehabilitation centres. Located in Powell River, British Columbia, we are a mens-only, non 12-step rehab program serving Vancouver, Victoria, and all of British Columbia. Many of our clients seeking quality residential rehab and detox also come from Edmonton or Calgary in Alberta and other cities across Canada like Winnipeg and Toronto.
At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, we welcome the opportunity to be different than other residential drug rehabilitation programs in Canada. Some of the innovations we have adopted since our opening in 2004 include:
1. A non-traditional treatment model approach that integrates non-12 Step, research-based practices, including medical, psychiatric, psychosocial, and positive existential psychotherapy. We are an abstinence-based program that is not based on the disease model of addiction.Learn More