Ledgehill Treatment and Recovery Centre operates out of a converted 1800’s farmhouse in Lawrencetown, a tiny hamlet in Nova Scotia, Canada, just east of Maine. It was founded in 2009 by a sober Charles Bower in response to the lack of private facilities in Atlantic Canada. Primarily 12-step in focus, Ledgehill’s intensive and active program is geared towards clients drawn from the professional and business communities who are already in good general physical and mental health.
Accommodations and Food
Described by a former resident as “a charming inn,” Ledgehill was originally renovated as a corporate training center to four star hotel standards. Nine clients sleep in private rooms, furnished with queen-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms. Treatment and housing occur together at the farmhouse, and the property covers more than 110 acres of fields and woods to be explored. Miles of beaches and shorelines are also close by, providing plenty of opportunity to reconnect with nature.
Clients share the common areas in the house, multiple fireplaces, and eat together in the dining room. A healthy diet is an important component of the program at Ledgehill, so nutritious, high quality and often organic meals are provided by the kitchen staff.
Treatment and Staff
Ledgehill’s standard program is 45 days long, but it also offers 30- and 90-day treatment plans. Residents are required to be free from drugs and alcohol for at least seven days before being admitted, and while there is no detox program offered here, placement assistance is available for those in need.
The highly credentialed staff, including an on-site MD who specializes in addiction therapy, completes a detailed clinical assessment as part of the admission process, and a holistic, evidence-based program of support is developed for each individual. The staff-to-client ratio is almost even, and group size is small, often between four and seven participants of the same gender, when appropriate.
The program here is designed to address not only chemical addictions, but also behavioral addictions like sex and gambling, with attention to concurring mental health conditions. Group therapy is combined with one individual session a week as well as daily educational classes and lectures on addiction and relapse prevention. Therapies provided include Solution-Focused, Narrative, Systems, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and CBT therapies.
At Ledgehill, visitation is built into the family programming. Loved ones are invited to participate in counseling, educational groups and relationship building lectures. There are group discussions on addiction, presentations on recovery from the clinical staff and personal reading and reflection from family and clients.
Residents are expected to work hard at Ledgehill. Days begin at 8 am and finish at 9 pm. The schedule starts with yoga and meditation, followed by individual therapy, group counseling, addiction education, experiential learning, workshops, exercise, outdoor activities, therapeutic assignments and duties, diet and nutrition classes and evening AA or NA meetings. There are planned weekend activities, but no weekend leave. Treatment is fully residential and staff supported seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, gardening, photography and art therapy are some of the extras offered at Ledgehill. In addition, there is an off-site gym available at no extra cost, and residents can golf, hike, cross-country ski and canoe along the Annapolis River, weather permitting.
The client’s overall health, welfare and privacy are of the utmost importance at Ledgehill. The personal attention, the focus on chemical as well as behavioral addictions and the wealth of extra activities make this economically priced facility an excellent deal, for clients both in and out of Canada.
Ledgehill Treatment and Recovery Centre
7608 Highway 201
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
Ledgehill Cost: $12,950 Canadian Dollars [$11,570.87 as of this publishing date] (30 days). Reach Ledgehill by phone at (800) 676-3393 or by email at [email protected]. Find Ledgehill on Facebook and Twitter
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