Located in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, Sunshine Coast Health Centre is a non-profit behavioral health organization providing detox, residential treatment and sober living homes for men recovering from chemical dependency. Though much of the programming is tailored to alcohol and cocaine addiction, anyone suffering from substance abuse issues can also receive treatment here.
Accommodations and Food
The Sunshine Coast Health Centre facility is an expansive compound with a cedar shake exterior, complete with four detox and 36 primary care beds. Residents can stay in both private or semi-private rooms, the latter shared with one other roommate. The facility features an expansive recreational room with several leather recliners and a widescreen television, foosball and ping-pong tables, musical instruments and a shared cafeteria. The seven-acre property directly faces the Powell River with private beach access. There is an on-site fitness center with a lap pool, work-out equipment and an outdoor basketball hoop.
All clients get initial and mid-program diet consultations that help staff to design individual meal plans. Breakfast often consists of heartier fare like pancakes and sausage, while lunch and dinner include a range of options such as Thai chicken salad and salmon fettuccini. Snacks include muffins, juice and cookies as well as yogurt and raw veggies. A full sample menu is available on the website.
Treatment and Staff
Detox is a five-day program with travel assistance, medical supervision, nursing consultations and psycho-educational groups. After stabilization, clients continue on to a more structured recovery program.
Clients can enroll in a primary addiction program with 30-, 42-, 60- and 90-day duration option. Treatment typically runs from 7 am to 9 pm each day and incorporates psychotherapy groups, rotating workshops and activity time. A wide number of evidence-based modalities are used and all care plans are individualized, though typically comprised of group and individual therapy, CBT, art and music therapy. Treatment at Sunshine Coast Health Centre is not based in 12-step principles, instead taking a Rogerian or person-centered psychological approach. However, residents may attend off-site AA/NA or SMART Recovery meetings if they wish.
An additional dimension of treatment is offered for clients who enroll in the trauma program, which provides further dual diagnosis support and holistic care including meditation, hypnotherapy, EMDR and neurofeedback.
Staff consists of Master’s- and PhD-level psychotherapists, art therapists, doctors, LPNs and RNs.
Once clients have completed one of the above programs, they can continue on to a 14- to 20-day alumni program that also serves as a transitional aftercare option. During this stage, alums learn relapse prevention strategies and prepare to reintegrate into society. This phase is essentially sober living, as residents still live at the same facility. Clients can also attend a family program and/or couples therapy as standalone services.
Sunshine Coast Health Centre offers a comprehensive program for addiction recovery, with a full continuum of care and well-appointed facilities. Though 12-step does not play a major role, potential clients should still be impressed by the range of both evidence-based and holistic methods available as well as the work-life balance built into each plan. For those seeking high-end amenities at an affordable price, Sunshine Coast Health Centre is a solid choice.
Sunshine Coast Health Centre
RR #1, 2174 Fleury Rd
Powell River, BC, Canada V8A 4Z2
Sunshine Coast Health Centre Cost: $15,960-$20,760 CAD ($12,172-$15,833 per publishing day exchange rate, 30 days). Reach Sunshine Coast Health Center at (866) 487-9010 or by email at [email protected]. Find Sunshine Coast Health on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest
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