Choosing An Integrative Approach

What sets us apart

Our Integrative Holistic


At CHRC, each part of our recovery program is connected to the other.

Integrative medicine is grounded in the definition of health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 1

The Oxford dictionary definition of “holistic” as it relates to health is: “characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.”

A holistic approach to health care and a addiction treatment means looking at the whole picture and honoring the mind-body connection by treating the whole person, using a variety of clinically proven therapies.  It is a comprehensive and personalized way of thinking about wellness.

An integrative approach to addiction recovery puts the client at the centre and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual influences that affect a person’s health. Employing a personalized strategy that considers the person’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances, it uses the most appropriate interventions from an array of therapeutic disciplines to help people regain and maintain optimum health.

CHRC’s unique integrative holistic approach considers the physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs as a whole – each aspect is connected and affects overall health – being unwell in one area affects your health and wellbeing in other areas.  A person suffering from mental health issues such as stress or anxiety, may also find the psychological condition is causing physical health issues such as headaches, weight gain, sleep disorders, or muscle aches. Mental health issues can, and do, lead to self-medicating and addiction. The reverse is also true, where unhealthy substance use can cause mental health issues as well as serious physical health issues.

Through research and working with leading experts, CHRC has created a cutting-edge program that offers more than your traditional model of addiction treatment or 12-step programs.  We address the biochemical imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and neurological conditions that underlie addictive behavior in conjunction with the use of therapeutic models such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Treating the whole person, not just the addiction, is essential for true recovery.

Each person comes to us with unique problems and health concerns and our programs are designed to address our client’s specific needs and provide the personal attention required to reach their recovery goals. Our clients experience an integrative holistic treatment program where our clients are partners in the healing process.

1 Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19–22 June 1946; signed on 22 July 1947 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100); and entered into force on 7 April 1948. Constitution of the World Health Organization — Basic Documents, Forty-fifth edition, Supplement, October 2006


Never let your past keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do”

– Pete Wilson, Let Hope In

Our program is not just about addiction

Our Program

At CHRC we support our clients with mental, physical, and addiction concerns.  Often they can be related to substance use, however, that is not always the case.  Previous clients have found our program helpful in:

  • Alleviating pain
  • Weight loss/weight gain
  • Balancing blood sugars and support with diabetes
  • Anger management
  • Increased range of motion after injuries
  • Better digestion
  • Increased distress tolerance and ability to cope with stress
  • Better physical fitness
  • A better understanding of self

Our centre offers 24 hour a day, 7 day a week counselling staff on-site to ensure client will always have access to professionals.  We offer exceptional client to staff ratios to best support our clients needs. 

Biochemical rebalancing

The lifestyle choices connected with substance use can impact a person’s physical health, reinforcing the cycle of dependence.  Our program offers the tools needed to rebalance the body on a biochemical level.  As the body rebuilds, it provides the necessary means for improved mental health.  A healthy body can reduce cravings, provide better mood regulation, support better self-control, and reduce physical and emotional pain.  Our nutritional program provides a specialized diet and works with nutritional supplementation to rebalance the body, target cravings, and facilitate mental-emotional health.

Our registered psychotherapists and addictions counsellors work closely with our nutritional team and wellness program instructors to ensure each client’s needs are met. 

Physical health

A client’s physical health is addressed after their personal goals and values have been identified.  Maintaining our client-centered approach to treatment may mean weight gain or loss may occur to support a person’s health needs. With the loss of excess weight, or gaining back healthy weight it may mean an increase in emotional health as it relates to self-esteem. 

We support our clients to utilize the gym and trainers as well as work with our orthomolecular nutritionists to meal plan and make their goals achievable and sustainable. CHRC can support clients with blood sugar stabilization and mood stabilization.  In doing so, this allows clients the ability to focus, and feel a better sense of wellbeing. 

Mental and emotional health

As we now know that the brain can be re-wired and new neuropathways can be developed, we know that thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be changed through counselling, practice and technique. CHRC offers its clients the individualized treatment programming needed to support this change and recovery.

We offer private counselling sessions as well as group sessions that involve cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy models. ** Research demonstrates that the brain can be changed*** We support our clients in better understanding their thoughts, feelings and behaviours as well as how to cope.  When practiced, the use of the tools learned at CHRC can become second nature, as the new neuropathways are being exercised.

Personal values and goals

CHRC is inclusive of everyone. We want to provide our outstanding unique program to everyone therefore we look to best understand each individual clients’ goals and values.  This can help us to begin outlining their individual programming as well as assigning the most suitable counsellor for their case. 

We want to ensure that CHRC offers an inclusive environment where all feel welcome.  The attention paid to each client’s personal values and goals can make all the difference when someone is working on their recovery.  We want to ensure that our clients are well supported in their recovery.

Life experiences

Our clients lived experiences can impact their emotional and mental health as they may have seen something traumatic, experienced unhealthy relationships, or been subjected to emotional abuse. 

Our psychotherapists support clients in working through these events and our nutritional team supports the system in regulating its responses to stress, rebuild healthy neurotransmission, and set the framework for new neuropathways to be created through counselling.

Family Matters

CHRC understands that addiction does not just impact the clients at our centre.  Those closest to our clients, such as parents, children, siblings, or friends may also be impacted by the behaviours that present alongside the addiction.  We offer family support in an effort to allow healing, not only for the client but for those loved ones as well.

We understand that family interactions can influence healthier choices. We want to offer our clients and their families the opportunity to learn how to have healthier interactions, more effective communication, and offer the ability to have a more trusting relationship.  We understand that family did not cause, and cannot control or cure their loved one’s addiction but they can support them on their recovery journey.

Family relationships often have a significant impact on clients’ capacity to develop recovery capital.  This means we want to help clients and families reconnect and build upon their relationship to aid in a lasting recovery. Which is why we make such a significant investment in family programming.

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