Recovery and Aftercare Services
Recovery and Aftercare Services in Delta
We are in the process of developing a comprehensive Recovery and Aftercare Program for those in recovery. We are working with inpatient treatment centres to ensure that our programs provide the necessary services individuals, couples, families, friends, and supports receive the care needed after someone has undergone primary treatment.
Goal of the program:
Our compassionate multi-disciplinary team at Alongside You supports addiction and recovery treatment for adolescents, adults and families with addiction and mental health issues. Our integrative addictions program is focused on long-term support that is individualized and person-centred.
Our goal is to support the client post-intensive residential treatment program, balancing the traditional addiction models with current evidence-based theories and emerging research in interpersonal neurobiology and affect dysregulation/regulation.
We acknowledge that each client is unique and that for many, the journey to recovery means entering a treatment facility. However, for a myriad of reasons, there are some clients who benefit and/or desire a less intensive program. For these select few we offer a supportive outpatient program. Our program is built around individual and group therapy as well as the use of complementary treatment programs. To be considered for this program, a client must be high functioning and demonstrate significant reasons for not choosing one of our in patient referral partners.
COUNSELLING – INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY
Counselling provides a critical opportunity for clients to access compassionate support, gain self-awareness of the core triggers for their addiction, and receive guidance in building a roadmap towards sobriety and a new sense of self and identity. Each session is conducted with a Master’s level therapist who is trained in addictions. Additionally, family counselling provides a safe zone for family members to communicate their own needs and emotions. At Alongside You, we understand the importance of treating the individual and the co-curring disorder (COD) and recognize that sobriety cannot come until the COD is treated.
At Alongside You, we aim to work closely with in patient treatment programs to offer local support to clients once they have completed their program. Our individual counselling sessions, group process and relapse education groups provide increased awareness of addictive behaviours and relapse risk factors, and supports clients through interpersonal and stress related problems.
We understand that it can take at least two years of consistent individual work on the client’s part to fully rewire the brain so that he/she can become mentally, physically and spiritually resourced to face the ever present triggers in daily life. We recognize the difficult road of recovery and are committed to supporting each client who has a willingness to change.
CONCURRENT DISORDER PROGRAMS
Research shows that a person with a mental health difficulty has a higher risk of having a substance use problem, just as a person with a substance use problem has an increased chance of having a mental health difficulty. People who have combined, or concurrent, substance use and mental health problems are described as having concurrent disorders.
Concurrent disorders can include combinations such as:
• an anxiety disorder and a drinking problem
• schizophrenia and cannabis dependence
• borderline personality disorder and heroin dependence
• depression and dependence on sleeping pills
Concurrent substance use and mental health challenges are often related and interact with each other. Clients have the best success when both problems are addressed at the same time, in a co-ordinated way. The treatment approach depends on the type and severity of the person’s difficulties. A person might receive psychosocial treatments (individual or group therapy) or biological treatments (medications), or often both.
Clients with severe concurrent mental health and substance use problems may need integrated treatment. Integrated treatment is a way of making sure that treatment is provided in a smooth, co-ordinated and comprehensive way.
Traumatic experiences and addictions are closely linked. Alcohol and other drugs are commonly used to self-medicate against symptoms associated with trauma exposure, such as:
• Anxiety and fear
• Irritability and agitation
• Guilt, shame, and self-blame
• Difficulty concentrating
Addressing all aspects of co-occurring addiction, trauma, and PTSD in an integrated way is important in developing the best possible plan to help you get well and stay well.
At Alongside You, trauma-informed alcohol and drug rehabilitation is evidence-based, holistic, and personalized—providing care for your mind, body, and spirit. Our clinicians understand the vulnerabilities of individuals suffering from trauma who are also dealing with addictions, and provide care in ways that avoid re-traumatization while facilitating your full participation in treatment.
Our Trauma program includes:
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Observed Experiential Integration (OEI)
• Trauma-informed counselling for individuals, couples, families, and supporters
• Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Yoga Therapy
• Mindfulness and other forms of meditation
DBT FOR ADDICTIONS PROGRAM
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an extension of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, built on a foundation of mindfulness, and helps people build skills in four core areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotional Regulation. Originally developed to help individuals with chronic suicidal thoughts and attempts, research has shown it to be effective for a wide range of clients including those struggling with addictions. This research shows that DBT is effective at may things, including but not limited to:
• Reducing substance abuse
• Reducing treatment dropout rates
• Managing depression and reducing symptoms
• Managing anger
• Reducing suicidal behaviour
• Reducing psychiatric hospitalizations
• Reducing non-suicidal self-injury
• Improving social functioning
These same studies also show that DBT dramatically improves the outcomes of individuals who are suffering from co-occurring disorders such as borderline personality disorder and substance abuse or eating disorders and substance abuse. In our program, clients will learn skills in the four core areas, and integrate them into their daily life which supports their overall physical and mental health as well as their sobriety:
• Mindfulness – focusing the body, mind, and soul on the present, and the here and now. Growing awareness of oneself and one’s interaction with the world
• Interpersonal effectiveness – learning how to set health boundaries with oneself and others, and learning how to be effective in getting what one needs in relationships in a healthy way
• Distress tolerance – learning how to cope with difficult situations and emotions in the moment
• Emotional regulation – gaining control over emotions that led to destructive decisions and managing these emotions in a positive way
Aftercare Program DetailsOur 3 Month Program
- Our 3 month program includes:
- Clinical Assessment and Intake with treatment recommendations
- One individual counselling session per month, in month 2 and 3 (2 total)
- 12 weekly group sessions (Monday nights, 2.5 hours each)
- All administrative fees included
- All other clinic services are available on an a la carte basis, and we will make recommendations at the intake appointment. Clients can choose which options to add based on what they wish to engage with and their budget toward their recovery. A program will be customized specifically for each client if they wish to add services.
Recovery is about community. We are working hard at building a community you can come home to and thrive in.
Our Aftercare Program has begun!
Please contact the office with any questions or to sign up, we look forward to working with you!