Our program continues to grow and develop. We are excited to offer what we think is a truly life-changing experience. New clients are accepted as soon as a bed becomes available.

OVERVIEW: The program structure consists of life skills, instruction (psycho-education workshops), reflections, orientation groups, group work/outings, specialized groups, community meetings, men’s or women’s talk, outside meetings, in-house weekend meetings, 1:1 counseling sessions, group therapy sessions, and family days.

VCH CLIENTS: all publicly funded clients referred by Vancouver Coastal Health referral agents will receive 12 full weeks of treatment. Clients are admitted on an ongoing basis as beds become available.

PRIVATE CLIENTS: Privately funded clients attend a minimum of 4 weeks of treatment (to a maximum of 12 weeks when needed or possible). Clients are admitted on an ongoing basis as beds become available, joining an ongoing group.

LIFE SKILLS: The life skills component of the program consists of workshops that expand on the basics of recovery. Life skills workshops could include negative and positive self-talk, an introduction to grief and loss, triggers, addictive personality and addictive thinking, post-acute withdrawal, the five stage addiction cycle, escaping the fear trap, attending behaviours, problem ownership, and more.

INSTRUCTION: The instruction component of the program consists of psycho-educational workshops that expand on the various components of addiction and recovery, as well as other necessary pieces. Topics include: rules of recovery and sabotage, addiction, boundaries, denial, window of tolerance, anger, shame, self-defeating learned behaviors/family of origin, anxiety, insomnia, spirituality, grief, trauma, going-home plans, and creating a network. The instruction component will also include Family Day instruction including: definition of addiction and enabling, building trust and forgiveness, emotional communication, recovery plans, and hopes and fears.

REFLECTIONS AND ORIENTATION GROUPS: Reflections are part of the morning routine, where clients discuss a daily inspirational reading and how it affects them personally. Orientation groups are geared towards familiarization with the program, learning basic grounding and containment skills, group guidelines and basic recovery, relapse prevention skills, and practicing personal development skills that apply to working in a co-ed intensive therapy and living situation.

COMPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMING: Specialized groups that balance out the psycho-educational and emotion-based therapy including yoga, Integrated Energy Healing, looking at life, labels, HIV, finding words, art therapy, music therapy, doctors talks, and other workshops.

WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEETINGS: Community meetings are held so clients can meet and voice needs and appreciations necessary for harmonious community functioning, welcome new clients, and say farewell to clients completing their program.

RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUPS: When clients leave Pacifica in order to fulfill the required outside meeting attendance component of the program they choose between AA, NA, CA, SMART, or other recovery meetings in the community. In-house meetings consist of AA, NA, SMART and LifeRing.

PHASES OF TREATMENT:Clients are assigned a counselor who works with them individually during their stay. It helps most clients to have some time to get oriented to the way we work and to connect to their own specific needs and path of recovery. Some clients need help getting clean time, or getting more stable for a variety of reasons (mentally, emotionally or physically), and the Orientation programming is perfect for helping them do that. Less intense, with more one-to-one counseling and a focus on basic grounding skills and the fundamentals of recovery, it’s a chance for clients to prepare for the intensity of Process Group therapy.

All clients who are admitted attend workshops, videos and training sessions, and, when ready, we mix that with intensive group therapy. Clients get a chance to know themselves more deeply and to understand what recovery really means for them. It’s a lot of hard work mentally and emotionally and requires a readiness to face the tough truths about what it takes to do well in recovery.

Group work will develop in three general phases grounding, growing and going. During the grounding phase clients focus on stabilization, group norms, working in a community and get started on building support and connection in their group. The focus of the growing phase is on creating and sharing addiction history charts, and looking at how the past can help support clients in building a stronger plan for the future. The last phase, the going phase emphasizes getting back into life effectively, with strong supports and plans in place for ongoing recovery. Various groups include individuals from all three phases, so participants can support and learn from each other throughout their stay.

Some clients may begin our Process Group program after only a few days if they have enough clean time and stability. Most clients entering Process Group programming sooner will have an assessment interview before being admitted. We ask that clients have at least two weeks clean and sober before the interview and/or being admitted.