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Sunshine Coast Health Centre is committed to being your partner in recovery by providing quality mental health and addiction rehabilitation programs and services for men and their families.

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Your stay in our residential mental health and alcohol & drug rehabilitation program follows a daily schedule of activities that focus on long-term wellness and success. We can accept a maximum of 47 male clients, allowing you to be on a first-name basis with staff and peers.

See our Weekly Treatment Schedule for SCHC’s calendar of activities including topics for education group.

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Complimentary Travel Assistance

Sunshine Coast Health Centre is the only treatment centre that provides complimentary travel assistance for clients arriving at the Comox or Vancouver Airport. Clients are accompanied by a SCHC staff person the minute they arrive at the baggage carousel until they board their flight to Powell River.

For more information on complimentary travel assistance, visit the Air Travel page.

Prompt Admission with Medical Support

Unlike government-funded treatment centres, we have no waitlist. You can attend at any time. We are also one of the few treatment centres where admissions are conducted by trained medical personnel.

For more information on our admission procedures, visit the Drug Detox page.

Medical Detoxification

Unlike government-funded treatment centres, SCHC has an on-site detox unit. This means you or your loved one don’t need to be abstinent before entering treatment. Our detox unit specializes in medical detoxification, meaning that trained medical personnel are on-site 24/7 while a client withdraws from drugs and/or alcohol. SCHC’s detox unit also offers detox-only programs for alcohol and other drugs as well as a specialized detox program for opiates including Fentanyl, heroin, morphine, etc.

For more information on our detox services, visit the Drug Detox page. For more information on our specialized detox services including Suboxone Treatment, visit the Specialized Detox page.

Medical Assessment

Within 24 hours of admission, all clients are provided a medical assessment to determines their length of stay in the medical unit and whether further testing for co-existing medical conditions (such as liver damage, diabetes, etc.) is needed. Government-funded treatment centres do not provide such extensive medical assessments.

For more information on medical assessment, visit the Medical Services page.

Psychiatric Assessment

One week after admission, all clients receive a psychiatric assessment. This is critical for creating a treatment plan, which may include addressing mental health issues such as depression, trauma, and anxiety. Psychiatric assessments are rarely performed in government-funded treatment centres and many other private treatment centres do not have psychiatric services. Those that do often leave it up to a client’s counsellor to decide whether a psychiatrist is warranted.

For more information on psychiatric assessment, visit the Medical Services page.

Counsellor Qualifications

All of our counsellors are highly qualified with a minimum of a master’s degree. Many treatment centres do not provide the names of their counselling staff, let alone their qualifications.

To see our staff and their qualifications, visit the Staff page.

Mental Health Services: an Integral Part of our Drug Rehab Program

Mental health counselling is an important part of our drug and alcohol treatment program since there is a high prevalence of clients having both addiction and mental illness (also known as dual diagnosis). We also offer an exclusive mental health and trauma program for those without alcohol or drug issues. Mental health counselling covers many disorders including mood disorders (e.g. depression and bi-polar), anxiety disorders (e.g. panic, social phobias, obsessive-compulsive, and post-traumatic stress disorder), sexual disorders, somatoform disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorder, impulse control disorders, schizophrenia, cognitive disorders (e.g delirium and dementia), and personality disorders.

As part of our mental health program, we provide ongoing assessment which involves diagnosing the existence of mental health issues. Identifying obstacles that have kept clients stuck in active addiction takes time, but greatly improves the odds of clients completing treatment and maintaining sobriety. For more information on our assessment services, visit the Assessment Services section.

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Addiction Counselling: The Heart of our Drug Rehabilitation Program

We provide a combination of both group and individual counselling. Our counsellors facilitate daily small groups and clients receive a minimum of one 1-on-1 counselling each week.

By combining Meaning-Centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and relationship counselling, our drug rehabilitation program offers an array of individualized treatment options based on recommendations of the counselling staff and needs identified by the client. These distinct modes of addiction therapy are integrated into our drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

For more information on our addiction counselling services, see the Addiction Counseling section.

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Alcohol & Drug Detox Services: A Necessary First Step

While drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs can exist without having detox services, many of our clients soon come to appreciate the benefits of having an onsite medically-supervised detox unit, which includes:

  1. Prompt admission (clients are not required to be sober before entering treatment).
  2. A transitional period that allows clients to adjust to their new environment before starting intensive group and individual counselling.

While in detox, many of the men that come to us have learned that they have medical conditions brought on by years of neglect or risky behaviour. While the diagnosis of disease is never easy, our medical staff is here to provide comfort and education so that clients can begin to make positive changes in their lifestyles to help manage their condition.

For more information visit, the Alcohol & Drug Detox Services section.

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Life after Drug Rehabilitation Treatment: Alumni Programs & Services

Addiction recovery is the stage that follows alcohol and drug rehabilitation (sometimes referred to as post-treatment, aftercare, or continuing care). We realize that life after treatment is more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. Addiction recovery also means having satisfying relationships and a lifestyle that allows for personal and professional growth. That is why we begin to develop the tools for addiction recovery while you are in treatment.

Some examples of this include learning to have fun socially without the use of drugs or alcohol (off-site recreation), finding other ways to relieve stress (massage therapy, relaxation therapy, etc.), and ways to get “natural highs” (working out at our fitness centre). Going to off-site support meetings (e.g. SMART Recovery, NA, and AA) while still residing in our drug rehab also helps clients experience self-help meetings first-hand. We believe that off-site meetings are a critical first step in encouraging clients to make new, supportive friendships as an alternative to isolation or “friends” that feel threatened by recovery.

