At the Canadian Health Recovery Centre we believe that treating the whole person is integral to their recovery success. We offer a comprehensive treatment approach to alcohol and drug addiction recovery, as well as concurrent mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and emotional trauma. Our program is designed to provide our clients with access to various streams of treatment including individual, group and family counselling.
Treatment is informed by principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) – including a focus on mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance. Our program follows best practices, is evidence-based and proven to be effective in the treatment of addictive behaviours.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a structured type of psychotherapy done individually or in groups. Clients and therapist work collaboratively to help clients gain control of their problematic behaviours and alleviate their distress so they feel more hopeful and are better equipped to address future situations.
In CBT, clients learn techniques to identify and modify their negative thoughts and cognitive distortions. Clients are provided with various self-monitoring tools and complete homework between sessions to enhance and practise the skills learned. Through CBT, clients learn to change how they think (cognition) and what they do (behaviour), and this has an impact on how they feel.
We focus on how clients view themselves, the world, and their future. They learn that the emotional consequences of events are mostly created by their own belief system and that the emotional disturbances are caused by their own unfounded, irrational beliefs. When clients can identify such beliefs, they can learn to dispute them by challenging them rationally. The clinician will then assist clients with discovering and practising healthy and adaptive alternatives.
CBT is client-centred in that the clinicians provide clients with the tools they need to make effective change in their lives. The treatment can be adapted to clients’ unique problems.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavioural therapy is a psychotherapy method that combines elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, client-centred, gestalt, paradoxical and strategic approaches with Eastern philosophy and mindfulness meditation practices. According to DBT theory, there is an interaction between clients’ emotional vulnerability and their invalidating environment.
The main components of DBT are a weekly skills training group, weekly individual therapy and between-session coaching. In DBT, clients learn to identify the emotions, thoughts, sensations, behaviours and urges linked to their problematic behaviours, all antecedents and precipitating factors. They learn adaptive solutions to their behavioural problems. Some of the underlying assumptions of DBT include that all things are connected and change is constant and inevitable.
With DBT, clients gain knowledge of how to identify what they can change and accept what cannot be changed, how to regulate their emotions, how to de-stress, and how to communicate effectively.
At the Canadian Health Recovery Centre, we are striving to encourage and assist those struggling with addiction to achieve life-long lasting recovery. An important component of this process is teaching about the functions of the brain and the connections between the brain and addiction. The different areas of this vital organ play a dominant role in our thoughts, behaviours and emotions. We walk around with this brain of ours every single day, all day long. Our brain tracks our every move, literally, through the formation of neural pathways or neural connections. When we repeat behaviour over and over again, we establish a pattern – a pattern that is recorded in the brain.
Addiction involves a variety of neural pathways that influence and dictate our thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Once these pathways are established, it takes little to no effort to recall them and engage them. Often times, our patterns of thought, behaviour and emotion become automatic. Neural pathways cannot be eliminated from the brain through the process of neuroplasticity; however, new neural pathways can be formed and existing pathways can be reorganized. This process is referred to as neuroplasticity. The more we repeat a particular pattern, the better we become at it, to the point where we can engage in a behaviour without having to think much about it. Thoughts, behaviours and emotions can be changed and overcome with practice and technique.
At CHRC we will teach the individual struggling with addiction about how these patterns may have been established by identifying habits, or pathways, throughout their life. Individuals will have an opportunity to observe the pathways, interrupt the pathways, use their imagination to retrain the pathways, and engage in new healthy behaviours to form new pathways.
- Comprehensive assessment – psychiatric, nutritional, physical, spiritual, social
- Individualized counselling
- Group therapy
- Psycho-educational workshops
- Family therapy both with the client and with their loved ones
- Experiential learning/Role playing
- Emotion regulation
- Distress tolerance
- Interpersonal effectiveness
- Alcohol and drug addiction education
- PTSD/Trauma work
- Relapse prevention
- Yoga and meditation instruction
- Fitness training
- Nutritional support
- Massage therapy
- Recreational activities
- Art therapy
We complement the treatment program by providing our clients with a variety of holistic, recuperative activities. These may include art therapy, equine therapy, leisure and recreational activities (hiking, basketball, volleyball, golf, swimming, skating, sauna), spiritual growth and development (meditation, yoga), as well as physical fitness training in our fully equipped gym.
Our highly skilled and compassionate staff employ the most current, cutting edge treatment practices, and our clients receive personalized care to support their distinctive path to recovery. CHRC offers a multi-disciplinary, integrated treatment approach that ensures our clients receive the most effective evidence-based interventions combined with holistic and experiential therapies to support their full recovery. By combining the latest in psychotherapeutic approaches with a dedicated group of health care professionals, we provide our clients with the most qualified, competent and comfortable level of care available.
Through supervision we ensure our team provides care that meets the standards of best practices and focuses on each client individually. We want our clients to be equipped with the tools they need for the best possible chances of recovery. Our integrative team of addiction specialists works together to help transform the lives of our clients through a structured program of individual counseling, group therapy, substance abuse education, family support and an extended aftercare program.
At CHRC, clients are assigned a primary counsellor to help manage and execute their individualized treatment plan. Our team of highly trained clinicians and counsellors meet daily to review our clients’ progress and fine-tune their treatment plan as needed to ensure constant and continued advancement toward long-term sobriety.
- When a patient is admitted for residential treatment, comprehensive evaluations for medical, mental, emotional and spiritual health will be made.
- Initial assessments may determine the need for a detoxification period which in most cases can be implemented on site.
- Assessments are used to create a personalized treatment program designed to promote the best possible outcome for each client.
- Ongoing assessment allows for a client’s progress and needs to be re-evaluated and addressed, allowing for the utmost in personalized care, treatment and benefit.