Turning Point Recovery Society is a well-established, CARF-accredited network of residential treatment facilities in Vancouver, North Shore and Richmond, British Columbia. Turning Point was founded in 1982 by Jim Ross and Lance Riley, two friends in recovery who banded together with others to rent a house in which they could all work together to support each other maintain sobriety.
The house grew, and in 1984, the Vancouver business community stepped in to support its official formation as a registered society. It has since expanded to offer both gender-specific and co-ed treatment. Turning Point is particularly known for its treatment and support of the LGBTQ+ communities.
Turning Point’s co-ed facility is in Vancouver. It operates both men’s and women’s facilities in Richmond and women’s facility in North Shore. It plans to open a second men’s facility in North Shore later this year, and all facilities follow the same treatment program.
Accommodations and Food
Each facility accommodates clients in a well-appointed residential home. The homes have yard spaces for congregating and games as well as TV rooms for socializing and down time. Most residents have roommates, though some single rooms are available in each home.
As part of their life skills training, residents prepare all meals. Set menus are planned by a nutritionist.
Treatment and Staff
Most residents stay in treatment for three to five months. On average, clients attend four treatment groups a day, which include group therapy and psychoeducation groups. Most clients also have individual therapy at least once a week. However, as they stabilize, clients are also encouraged to find an outside substance abuse counselor so that they’ll have established a relationship with another clinician by the time their residential treatment comes to an end. In the evenings, clients attend in-house 12-step or SMART Recovery meetings.
Turning Point takes a client-centered approach to therapy. Treatment groups are led by CACs who use CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), trauma-informed care and the Stages of Change model. Group topics include communication skills, assertiveness training, Big Book study and budgeting. Residents also have experiential therapy options including art and writing therapy, and residences offer culturally-sensitive Medicine Wheel treatment if the need arises.
Turning Point can treat clients with mild to moderate co-occurring disorders. The house staff provides medication management, and Turning Point has an addiction medicine physician who reviews treatment plans and consults with patients weekly.
Residences access nearby gyms for working out and maintaining physical health. Turning Point encourages residents to take an active role in peer support and mentoring incoming clients.
Turning Point also operates its OARS program (Outreach and Resources Support), which helps clients and residents of the surrounding community access additional mental health and supportive services and locate housing.
For over 30 years, Turning Point Recovery Society has provided inclusive, holistic treatment to men and women in Vancouver and the surrounding areas who are ready to commit to change. With a combination of peer support activities, evidence-based therapy groups and life skills classes, Turning Point ensures that clients leave treatment with greater self-knowledge, coping skills and an improved support network.
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Turning Point Recovery Society Cost: $4,500 CAD self-pay [$3,520 per publishing day exchange rate] (30 days); accepts insurance and Ministry and other government subsidies may be available. Reach Turning Point Recovery Society by phone at (604) 303-6844. Find Turning Point Recovery Society on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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