Addiction recovery, long neglected by the addiction treatment community, is now beginning to include innovative, effective ways of developing a rewarding sobriety for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, our alumni have access to complimentary weekly online support lessons and videos, weekly support meetings in major Canadian cities, semi-annual alumni dinners, and 24/7 text and phone support with our alumni managers.

For more information on our alumni and aftercare services, visit the Alumni Programs & Services section.

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Therapy for the Mind, Body, and Spirit: Fostering Lifestyle Changes during Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation

While abstinence and sobriety is a necessary first step, we understand that abstinence from drugs and alcohol is only the beginning of life after treatment. That is why we encourage you to make lifestyle changes during your stay.

For example, our on-site therapies are designed to help clients feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These therapies include massage, art expression, and relaxation therapy.

By experiencing these affordable and widely-available complementary therapies while in our drug rehab program, we believe that clients develop additional lifestyle skills that will enhance their odds of successful addiction recovery when they return to their home communities.

In addition, clients can use our fully-equipped fitness centre, go for walks around the 9-acre campus, and participate in off-site recreation such as beach trips, hiking and trail walks, bowling, biking, and kayaking (seasonal).

For more information visit, the Therapy for the Mind, Body, and Spirit section.

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Typically, our clients are men who are:

  • Using alcohol or opiates¹ as their drug of choice
  • Experiencing strife with their partner as a result of their addiction
  • Finding themselves ill-equipped to provide financial or emotional support for their families
  • Missing work, in danger of losing their jobs, or have ended a successful career due to their addiction
  • Considering treatment again after previous treatment episodes

Our addiction counselling staff come from a variety of backgrounds and personal experiences, so clients need not worry about being treated like second-class citizens judged by their drug of choice.

¹ Sunshine Coast Health Centre treats all mood-altering substances including stimulants such as cocaine.

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The Power of an All-male Peer Group in Drug Rehab

Apart from families and partners, your relationship with your peers during your stay in drug rehab is an important step in your recovery. We address the tendency of those with drug and alcohol addictions to isolate and turn to mood-altering drugs when struggling with life’s challenges. By sharing their experiences and supporting others with similar issues, clients can experience strength in numbers.

Unfortunately, sharing intimate thoughts and living together for an extended period can also be the catalyst for romance in a co-ed 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 and rivalries develop. Our drug rehab program is intentionally male-only so that clients can experience the power of the peer group in a safe environment.

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THE FAMILY & COUPLES PROGRAM: Recognizing the Important Role of Significant Others in Successful Drug Rehabilitation Outcomes

“Twenty-five years ago families were by and large ignored by alcoholism clinicians. One is now hard pressed to find a credible alcoholism rehabilitation program that does not at least give lip service to the importance of including family members in the treatment plan.” ¹

Building a network of people supportive of your sobriety is critical to successful rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol. At Sunshine Coast Health Centre, we know that sending clients back to the same family dynamic after completion of drug rehabilitation treatment typically leads to continued problems of daily functioning.

Every month, we invite family members to participate in our Family & Couples Program. Up to three family members² can participate in one session at no charge, except for the cost of transportation and accommodation.

Spouses and partners are invited to participate in Day 4 of the Family Program, which is designed exclusively for couples counselling. The Couples Program allows men and their spouses/partners to work together and with other couples separate from parents and children.

For more information and to register, see the Family & Couples Programs & Services section.

Regardless of whether you have a family member in our drug rehab or alcohol treatment programs, if you are a family member, friend, or partner of someone with an addiction we encourage you to visit our Self-Help Section for additional information.

¹ Steinglass, P. (1994). Family Therapy: Alcohol. In M. Galanter & H.D. Kleber (Eds.), Textbook of substance Abuse Treatment (pp. 315 – 329) American Psychiatric Press.

² Additional family members exceeding three in one Family & Couples Program session will be wait-listed. Alternatively, family members and partners can participate in the next available session. The maximum attendance is one session is 20 participants. Contact Administration toll-free 1-866-487-9050 for more details.

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If you feel that our program is not the right fit for your needs at this time, visit the Directory of Alcohol & Drug Rehab Programs section for other drug rehabilitation options in your home community. Special sections are provided for all provinces and major cities in Canada as well as the states of Washington and Oregon.

Disclaimer: Sunshine Coast Health Centre reserves the right to add, remove, or modify program content without prior notice.

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The other place I went was co-ed and it's very hard for people to open up to someone of the opposite sex because there's really touchy things and you have to maintain "being a man" in front of the ladies right? So you can't really figure out what's bothering you and what's not.


The whole meaning and purpose approach really clicked with me and I could really identify with something missing in my life, so I felt, even before I got here, that it was a program that would definitely have something to offer and help me with the things I was dealing with.


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I recently attended the Family Weekend at Sunshine Coast Health Centre and was so impressed with not only the tranquil beauty of the facility but, more importantly, the commitment of the staff in supporting the residents in all aspects of their journey to recovery. Myself and other Family Weekend participants were directly exposed to the tenets of the program thus facilitating our own acceptance of our loved ones' hardships or failings through to confidence that they will leave well armed with the tools to effectively manage their sobriety. It was truly a worthwhile experience and I left for home fully convinced that our selection of SCHC as the facility to bring our loved one through this very difficult journey was absolutely the right choice. We are so grateful for their professional skills and unwavering support for the whole family.

- Janice

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