Our 12-week 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-12 week program structure will consist 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 four 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 12-week group.

LIFE SKILLS: The life skills component of the 12-week 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 12-week 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 12-week 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.

GROUNDING, GROWING AND GOING PHASES: Clients are assigned a counsellor who works with them individually during their stay. Group work will develop over the 12 weeks in three general phases grounding, growing and going. During the first two to four weeks (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 second period of four to six weeks (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 four to six weeks (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.