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Sunshine Coast Health Centre is committed to reducing the impact of addiction in our communities. Partnering with various media outlets is one way to inform the general public.


CTV Interview Geoff Thompson
CTV Interview with SCHC
Program Director Geoff Thompson
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Video: Inside a treatment centre,
men confront stigma of addiction
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Storyboard: How Does a Meaningful Life
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pdf Canadian Press: Overcoming the stigma around addiction and treatment facilities
pdf Maclean’s Magazine, “Upscale Crack,” January 2007
pdf North Shore News, “Avoiding Code Red Situations, December 2007
pdf BC Business Magazine, “Desperate For A Fix,” August 2006


A Long Night's Journey Into Day A Long Night’s Journey Into Day by Geoff Thompson. This psychobiography of Eugene O’Neill’s recovery from alcoholism delves into some of the realities of addiction and mental health.
The Positive Psychology of Meaning and Addiction Recovery The Positive Psychology of Meaning and Addiction Recovery is rare collection of papers by leading authorities on addiction recovery. Edited by Geoff Thompson, the Program Director at Sunshine Coast Health Centre, this volume emphasizes a holistic approach that focuses on fulfilling the human needs for well-being, meaningful living, and self-transcendence.


Sunshine Coast Health Centre is Canada’s leader in men’s residential addiction treatment. From our beginning in March of 2004, we have served men from coast-to- coast including many from the United States and overseas.

The Sunshine Coast Health Centre Difference

Sunshine Coast Health Centre is one of only a handful of private residential treatment centres in Canada. Our approach to treatment is not only distinct from government programs but also positions itself as a clear alternative to traditional 12-Step programs that dominate private treatment in Canada and the United States.

For example, unlike government residential programs, clients need not wait to be “clean and sober” before being admitted because of our on-site medical detox staff with nurses, a physician, and psychiatrist. Also, while most government residential stays are a maximum of 30 days, our clients have the option of 30, 42, 60, 90 day stays or more. Another distinguishing feature is our 8.5-acre waterfront campus designed to enhance the treatment experience. Amenities include massage therapy, off-site recreation, an exercise pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre.

Compared to other private addiction treatment centres, we are one of the few non-traditional programs in North America that goes beyond the biological, disease concept of addiction. While the debate on what causes addiction continues, we believe that embracing multiple perspectives (the psychological, the social, the spiritual, and the biological) and approaching clients with unconditional, positive regard will eventually become the standard in private treatment.

Serving the Community

We are committed to reducing the impact of drugs and alcohol in our communities. If you represent a community group, school or employer concerned about substance use, our team is available for group presentations. For more information, contact us toll-free at 1-866-487-9010.


Who Should I Call if I Want to Interview one of Your Staff for an Addiction Story?

Please contact Casey Jordan, Chief Marketing Officer, at

What is Different About Your Clients?

Our clients are mature, successful men who happen to have an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or ‘process’ behaviours such as gambling or pornography. While the media focuses on the extreme cases such as the Hollywood celebrity or the ‘skid row addict’, the reality of people with addictions is that they can just as likely be a neighbour or work colleague. In other words, successful, much-loved, contributing members of society just like you.

What are the Preferred Drugs of Choice Amongst Your Clientele?

Alcohol is the most common abused drug we see, followed by stimulants (particularly crack cocaine). Frequently, clients take both alcohol and cocaine. Opiates are the third most common class of drugs, with Oxycontin and other prescription painkillers growing in popularity. Interestingly, only a fraction of our clients since our opening in 2004 have presented with an addiction to crystal meth.

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I notice many improvements while in the trauma program. My sleeping issues have been resolved. This has been an issue for many years. I was on medication and treatment for that too. Today, I no longer take medication for sleeping and I sleep very well. My concentration went up and my isolation and energy problems have been resolved. BrainPaint was beneficial in healing the mind as well as the body.

- Jean-Paul

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