Phase One – Stabilization
Jesse Kiss, CCAC – Addictions Counsellor
After the initial intake and assessment process is complete, clients are given a tour of the property and an orientation package which outlines the program requirements, rules, and a schedule of their daily activities. The intake assessment helps the counselling staff identify specific issues and challenges that individuals will focus on in their early recovery.
Treatment begins in a Stabilization Group facilitated by Jesse Kiss, a Certified Canadian Addictions Counsellor who has years of experience educating and inspiring individuals new in recovery. Jesse has an innate ability to make the newcomer feel both safe and welcome from the moment they get on property.
Clients will remain in the Stabilization Group for between 14 and 21 days before they progress to the next stage of their treatment. During Stabilization, clients are introduced to the basic tools and strategies of recovery. They are engaged in group discussions where members often connect on an emotional level. Typical discussion topics covered include, but are not limited to: acceptance, positive communication, self-forgiveness, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) and relapse prevention. A basic overview of the 12 Steps, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) exercises are integrated in to this initial stage of treatment.
Men in this group are encouraged to share openly and honestly about their thoughts, feelings, and fears. At this point, men will begin practicing supportive recovery and utilizing the tools at their immediate disposal: namely the peers around them, who, united through experience, strength and hope, share their common mission.
Clients will participate in one-on-one counselling sessions as well as a variety of alternative therapies and workshops.
Phase Two – Senior Process Groups
Our counseling staff and group facilitators are experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of men beginning their journeys in recovery. Client participation and progress are monitored and reviewed to ensure accountability. A clinical mid-term and regular 1 on 1 sessions are conducted to assess the status of the client’s recovery goals.
Upon successful completion of stabilization group, clients then advance into one of our three distinct senior process groups which each last two weeks. Led by CCAC certified addiction counselors with many years of experience; clients will work through all three groups while they are in treatment, and have the opportunity to leave with a wide breadth of knowledge.
Mike Cain – Group Facilitator
Clients in Mike’s Group are immediately engaged by a passionate individual with an uncanny ability to cut through the denial and negativity bred from addiction. Mike speaks openly and honestly with clients about his experience with the 12 Steps and uses his SMART Recovery facilitation skills to encourage questions and active contribution from group participants. A natural leader with considerable life experience, clients inevitably come away from Mike’s group having expanded their understanding of the basic recovery requirements.
12 Steps to Recovery
Mick Dosanjh, CCAC – Addictions Counsellor
Mick has over 10 years of experience working in the addictions field. A prominent voice and presence on site, Mick educates clients on the principles and philosophies of the 12 Steps and how they apply to everyday life. Mick is a leader in the field and constantly integrates the latest scientific evidence-based concepts in to his lessons addressing addiction and recovery. An engaging public speaker and all-together brilliant man, it’s hard not to be captivated by the way Mick delivers his message.
Healing and Living
Joey McGeough – Group Facilitator
Clients in Joey’s group are taught how to find a deeper understanding of themselves with an emphasis on the motivational systems that drive people. He discusses and explores humans from an evolutionary viewpoint – the biological composition of human beings and how these functions interface with the modern world.
Joey is known as a thinker; clients in his group are asked to consider how they arrived where they did, and then focus on the solutions to their issues. The end goal of this group is for the client to plot out a sensible, healthy path forward.
Clients who are nearing the end of their stay work with their counsellor to create a comprehensive and realistic continuing care plan. Each individual plan provides an array of tools and strategies, as well as a series of specific requirements tailored to ensure ongoing success, accountability, and growth in recovery.
Continuing care plans outline necessities such as attending meetings, further one-on-one counselling, and maintenance of healthy relationships. Clients develop daily maintenance checklists and weekly routines based on their abilities and living situations after leaving our residential treatment program.
To ensure stress and anxiety are dealt with in a responsible fashion, healthy coping mechanisms that were identified during the treatment stay are included in continuing care plans. By following the recommendations of our counselling team, the men leaving Together We Can have a dramatically greater chance of success.
Graduates of Together We Can are offered a great way to stay connected through our weekly Alumni Group. This group meets from 7pm to 8pm every Thursday night at 2831 Kingsway in Vancouver. If you have any questions regarding Alumni Group feel free to email Carol Anne Turbitt at [email protected].
Individuals who complete the intensive inpatient treatment program through Together We Can are encouraged to continue their recovery journey in a way that suits them. We recommend continued clinical consultation on an ongoing basis. The primary focus of aftercare counselling is to maintain the strict accountability that has allowed you to thrive in your new recovery life. Through continuous work, former clients will remain in a semi-monitored environment and be able to work through any obstacles that present themselves.
These services are specifically designed to assist individuals, couples, or family units and are available online or in-person for a fee.
Contact Carol Anne Turbitt today to book an appointment.
E-mail: [email protected]