Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs Overview
Recovery is a lifelong process. The journey to long term abstinence begins with a courageous first step: the step towards receiving drug and alcohol treatment and reclaiming a drug-free existence. Westminster House philosophy is based on treating addiction as a chronic disease and promoting long term abstinence through holistic strategies and advocating client participation in 12-step programs.
Westminster House Women’s Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs are based on a multi-layered bio-psycho-social-spiritual model. Women in the program look deeply at the issues surrounding their addiction using biological, psychological, social and spiritual practices.
Westminster House Women’s Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs are a minimum of 90 days. During this time clients at Westminster House attend eleven 12 Step Meetings per week in the community and work on step work each day. When clients first arrive at the house they are on a two week retreat that includes no mail, visitors or phone calls. This allows our clients to connect with peers and begin the healing process without any distractions.
Westminster House is a non smoking program. All clients are required to abstain from smoking for the duration of the stay. If necessary Westminster House will assist clients in receiving aids to quit smoking.
Westminster House drug and alcohol treatment programs starts with primary care. During a client’s stay they are supported to explore the core issues that led to their addiction. The program presents the framework and an action plan that leads to sustainable recovery. This includes group therapy, one to one counselling, addiction educational series, introspective writing (12 Steps), and health and wellness. The clients live in a peer to peer environment and are in groups of two or more women at all times to ensure complete safety and accountability to the program.
The Second Stage program supports the integration of clients back into society and the work place. The program consists of group therapy, one to one counselling, work support programs, and family counselling. With the support of their counsellor, the clients develop goals to prepare them for the next stage of their recovery. Clients are supported to attend outside programs without the supervision of their peers. This model of programming allows the client to gain independence, and build self-esteem helping to ensure a smooth process of reintegration into society.
The On-Going Recovery Program is an open ended extension of the Westminster House residential Primary Care Program and it is necessary to provide a full continuum of care to clients seeking an exit to the cycle of addiction. The On-Going Recovery Program is focused on improving long term sustainable recovery. This will improve social outcomes for women, who have been chronic substance abusers, having a positive impact on their families and their communities, reaching the criminal justice system, health care system and social services.
On-Going Recovery includes Continued Care Counselling and Relapse Prevention Workshops. In addition, participants will have education opportunity during their participation in On-Going Recovery.
This program focuses on accountability, building relationships, mending families, continuing healthy lifestyle measures, and reinforcing the self- management tools learned during Primary and Second Stage programming. This will improve the quality of life of the clients and therefore, directly benefits the clients, their families that have been fractured by addiction and ensure a safe process back to work and community.
After completion of their program at Westminster House, clients are encouraged to become alumni. They can then volunteer, join event committee’s and share their experience with new women who are entering the recovery program and “give back”. The centre is a permanent sanctuary where alumni are welcome any time.
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