The evolution of addiction treatment is here


We don’t just treat addiction

At CHRC, we focus on the underlying issues and root causes that drive addiction including the neurological and biochemical imbalances that counselling alone cannot heal.

We offer orthomolecular therapy and biochemical rebalancing

We utilize laboratory data to provide a personalized orthomolecular protocol for each client to address his unique health concerns, biochemical imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and neurological conditions that underlie addictive behaviour.

We are a male-only treatment centre

Gender-specific treatment supports a relaxed atmosphere without distraction, where men are able to be more emotionally authentic and focus on core issues such as drug and alcohol dependency, shame and guilt, co-dependency, self-esteem, trauma and relationship resolution.

We provide the tools needed to live your best life

Why Choose CHRC?

At CHRC, we aren't satisfied with the status quo. We don't rely on outdated treatment philosophies. Our holistic model utilizes the latest in scientific research and evidence-based therapies. The process of healing requires time, skilled therapists and clinicians, and support from the right people in the right environment. Surroundings do matter.

Canadian Health Recovery Centre is a private care facility designed exclusively for men with substance abuse problems, process addictions and concurrent mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and emotional trauma. CHRC is the only residential addiction treatment centre in Canada offering a comprehensive treatment program that includes orthomolecular therapy and biochemical re-balancing.

Our program challenges all the old assumptions about alcoholism and drug addiction. We address addiction as both behavioural and biochemical in nature. We are not a 12-step-based program – our holistic treatment model is based on the latest scientific research, strategically focused on the whole person, not just the addiction. Our team of skilled clinicians and specialists deal expressly with the complexities of restoring the mind, body and spirit with a program that promotes recovery on several pivotal levels: biochemical, neurological, psychological, emotional, physical, nutritional and spiritual.

Our Facility

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What We Treat

At Canadian Health Recovery Centre, we treat all forms of alcohol and chemical dependency including process addictions and concurrent mental health issues such as anxiety, depression a and emotional trauma.


Alcohol consumption can damage the brain and most body organs, including the heart, liver and pancreas. It also increases the risk of some cancers, weakens the immune system and affects cognitive function.

Areas of the brain that are especially vulnerable to alcohol-related damage are the cerebral cortex (largely responsible for our higher brain functions, including problem-solving and decision-making), the hippocampus (important for memory and learning) and the cerebellum (important for movement coordination).

Signs of an alcohol addiction include frequently drinking more than intended, feeling symptoms of withdrawal when stopping, developing a tolerance to alcohol and wanting to stop drinking but not being able to.


Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance. This drug impairs short-term memory and learning, the ability to focus, and coordination. It also increases heart rate, can harm the lungs, and may increase the risk of psychosis in vulnerable people. The Canadian Medical Association note health concerns including addiction, cardiovascular and pulmonary effects and mental illness, especially concerning for use under the age of 25, because the brain is still developing.

Other drug addictions we treat are:

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin/Opiates
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants


Compulsive gambling is a process addiction, where a person becomes dependent on the behaviour and there is a lack of control in choosing whether or not to participate in the behaviour. Chemical processes occur during the behaviour, stimulating the release of certain "feel good" neurotransmitters, which are very similar to the chemical changes that take place during substance abuse. Gambling addictions can lead to severe debt, failed relationships, loss of employment and are often associated with mental health problems, including mood disorders and depression.

Other process addictions we treat are:

  • Food Addiction
  • Sexual Addition
  • Shopping Addiction

Award Winning Documentary

About the Documentary

The Making of Recovery was filmed at the Canadian Health Recovery Centre. Since its release in March 2017, the 26-minute piece has accumulated 21 film nominations. It has taken home numerous awards including the South Georgian Bay Film Festival’s top prize of Master Overall Award and the Award of Merit: Documentary Short in the Best Shorts Competition in Los Angeles. The documentary was created and filmed by Matthew Gillespie, who checked-in to CHRC in 2016 to treat his anxiety and depression. During his time there, he was inspired to tell the stories of those recovering, in hopes of encouraging others to seek help.

Our Guarantee

We stand behind our commitment to healing and lasting recovery. We provide our clients with a guarantee to match their commitment to recovery and accountability. For those who complete a minimum six weeks of treatment and maintain their aftercare plan, we will bring them back to primary care for up to two weeks at our cost, if they need a tune-up or refresher – or if they relapse before one year of recovery. You aren’t in this alone. We are here for you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the complexity of our program, we recommend a minimum stay of 35 days. Clinical research, along with our experience, demonstrates the benefits of longer stays, and we encourage 42-90 days in treatment. The length of stay is tailored to the needs of each individual. We also provide support after your stay with us, for as long as you need. We do offer a 28-day stay, however, elements of the program will be missed. Length of stay can be extended as needed.

We are supportive of 12-step programs, in that they provide fellowship and an excellent support group for some, however, 12-step programs don't focus on the underlying issues and root causes. Our holistic treatment model focuses on healing the whole person, not just the addiction.

The biochemistry that drives addictive behaviour and the physiological damage caused by the abuse must be treated as part of a complete program of healing and recovery.

Biochemical rebalancing is only one component of recovery, but it is a vital component. Biochemical repair and restoration help to re-balance body and brain chemistry, providing a key component that goes hand-in-hand with the psychological, emotional and spiritual healing supported by our intensive counselling program, and this results in the rate of success for a lifetime of sobriety being drastically improved.

Abuse of alcohol and drugs adversely affects the body in many ways on a biochemical level. Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances are common, even in recovery, causing a lifetime of residual cravings, poor health, and reduced life expectancy. High relapse rates for those in recovery are often attributed to continued cravings and ongoing periods of anxiety and depression, making life a constant struggle to remain clean and sober. Our orthomolecular treatment program utilizes laboratory data, nutritional supplementation and a specialized diet to address biochemical imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and neurological conditions that can underlie addiction. A personalized orthomolecular protocol is developed for each guest to address their unique health concerns. We use targeted supplementation and dietary solutions to:

  • alleviate compulsions and cravings
  • optimize neurotransmitter function
  • balance blood sugar levels
  • improve weight and digestion
  • promote deep detoxification
  • improve energy and vitality
  • reduce chronic inflammation

The result is a marked improvement in overall health, including areas of mood and mental health, impulse control, processing and memory. This whole-person approach ensures a more stable and solid recovery foundation.

In most cases, we require 72 hours of sobriety prior to entering treatment, however we look at each person on an individual basis. Admission requirements will be determined based on your specific needs and circumstances during the screening process. Our orthomolecular program is designed to aid in detoxification and help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Yes, we encourage visits from families or people in your circle of support; in fact, we strongly recommend them. The first week of treatment, however, is a time of retreat, so we don’t encourage visitors during this time. We offer family group programs, education and support. We know that addiction affects the entire family and that family members need to heal, too. We help family members begin the healing process and become part of a healthy recovery plan.

Privacy and confidentiality are important to our guests and we expect our staff and visitors to respect and uphold our privacy policy. We will accept calls or visits only from authorized family and friends as indicated by our guests and approved by our clinical staff.

You can expect to be greeted by a team of kind, caring personnel. Our multi-disciplinary team know first-hand what you and your loved ones are going through, as everyone here has been touched by addiction personally or through a family member or close friend. Our program is built on respect, guidance, education, compassion, and evidence-based therapies and counselling.

On arrival you will be welcomed by an intake counsellor and administrative staff who will assist you with our admission process and help you get settled in. When you are ready, they will provide you with orientation and a tour of the facility.

Are you ready to get your life back on track?

The benefits of regaining control of your life are immeasurable. Investing in the right treatment is an investment for life.