In 1979 the doors opened at Round Lake Treatment Centre in Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada. Located in central BC, about three hours from the US border, this CARF Accredited facility offers detox services and residential care for substance abuse. Treatment at Round Lake is holistic, cultural and client centered and focuses on each clients strengths and a balance of both physical and mental health.
Accommodations and Food
The campus where the clients reside is in the Okanagan Valley and is surrounded by pine trees. The beautiful nearby lake has a reputation among the local native tribes as a place for healing. The grounds are home to plant and wild life, including deer, large hawks and the occasional mountain lion. It provides a serene atmosphere for healing. There are 36 beds total at this facility and is open to both adult men and women who are housed in separate wings of the residence. The long brick building where the clients stay has view of the mountains and is placed on a manicured lawn, hidden by the tall trees. Inside, the facility has a dining room with several round tables and a lounge area. The bedrooms are double occupancy with full beds and are decorated to resemble a luxury hotel, with an en suite bathroom per room.
The food in prepared by staff chefs and offers healthy, gourmet meals three times a day, plus snacks are set out during down times. The food is always prepared with the freshest ingredients and can be altered to suit any client’s allergies or specific needs.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment philosophy at Round Lake encompasses traditional Native American beliefs and methods, and is individualized to each client. The programs are typically between five and six weeks and include some evidence based treatment modalities and holistic methods. During the first two weeks in the program the clients are considered to be in the assessment phase. This stage is for the clients to get a feeling for the programs and the daily schedules and for the staff to see which methods would be helpful for the individual’s specific needs. The following two weeks is referred to as the working phase, and is where the clients focus on their particular needs and issues like past traumas are addressed. The final stage emphasizes the integration of an aftercare plan and relapse prevention is the focus.
Programs incorporate several group and individual therapy sessions weekly, on-site AA meetings and Big Book studies. Therapeutic methods include EMDR, art therapy, CBT and psychoeducation. A focus on self-care and nutrition is implemented into every program as well as relaxation techniques and managing stress. The Native traditions include pipe ceremonies, elder teachings, including song and language and spiritual cleansing. There are specialized programs for clients with a co-occurring disorder as well, but on-site medication management is not offered. Treatment is co-ed with the exception of the sweat lodge, which is gender specific and lead by same gender counselors. The staff at Round Lake consists of a clinical and medical staff that includes LPNs, psychologists, CADCs, and Master’s-level LCSWs.
The grounds include a gymnasium with cardio machines and weights, volleyball and basketball courts, an administrative building and serenity garden. There are therapeutic and recreational activities daily, like nature walks or group sports, and traditional Native activities like smudging and taking part in the sweat lodge.
There are refresher treatment programs that are four weeks long, and available to those who have completed the initial program. There are specialty family and couples programs offered in the residential setting.
The treatment offered at Round Lake is a unique experience for any client attending. There is an emphasis on having each person relearn how to trust and begin to heal in a supportive atmosphere. This is an excellent choice for those seeking a serene place to begin recovery with an emphasis on Native American spirituality.
Round Lake Treatment Centre
200 Emery Louis Rd
Armstrong, BC, V0E 1B5 Canada
Round Lake Treatment Centre Cost: $6,800 (34 days) unless a member of the First Nations. Reach Round Lake Treatment Centre by phone at (250) 546-3077. Find Round Lake Treatment Centre on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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