InnerVisions Recovery Society was founded in 1991 by married couple Billy and Kim Weselowski. The couple, newly in recovery themselves, opened InnerVisions as a residential treatment center for men in Coquitlam, near Vancouver, British Columbia. The early success of the men’s facility encouraged Kim to open Hannah House, a women’s recovery home, in 2002.
Hannah House is located in Maple Ridge on the eastern edge of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Treatment at Hannah House guides clients through a rigorous exploration of the 12 steps and emphasizes personal responsibility as well as spiritual and physical health.
Accommodations and Food
Women are accommodated in a large, craftsman-style home with ample yard space and modern treatment rooms. The house features a modern, industrial kitchen with a cooking staff who prepare all weekday meals. On weekends, the residents take turns preparing communal meals. Vegetarian options are available throughout the week.
Most residents sleep in double-occupancy rooms, though some singles may be available. Clients are required to go for morning walks, and the residence has a weight room as well. The facility also provides coin-operated laundry machines.
Treatment and Staff
Each client’s initial treatment plan is for 60 days, though they may be permitted to extend this stage up to 90 days if it would be beneficial. Upon arrival, clients are assigned a mentor/Big Sister—a client who has been in treatment for several weeks and who acts as a source of support for the new resident.
For the first 35 days of treatment, clients cannot leave the facility except with a staff member or senior residents, nor can they make outside phone calls. During the first week of treatment, residents also attend a New Client Group each day to acclimate to the program.
Throughout their stay, clients attend two or three daily treatment groups which are a combination of group therapy and psychoeducational classes that explore relapse prevention, the disease of addiction and anger management. New clients also attend daily individual therapy for the first week of treatment and then less frequently as they progress in the program. In the evenings clients attend on-site 12-step meetings or participate in group step study.
The treatment team at Hannah House is made up of trained recovery support workers, all of whom are in recovery themselves. Clients in need of dual diagnosis support can see a psychiatrist at a nearby mental health clinic after their initial 35-day restriction period.
Towards the end of their stay, clients attend off-site week-long job training workshops and conflict resolution courses.
Yoga classes are scheduled every Monday, and after the initial 35-day restrictions period, residents can purchase $2 passes to exercise at the nearby Leisure Centre. Family counseling is available if loved ones wish to participate in treatment and for the final two weeks of treatment, counselors work with clients to make aftercare plans (which may include individual therapy and/or applying to sober living programs).
InnerVisions Recovery Society’s Hannah House has been providing women with residential treatment in a supportive and comfortable atmosphere for nearly 15 years. With its new client groups, mentoring system and off-site job skills training, Hannah House provides clients with significant emotional support in early recovery and practical life skills training in the later phases of their stay. Counselors also work with clients to make secure aftercare plans that enable clients’ early recovery work to form a strong foundation for lasting success.
InnerVisions Recovery Society: Hannah House
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Inner Visions Recovery Society: Hannah House Cost: $6,000 CAD for self-pay ($4,607.06 per publishing day exchange rate, 30 days); government-funded and Fraser Health beds may be available. Reach Hannah House by phone at (866) 466-4215. Find Inner Visions on Facebook and YouTube
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