You are about to embark on a remarkable journey.

Pacifica is a 90 day (12 week) residential program, with ongoing intensive therapy groups that new clients will join after being oriented. Some clients will be participating for a Short Stay program (4-8 weeks).

  • Our instruction sessions, workshops and videos have been chosen to provide the most useful and practical information to help you learn about yourself.
  • Pacifica focuses on group therapy to provide feedback, understanding, support and a safe environment to explore issues and cope with feelings.
  • Ongoing recovery is not just about stopping the use of mood-altering substances, but is also about making positive lifestyle changes necessary to create a balanced, stable and happy life.
  • All clients attend a closed weekly in-house AA, NA meeting, a Lifering and a SMART meeting.
  • All clients are encouraged to attend additional 12-Step groups in the community during the weekends.

What to bring and what not to bring (2 bags maximum)

  • Bathrobe

  • Alarm clock, towel, face cloth, toiletries, soap, shaving kit, Kleenex

  • Any mouthwash must be alcohol-free (e.g., Clear Choice).

  • Enough clothing for at least one week (clothing should be comfortable, modest, and conservative – no bare stomach, tank tops, muscle shirts, or short shorts).

  • Comfortable walking shoes, rain wear or umbrella, loose clothing for yoga, conservative swim suit/swim shorts if you wish to swim.

  • Reading material, pens and pencils. You may bring a radio, MP3 or CD player without a screen for personal use only.

  • Do not bring a mobile device, pager, TV, stereo, computer, camera, DVD or MP3 player with a screen or electronic equipment.

  • Do not bring bleach or hair dyes into the building

  • Do not bring perfume/cologne or perfumed hairsprays due to allergy/asthma reactions.

  • Do not bring personal food (special dietary foods are allowed if approved by Pacifica prior to admission).

  • Laundry detergent can be purchased on site.


As stated in Pacifica’s Treatment Contract, at Pacifica it is vital to maintain a therapeutic atmosphere that will be of benefit to all. We hope you will co-operate not only with the rules, but also with the spirit in which they were written. There are times when you may be asked to leave the program — below is a summary of common reasons for discharge.

Grounds for Immediate Discharge

  1. Alcohol and drug use or suspected use.
  2. Unauthorized use of any medications (prescription or over-the-counter)
  3. Violence, threats, aggression, intimidation to other clients or staff including all forms of discrimination (i.e., sexism, racism, homophobia).
  4. Theft.
  5. Inappropriate behaviour such as sexual contact with other clients.
  6. Entering another client’s room (with or without their permission).
  7. Smoking in the building or on Pacifica property/grounds.

Grounds for Possible Discharge

  1. Not meeting the admission criteria.
  2. Client and/or counsellor have decided that this is not the best time for the client to be in a residential treatment program.
  3. Medical issues interfering with the client’s ability to participate fully in the program.
  4. Client consistently not participating in all aspects of the program and/or are unable or unwilling to make the necessary changes to fully participate in the program.
  5. Clients found in the residential wings other than that which the client was assigned (i.e. men on second floor and women on third floor without staff permission).
  6. Development of exclusive relationships and behaviours that can be interpreted as such (i.e. hugging, touching, massaging, haircutting, etc.).
  7. Unable or unwilling to make the necessary changes to be able to follow Pacifica rules and responsibilities.
  8. Breaking a written contract.