If you (or someone you know) are interested in coming to Pacifica the following information will help you with the process.

As you probably already know, recovery is not an easy journey, and each person has to find their own way through. Some individuals struggle with complex and difficult challenges that they will need to deal with in order to be able to get some solid clean time. Sometimes the hardest part is getting the hope that there are answers that will really work. It’s hard to do the work without hope that it will pay off.

It’s important to remember that Pacifica is just one possible step in the journey to recovery, and without support and guidance and the right timing, it won’t be a magic answer. However, when things are in place and the time is right, we can be a fantastic boost in the right direction.

Clients can be referred to Pacifica by four different types of people:

  1. Outpatient alcohol and drug counsellors (call 211 for the clinic nearest to you).
  2. Addiction physicians
  3. Detox counsellors
  4. EAP counsellors

Most people are referred by an outpatient counsellor and, for most clients, it makes a lot of sense to have someone like that to work with for a number of months before coming into our program. The outpatient counsellor can support you in getting access to the resources you need to help deal with any outstanding issues in order to create a little more stability in your life. The counsellor can also assess your readiness for treatment, and support you in getting the kind of treatment that really fits your needs. The counsellor can also help sort out funding issues for treatment in some cases. Outpatient counselling is offered free both to people dealing with addiction and those who are in a relationship with an addict.

We have three phases of treatment here. It helps most clients to have some time to get oriented to the way we work, 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 counselling 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 need at least 72 hours of clean time before being admitted to our program. Clients with more clean time are likely to move into process group counselling after a minimum of two weeks.

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. 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 directly 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.

The third phase adds Transitioning back to outside life to the other programming. It is for clients who complete four or more weeks in Process Group. Many individual tasks need to be completed before clients leave treatment, including the possible need to look for safe housing after treatment – either in support recovery or on their own. Transition Programming includes continued instruction and process group work but adds some freedom for clients to pursue their recovery goals (outpatient counselling, housing, etc).

Fees depend on a client’s funding source. Clients on social assistance are covered by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. Some clients who are not on social assistance may qualify for a full or partial subsidy for treatment from their outpatient counselling.  Self-paying clients or clients who are being paid for by their employer, union or insurance company are charged $225/day.  Out of province clients are also charged $225/day.