24-hour Alumni Support
Alumni coordinators are available 24 hours a day for alumni requiring support, needing help finding services in their community, or who just want to check in and say hi. We encourage clients to stay in touch by text or phone, especially during the first transition home when typical challenges of life often arise.
Our Alumni Manager travels to major cities in Canada throughout the year to host complimentary dinners for alumni in that area. Alumni dinners are offered 2-4 times a year in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto, with more locations being added every year.
Refresher Weekend Program
Our alumni are welcome to take advantage of free refresher stays at anytime to reconnect, regroup, and reground with staff and peers. Refresher weekend program participants are encouraged to attend large group activities and share their stories as a way of giving back.
In-person and virtual coaching in over a dozen Canadian cities is included in a client’s treatment to help them stay active and engaged in their personal recovery after leaving us. Returning home after treatment can be difficult for many alumni and we want to be there for them. Coaches are available via phone and online appointments if clients cannot meet in person.
Alumni Support Meetings
Weekly and bi-weekly alumni support meetings are available across Canada as a way to connect alumni with one another and let them re-experience the power of the peer group. These meetings are facilitated by counsellors and recovery coaches.
Note: All in-person meetings transitioned to virtual sessions during COVID-19. Depending on location restrictions, some meetings are returning to in-person meetings in outdoor areas.
Our non-profit, Sober Sports, offers sports for individuals recovery in select cities. These activities, such as floor hockey, are designed so that people in recovery can reconnect with other alumni, be physically active, and have fun all at the same time! For more information, visit Sober Sports.
Our satellite locations serve alumni and their families. It also connects alumni and new clients with our admissions team. You can reach us at each location over the phone or by email. Find the office nearest you:
601 West Broadway, Suite 400
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2
220-145 Chadwick Ct, North
Vancouver, BC V7M 3K1
Phone: 604. 265.0514
1321 Blanshard St.
Victoria, BC V8W 0B6
1816 Crowchild Trail NW Suite 700
Calgary, AB T2M 3Y7
10665 Jasper Ave. NW 14th Floor
Edmonton, AB T5J 3S9
36 King Street E. Suite 400
Toronto, ON M5C 3B2
What You Need to Know About Relapse
There is no predicting how long it will take each person to develop a healthy, meaningful life without drugs and alcohol. If you’ve ever been ill, you know that it’s impossible to predict exactly when you will recover. That’s because every person has a unique history and set of problems. When you are going to treatment, the same lack of predictability applies.
Many of our clients will initially come for our 30-day program and find that they aren’t ready to leave near the end because of a couple of issues they are still working on. These clients often stay a couple of weeks longer, sometimes even for a couple of months. Other clients feel very ready to go at the end of 30 days and return to their home communities to work with local service providers for aftercare.
For clients who leave us and discover later on that they are still struggling to find stability or have returned to using drugs or alcohol, returning for more help is a popular option. We encourage clients to see their relapse as a sign that they need more help with an issue they didn’t resolve with us the first time, instead of viewing themselves as a failure.
In our experience, it is normal for people to return to treatment for a length of time before being able to truly create a stable recovery. When alumni return to see us, we help them shift their view of relapse as a failure to a teachable opportunity. There is a clear connection between the willingness to keep trying after a relapse and eventually long term recovery. It’s important not to give up.
For additional Alumni Resources, please create an account or login to our Alumni Portal.