Homewood Health Centre is a 300-bed mental health and addiction treatment facility located on 50-acres on the banks of the (ironically named) Speed River in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. With over 130 years of experience and a network of more than 4,500 employees and clinical experts, Homewood is one of Canada’s largest facilities of its kind. The continuum of care includes assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, aftercare and family support services for both individuals and organizations. Homewood provides specialty therapy groups tailored to the needs of healthcare professionals, first responders and for those with co-occurring disorders. Homewood also offers specialized groups for young adults and seniors.
Accommodations and Food
The main Homewood facility is a sprawling brick mansion with a number of outbuildings. There is a fitness center, cafe, gift shop and bowling alley. The expansive grounds include year-round walking trails, a tennis court, a labyrinth, gazebo and plenty of strategically placed benches for outdoor reflection time. Clients share semi-private rooms with twin beds and en suite bathrooms. Three healthy meals a day are served in the central cafeteria. The café offers snacks and treats between meals.
Treatment and Staff
Clients must receive a referral from a healthcare professional and complete a physical exam and psychiatric assessment prior to admission. Length of treatment is typically 60 to 90 days, depending on each client’s individualized treatment plan. The program is designed for those who are 19 years of age or older, mentally and physically able to participate in an intensive group-based treatment program and are willing to co-operate with supervised random urine tests. Supervised detox is available on-site and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is available on a short-term basis only. If a client is on methadone at the time of admission, they must be stable at a dosage of 30 mg or less per day, have abstinence as a goal and be willing to participate in 12-step meetings.
Clients live in a structured setting that focuses on taking personal responsibility. Treatment includes individual, group, family and recreational therapy; written assignments, addiction education, case management and developing life skills. Residents participate in group therapy four hours a day, with a minimum of one hour of individual therapy a week.
Staff helps clients plan for outpatient treatment once they are ready to leave the program. Referrals are available for Homewood’s aftercare programs.
The family program is a two-day group session focusing on recovery issues for family members 19 years and older. It provides a chance to connect with other people in the same situation and receive accurate information about the disease. Family members are responsible for their own meals and accommodations and there is a small fee for the program.
The Homewood alumni foundation offers a yearly Spiritual Renewal Service. This annual event that provides alumni members, staff, volunteers, patients and board members a unique opportunity to celebrate recovery in their daily lives. The 2015 service was attended by approximately 600 people.
The Homewood Health Centre program is an ideal residential treatment center for men and women who are seeking a structured environment primarily based on the 12 steps. Clients learn valuable life skills and work through underlying problems with addiction and mental health.
Homewood Health Centre
150 Delhi St
Guelph, Ontario N1E 6K9
Homewood Health Centre Cost: State-funded (intake and medicine fees may apply). Reach Homewood Health Centre by phone at (519) 824-1010 or by email at [email protected]. Find Homewood Health Centre on Facebook
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