Phases of Care

Phase I - Assessment, Detoxification & Stabilization

After completing a thorough bio-psychosocial history with each patient, specialized treatment teams assess the degree and impact of a variety of substance use disorders as well as co-occurring mental health concerns and other underlying clinical issues. The length of this phase is generally two weeks, but may vary based on the patient’s needs and circumstances. Group discussions, psycho-educational presentations and skills development help patients learn about the cycle of addiction, as well as the neurobiological and interpersonal impact of substance use disorders. 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 treatment program or an appropriate referral to a suitable program;
  • identifying clinical issues that may require specialized services (e.g., co-occurring mental health issues, physical health issues, among others);
  • introducing the mechanism of addiction and the principles of a healthy recovery plan;
  • introducing distress tolerance, interpersonal, and mindfulness skills for healthier coping; and
  • introducing exposure to peer support systems, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous that augment the recommended treatment protocol.

Phase II - Recovery

In this phase of the treatment program, individuals are supported to engage in a functional analysis of their addiction pattern and to identify goals that move them toward living a healthier lifestyle that is free of mood-altering substances. We use current research in the field of addiction treatment, and evidence-based practices, including a trauma-informed approach to treatment, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and family engagement. Small group sessions, individual sessions, and education sessions help patients:

  • understand the addiction cycle;
  • learn to identify cues that trigger urges to use substances;
  • identify cognitive distortions that perpetuate the addiction cycle;
  • develop a balanced lifestyle that includes healthy leisure activities and positive social connections;
  • identify and address interpersonal difficulties that maintain unhealthy behaviours;
  • improve capacity to effectively manage stress and tolerate unpleasant emotions;
  • explore spiritual connections that facilitate a transition from “tuning-out” to “tuning-in”; and
  • develop an individualized ongoing recovery plan that includes a connection with a meaningful peer support system.

Substance use disorders are often coupled with other challenges. We offer complementary recovery programs for:

1. Mental Health Needs

  • The AMS-Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) stream
  • Other co-occurring health concerns

2. Occupational Needs

  • Support for Healthcare Professionals
  • Support for First Responders (i.e., groups for uniformed professionals)

3. Life Stage Needs

  • Young Adults
  • Older Adult

Phase III  - Recovery Management/Relapse Prevention

Effective recovery is enhanced significantly by participation in an extended Recovery Management (aftercare) program. Phase III consists of 52 weeks of group-based recovery management that further develops relapse prevention strategies for patients and their family members. This important phase of treatment helps maintain the recovery goals that have already been achieved while supporting the development of additional problem-solving and coping skills required to address the challenges of everyday life.

How to Get Help

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