Homewood Health Centre has treated addiction for more than 130 years. As Canada’s leader in addiction recovery, we understand that getting well and staying well are equally important and that recovery is a life-long commitment.
Each year, we celebrate the ongoing successes of our Addiction Medicine Service patients at the Homewood Spiritual Renewal Service. This special annual event provides our program alumni, staff, volunteers, current patients and Board members with a unique opportunity to celebrate the spirit of recovery, peace and harmony in their daily lives. The event is co-sponsored by the Homewood Volunteer Association and the Homewood Foundation and is well-attended each year.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Spiritual Renewal Service. Originally celebrated as a small dinner and dance for program alumni in the 1980s, the service quickly gained popularity and was expanded to include inpatients, staff and volunteers. Each year, the number of attendees and returning alumni continues to grow. When the Homewood gymnasium and conference centre could no longer accommodate the event, it was relocated to the beautiful River Run Centre in historic downtown Guelph, where it is held today. 2016 saw over 600 guests in attendance to honour and celebrate both the struggles and triumphs on the road to addiction recovery.
The 2017 Spiritual Renewal Service will be held on Wednesday, June 21 at the River Run Centre in Guelph. The evening will feature a fellowship ceremony, a celebratory service and candle-lighting to honour the continued successes of our patients – past and present.
The Spiritual Renewal Service is only one important way in which we support our alumni. We believe that post-discharge support and aftercare are integral to effective addiction recovery. As such, we offer all of our patients 36 weeks of out-patient aftercare that provides continued opportunities for continued abstinence and developing group skills to aid in successful recovery. We do our best to help behaviour change.