What to Expect Upon Arrival
Once cleared from medical withdrawal (or your 24-hour medical observation if detox wasn’t needed), you will connect with the primary counsellor who will work closely with you for your entire stay. Your counsellor’s assessments will include arranging different treatments that might help with your specific problems. Assessment is what makes individualized care possible and helps us gauge if a treatment is effective for you. Your counsellor also facilitates the small group therapy that you and your peers attend every morning. You will also complete additional assessments with our clinical, medical, and fitness and nutrition teams.
Our Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program
Psychological (or ‘talk’) therapy serves as the foundation of our clinical program because it is the most supported therapy in research. This is where you and your counsellor focus on the therapeutic relationship. To facilitate the client-therapist relationship, we utilize addiction counselling methods that reflect the Rogerian* principles of unconditional, positive regard, empathy, and genuineness.
*Note: ‘Rogerian’ refers to the pioneering work of psychologist Carl Rogers (1902-1987).
Complementary therapies help round out our clinical program. Many of the complementary therapies we offer approach a traumatic or distressing memory that may not always respond to talk or drug therapy (such as EMDR). While studies into these alternative therapies may be considered preliminary, we will continue to provide them to clients until research suggests otherwise.
Your relationship with your peers during your stay is an important part of your recovery as there is a tendency for those struggling with addiction to isolate during life’s challenges. By sharing their experiences and supporting others who are struggling with similar issues, clients can experience strength in numbers. While many clients are initially apprehensive about small group therapy, their feedback later shows it’s one of the highlights of an overall great program.
On the flip side, sharing intimate thoughts and living together for an extended period can also be the catalyst for romance in a co-ed residential care environment. Men and women in early recovery are particularly vulnerable to jumping into unhealthy relationships. This can have a devastating impact on marriages and have a “triangulating” effect in the peer group where jealousy can start. Our treatment center is intentionally “men-only” so that clients can experience the power of the peer group in a safe environment.
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