For over a decade, Solace House has provided a sober living (also known as “second stage” treatment) environment for women in recovery in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Solace House prides itself on being a safe and structured environment that aims to help clients maintain recovery from substance abuse mentally, physically and spiritually.
Solace House is owned and operated by the social services agency Triangle Community Resources, which specializes in helping residents transcend barriers to gainful employment. This facility requires clients to be actively invested in their recovery and believes in client-centered treatment and the disease model of addiction.
Accommodations and Amenities
Solace House occupies a residence within walking distance of a range of amenities as well as public transportation. The house has bright, traditional décor and most residents have single rooms and shared bathrooms. The residence has two TV rooms and a shared computer for job searching. There are also two on-site laundry rooms.
Residents are responsible for food shopping and for preparing their own breakfast and lunch. For dinner, the residents cook communally and dine family style.
Rules and Regulations
Unlike many sober living facilities, Solace House doesn’t require residents to be employed or enrolled in school, only to be “moving forward” towards their life goals. However, women are highly encouraged to take advantage of Triangle Community Resource’s job training programs.
Upon entering Solace House, residents have a two-week restriction period where they must stay at the house and can only leave if they’re accompanied by a staff member or senior resident. After the initial two weeks, residents have a curfew of 10 pm on weekdays and 11 pm on weekends.
Solace House requires clients to attend at least five peer support meetings each week (typically AA/NA or Celebrate Recovery), and to work with a sponsor. In the evenings, clients often help each other with 12-step work or attend treatment groups. On Mondays, a psychologist hosts an on-site co-occurring disorders group and on Wednesdays a facilitator comes to conduct a Big Book study group. On Thursdays, most residents attend a co-occurring disorders group at a local treatment center.
After the initial two-week restriction period, residents can earn passes to visit family overnight. The Solace House staff helps clients in need of dual diagnosis support find counselors and psychiatrists at a nearby mental health clinic.
Solace House provides a standard level of structure and support for women in transition from the initial stage of recovery to autonomous living. With on-going treatment groups and access to job skills training through Triangle Community Resources, Solace House gives clients the opportunity to improve their life skills, emotional intelligence and employability while residing in a comfortable, safe environment.
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Solace House Cost: $927 CAD ($711.52 per publishing day exchange rate, 30 days). Many clients qualify for Ministry subsidy. Reach Solace House by phone at (604) 864-4052 and by email at [email protected]. Find Solace House on Facebook
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