What the Government Wants You To Know Before
Purchasing Private Drug Rehab:
The following information is adapted from the Residential Treatment for Teens page of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s * (FTC) Consumer Information website. The following questions are equally appropriate to ask a Canadian private treatment provider for adults:
Are you licensed by the province?
FTC: “If the program claims to be licensed, contact the appropriate provincial ministry of health to verify that the license is current. If the program’s representative can’t provide a facility number registered with the provincial government, consider it a red flag.”
Sunshine Coast Health Center is a provincially-approved facility licensed under the Community Care and Licensing Act by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, BC Ministry of Health. Our facility number is GTHN-SWNS4D.
What about accreditation?
FTC: “Several independent nonprofit organizations, like the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and Accreditation Canada, accredit mental health programs and providers.
“If a treatment program claims to be certified or accredited, parents and guardians should contact the accrediting organization and ask about the standards the organization uses when issuing a certification.”
Sunshine Coast Health Center is accredited by Accreditation Canada under the Qmentum accreditation program.
(*) Note: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them
We know that clients who have a positive treatment experience have a higher likelihood of completing their program and, therefore, better long-term prospects for recovery. Our 9-acre campus is situated on private waterfront and features an abundance of private therapy rooms, lounge space, and recreational amenities.
The Main Campus includes the Clinical Building (below) where clients meet with their assigned psychotherapist (counsellor) and other members of the clinical team. Clients will have all their 1-on-1’s, EMDR, and some group sessions in this building.
The Main Residence consists of two adjoining buildings that include the original facility and a second building constructed in 2008. Clients with mobility issues stay on the main floor where one bedroom and bathroom is wheelchair accessible. The main residence also includes the main client lounge (top left), dining area (middle left), group activity space, the indoor pool (top right), and private and semi-private client rooms upstairs.
The Medical Unit includes 8 private client rooms, a nursing station, and doctors offices as well as the kitchen and lounge area. Initial intake and assessments take place in this building with nursing and client services. There is also a separate medication dispensing area so that clients receiving their medications do not disturb clients resting in the medical unit. Sunshine Coast Health Centre is one of the few drug rehab centres in Canada that has a dedicated medical unit. This provides a safe space for newly-admitted clients needing alcohol and drug detoxification. Clients report to us a sense of safety, knowing that nursing staff are monitoring them in an area dedicated to their acute medical needs.
Our newly renovated “red door” building (below left) is home to group therapy spaces (below right) and additional counselling offices.
The Renewal Centre (below) is our group space for the Family & Couples Program. It has a large atrium with ample natural lighting and a great view of the Pacific Ocean. The bottom floor includes a fully-equipped fitness centre complete with free weights, weight racks, benches, and cardio equipment (below, bottom right).
Traditionally, alcohol & drug rehabilitation centres have offered either semi-private (2 to a room) or dorm-style (4 or more) accommodations as a way to maximize revenues and balance sleeping quarters with other demands for floor space (offices, lounge areas, activity rooms, etc.). Another reason for not offering private rooms is based on the concern that clients may isolate in their rooms rather than spend time with their peer group.
While Sunshine Coast Health Center acknowledges that not all clients are appropriate for private rooms, having a one-size-fits-all policy is not necessarily in the best interests of clients who may opt out of going to drug rehabilitation simply because they do not want a roommate. That is why Sunshine Coast Health Center offers both private and semi-private accommodations.
Clients at Sunshine Coast Health Center have the option of either semi-private (two clients per room) or private rooms. Clients who have sleep disorders (snoring, sleep apnea, etc.) or simply prefer the privacy of their own room now have a choice. Please note there is an additional fee for a private room.
Powell River’s coastal setting is high on its list of attributes. In addition to its visual appeal, Powell River’s coastline serves as one of Canada’s premier spots for year-round recreation such as hiking, biking, golfing, and fishing. If you have never been to Powell River you will be pleasantly surprised that a coastal community so close to Vancouver can feel so distant from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life.
There are many ways to get to Sunshine Coast Health Center. With a minimum of 4 daily flights * from Vancouver’s South Terminal, five flights a day from Vancouver, To facilitate clients making their way to Powell River, Sunshine Coast Health Center provides Travel Assistance. Clients need not worry about changing planes, shuttling between terminals, or booking flights: a staff member will be there to ensure your trip to Sunshine Coast Health Center is hassle-free.
(*) Note: flights to Powell River are land-based planes, not float planes.