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Campbell River and North Island Transition Society: The Ann Elmore House


British Columbia CanadaCampbell River and North Island Transition Society: The Ann Elmore House Review

The Campbell River and North Island Transition Society operates a number of supportive services for women and children in Campbell River, British Columbia. Its mission is to approach treatment from a feminist perspective, aiming to empower women to create a balance of power in communities.

The Society opened The Ann Elmore House in 1987 to provide emergency shelter, detox (up to  two weeks) and a month-long residential supportive recovery program for women battling substance abuse. The Society also runs a subsidized housing program for women and children, the Rose Harbour Transitional Housing program.

Accommodations and Food

Ann Elmore is a residential home that houses up to 20 women at a time. The home has two detox beds and two beds for the recovery program. The rest of the beds are for women seeking emergency shelter for up to two weeks. Detox and recovery clients have one roommate. Food is provided by the house, and recovery clients prepare their own food as part of their life-skills training. Recovery clients also have daily chore assignments.

Treatment and Staff

Upon entering the program, clients have a six-day stabilization period during which they detox and/or stay in the residence to acclimate to the treatment environment. After that, they may earn two-hour passes for shopping or recreation excursions and family visits.

Clients are referred into the recovery program through community agencies who connect them with therapists, physicians and case managers before entering Ann Elmore. They continue to see these clinicians for dual diagnosis support and medical care while in the residence.

In addition to seeing their clinicians for individual therapy, residents work in a small group with a trained recovery support worker on a curriculum of 10 psychoeducation sessions. These sessions address the disease model of addiction, coping mechanisms, handling triggers and the effects of abuse, among other topics.

Clients attend five weekly peer support meetings in the community (either AA/NA or SMART Recovery), and have three supervised walks each week for exercise.

In Summary

For nearly 30 years, the Ann Elmore House has provided a safe haven for women in need of shelter and substance abuse treatment. The residential supportive recovery program offers clients a structure and individual attention to create a routine of self-care to focus on treatment, building life skills and setting goals for long-term recovery success.

Campbell River and North Island Transition Society Location

Ann Elmore House
101-1116 Dogwood St
Campbell River, BC
V9W 3A2

Campbell River and North Island Transition Society Cost

Most clients receive grant or Ministry-funded treatment. Call for details. Reach Ann Elmore House by phone at (250) 286-3666 and by email at Find Campbell River and North Island Recovery Society on Facebook

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