Phases of Care

Phase I - Assessment, Detoxification & Stabilization

Our staff assesses the patient’s addiction and related problems, taking into consideration each patient’s physical, psychological, family, social and spiritual well-being. The length of this phase is generally one week, but may vary based on the patient’s needs and circumstances. Group discussions and psycho-educational presentations help patients learn about addiction and its effects. The objectives of Phase I include: 

  • Providing safe, medically supervised detoxification to minimize complications and distress during withdrawal 
  • Assessing suitability and readiness for the residential recovery program or appropriate referral 
  • Identifying clinical issues that may require specialized services (e.g., co-occuring psychiatric disorders) 
  • Introducing the basic principles of addiction recovery 
  • Introducing distress tolerance skills for coping with stress and intense emotions 
  • Introducing the 12 steps of addiction recovery

Phase II - Recovery

This is the core of the addiction recovery program. During this phase, individuals identify the consequences of their addiction and work toward living a healthy life that is free of substances. We use a 12-Step Facilitation approach, along with other proven treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational enhancement therapy and social skills training. Small groups and education sessions help patients: 

  • learn to identify using cues and relapse behaviours; 
  • work through denial and resistance; 
  • identify craving narratives that have the potential to lead to use; 
  • develop a healthy, balanced lifestyle; 
  • address resentments and other thinking and behaviour patterns that serve to maintain the addictive behaviours; 
  • improve stress management and affect tolerance skills; 
  • facilitate the development of inner spiritual connections; and 
  • develop an individualized ongoing recovery plan.

Because addiction is so often coupled with other challenges, we also offer complementary recovery programs for: 

1. Mental Health Needs 

  • The Addiction-PTSD Recovery Program 
  • Other co-occurring illnesses 

2. Occupational Needs

  • Healthcare Professionals Program
  • Uniformed Professionals Program 

3. Life Stage Needs 

  • Young Adults
  • Older Adult

Phase III  - Aftercare/Relapse Prevention

The likelihood of effective recovery is enhanced significantly by participation in an extended aftercare program. Phase III consists of 52 weeks of group-based aftercare with relapse prevention for patients and their family members that helps develop the problem-solving and coping skills required for re-entry into daily life.

How to Get Help

To be admitted to the program, you require a referral from your doctor or other healthcare professional. We can help you with the patient referral and admissions process. Click below to learn more, or read on about additional Health Centre programs.

Admission to the Program