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Our Programs

Substance Use Rehabilitation Program

Pacifica Treatment Centre offers continuing care rehabilitation programs over a two-year period designed to promote recovery from substance dependence using a trauma-informed philosophy, emphasizing stabilization, safety, healing, connection, and growth.

Pacifica staff, volunteers and community members co-create the conditions required to promote self-discovery, self-empowerment, and self-actualization, inspiring community members to make profound changes and own their path in an environment that feels like home.

How we do it

  • Distinct phases, from pre-engagement to continuing care and alumni services
  • Individualized care plans, uniquely tailored to each community member
  • Counselling, check-ins & workshops
  • A balanced approach, including nutrition, exercise, & mindfulness practices
  • Exercise, recreational activities, & nature-based excursions
  • Social engagement, peer support networks, & community-building
  • Individual assignments, process groups, & one-on-one counselling
  • Complementary and alternative approaches such as music & art therapy, acupuncture, & healing energy practices
  • … and more


The Pre-engagement Program aspires to support individuals while on the waitlist for our in-residence primary treatment services. Once a referral has been received, individuals participate in a readiness assessment where they express personal recovery goals and are introduced to our continuum of care model.

The vision for the service will include group discussion circles, mindfulness exercises, and facility orientation. Individuals gain insight into what areas they will develop at Pacifica and what is expected of them throughout the in-residence experience. Pre-engagement is a fluid process and through weekly discussions with staff, individuals determine the most appropriate time to enter the in-residence intensive treatment program. Participants are invited to share in our weekly community lunch program. During Pre-engagement, an Individual may conclude that, on learning more, Pacifica Treatment Centre is not the right service for them or that it isn’t the right time. In these instances, staff will work with the individual to identify and gain access to more suitable services that are aligned with the individual’s expressed goals.

Admission into Pre-engagement does not require the individual to be substance-free, but it does require that the individual is not under the influence of substances while participating in programming. Pacifica requires situational abstinence in the Centre and therefore, no substances are permitted on site; however, we are working with community partners to reduce barriers to the Pre-Engagement Program.

Pre-engagement is a big step forward — we’ll take that step with you.

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The rehabilitation programs and orientation cover the first week of the in-residence experience, providing an opportunity for new community members to become grounded, practice self-regulation, settle into the program structure, and learn about recovery fundamentals. The Rehabilitation Programs prepares community members for the intensive individual and group treatment and process phase. Your length of stay in primary treatment is another determining factor for the amount of time you may spend in Orientation.

Orientation aims to further inform community members and the team about their readiness and commitment to move forward into the primary treatment phase. Community members will receive several self-guided workbooks and participate in short psycho-educational workshops. Also, during this time, they will have access to individual counselling, small group sharing, mindfulness practices, yoga, and other recreational activities.

Primary Treatment

Primary Treatment is a highly-structured in-residence experience designed to equip community members with the tools they need to make sense of the effects of problematic substance use and concurrently, mental health and/or trauma, and the resulting behaviours, emotional impacts, and ambivalences. Problematic substance use has psychological, spiritual, and social implications, impacting all aspects of life. This includes impacts on physical, emotional, and mental effects, family systems, employment, and living environments.

Pacifica offers a continuum of rehabilitation programs and services that promote enhanced quality of life, well-being, and healing on a cognitive, physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical level. The aim is to improve self-esteem, repair relationships with self and others, and as well, setting goals to build a solid foundation for sustainable change. To achieve this, the Primary Treatment Program utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoeducational programming, experiential learning, meditation, group therapy, self-soothing and grounding techniques, and spiritual development.

Admission to the in-residence primary treatment program, for most community members, comes via participation in the pre-engagement program. Individualized care plans are established based on community member-expressed goals so that participation may become more progressively community member-driven. Discharge planning begins at the time of admission, and continues with appropriate goal-review and goal-modification along the way.

Integrative Wellness

Wellness Program offers a wide range of modalities to fit the individual’s needs. Professionals from various disciplines offer complementary programs at Pacifica. For example, yoga has been part of our program for over a decade. Other specializations, such as Creative Arts therapy, Acupuncture, Meditation, Reiki Energy Healing and Sexual Health, are also offered.

We have incorporated various fitness-related activities into our rehabilitation programs, including walking, running, hiking, skating, and more. These various programs aim to help create new and enjoyable recreational habits that do not revolve around substance use.

Wellness programming is varied and takes into consideration the principles of equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. Activities may align with personal goals and can be directly connected to your established care-plan. As a result, your primary counsellor may recommend activities deemed to support your goals or activity may be a requirement of the treatment program, with tracking and participation recorded, allowing for outcomes to be measured accordingly.


The Resiliency program acknowledges the link between trauma and substance use. The emphasis is to co-create a safe space for people to develop the stabilization skills needed to begin to process trauma and initiate post-traumatic growth. The rehabilitation program spans the second half of a person’s in-residence primary treatment journey with the first 8 weeks of their return to the community. The focus is on experiencing trauma and finding safety. This can include somatic work involving breath and body awareness, connection work involving other people, animals, or the natural world, and process work involving journaling, art, or creative movement. Participants are encouraged to explore and develop modalities, which are a fit for them.

Life at Pacifica

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Our Promise

  • We are committed to equity, diversity, inclusivity, accessibility, and belonging in all that we do.
  • We encourage community members to own their path — every journey is different and unique, from the connections and the choices they make, to their commitment and personal investment in themselves.
  • We co-create the conditions required for self-discovery, self-empowerment and self-actualization, inspiring community members to identify and implement recovery-based goals that result in sustainable solutions.

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Explorations and Outings

  • A large part of our Integrative Wellness Program is based on play therapy, learning to socialize in substance-free environments while engaging in enjoyable activities.
  • Progressive re-integration into the community is completed throughout your stay at Pacifica.
  • All outings are accompanied by staff and/or volunteers.

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  • We all have responsibility for our own lives — working together makes it easier to shoulder that responsibility and live life to the fullest .
  • Our interdisciplinary and cross functional team is part of the community, from the counsellors to our kitchen staff to our receptionists. Everybody is a community member, whether a particular program or services is in-residence or in-community.
  • Community members learn to feel confident making healthier choices within their social lives — building connection, community and social peer support networks.

Alumni Services

Belonging to a community that fosters continual learning, growth, and service to others is important to graduates of the Pacifica treatment program. Our Alumni Services allow community members an opportunity to discover more about themselves, their potential, and their individual recovery experience by co-creating and maintaining connections with others who share a similar path.

Alumni Services offer graduates of Pacifica’s treatment program year-round opportunities to learn, to grow, and to make connections through workshops, peer-support gatherings, social events, volunteerism, and through meaningful engagement on committees and working groups.

“ My life changed as soon as I walked through those doors. ”


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