CEO Royce Dockrill opened Valiant Recovery in 2009 to address both the lack of a luxury executive rehabs in Canada and the need for a high-end rehabilitation center that promotes Christian values. While they are a Christian organization, Dockrill emphasizes that his program treats more non-Christians than Christians and does not force any resident to engage spiritually. Located in peaceful Kelowna, British Columbia, Valiant focuses on individualized treatment plans and constant comfort. It offers two different programs, luxury and executive—executive more costly because of the extra individual treatment received and the sleeping accommodations.
Accommodations and Food
Residents live in a 4,700-square-foot mansion on a mountain road near Ellison Lake. The home features high ceilings, iron trimmings, custom crown moldings, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Luxury program residents share rooms, some modest in size and others very spacious (the spacious rooms cost an extra $1,000), which have neutral carpeting, full-sized beds and nightstands. One of the bedrooms is a mini-suite, with a kitchen and a separate entrance, and is mostly reserved for women. Executive residents have their own private rooms. Clients can enjoy the private film room equipped with surround sound and an 150-inch screen, an outside BBQ area with a grill, a backyard jacuzzi with 37 therapeutic jets, three computer stations and also several cozy common areas, one with a television.
Residents eat three healthy meals a day and are able to access the kitchen at any time as needed. There is a set menu, which includes a warm breakfast, a light lunch and a hearty dinner, such as roasted turkey or chicken cordon bleu.
Treatment and Staff
Valiant Recovery treats addiction from a holistic standpoint, which in this case emphasizes medical, spiritual and physical needs. The cornerstones of the treatment are faith-focused emotional healing, frequent individual therapy and positive peer-to-peer support.
Treatment includes 16 sessions of individual therapy per month for the luxury program and 32 sessions a month for the executive program, group therapy, off-site 12-step meetings three days a week, relapse prevention, grief and loss counseling, stress management, the genesis process (a biblical and neuro-chemical hybrid therapy), experiential therapies like equine therapy, art therapy and optional spiritual therapy, the latter of which includes healing sessions, soaking, meditation and “battlefield of the mind” (a course on winning the battle in your mind through Christianity). It also incorporates exercise into the program, escorting clients to a nearby pool or gym three days a week and devoting one entire day per week to recreation, which might be horseback riding, hiking or skiing.
A typical day begins with a 7 am wake-up, followed by breakfast, a daily reflections meeting and oftentimes a trip to the gym at 8:30 am. When residents return, they attend group therapy until lunch at 12 pm. After lunch, they continue group therapy from 1 to 4 pm, broken up by an individual therapy session if scheduled. At 4 pm, residents can do homework or relax until dinner at 6 pm. After dinner, they have evening therapy or go to a local NA or AA meeting before lights out at 10 pm.
Staff includes CEO Dockrill and his wife, who are both relapse prevention specialists, two clinical counselors with Master’s degrees, a medical doctor, a fitness/12-step coach, two facilitators (unlicensed therapists), a craniosacral therapist/masseuse and a chiropractor. The staff-to-resident ratio is about one-to-one. Many of the employees are Christians themselves and have experience working in Christian-based addictions programs before working at Valiant Recovery.
Each client who leaves Valiant Recovery has a continued care plan, which includes referrals to local support groups and continued contact with Valiant Recovery over the phone or via email. The program cost includes 240 minutes of phone counseling that clients are strongly encouraged to use. Further phone counseling costs $4 per minute. Valiant Recovery also has a sober living facility for clients seeking extra support.
Valiant Recovery could be a good fit for Christians seeking a high-end treatment center at a steal of a price. With the ideal staff-to-resident ratio, notably frequent individual sessions and abundant amenities, Valiant Recovery is worth considering.
7841 Okanagan Hwy
Kelowna, BC V4V 1E7
Valiant Recovery Cost: $18,000-$19,000 (luxury program, 30 days); $36,000 (executive program, 30 days). Reach Valiant Recovery by phone at (877) 630-8297. Find Valiant Recovery on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube
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