VisionQuest Recovery Society is a British Columbia, Canada-based long-term residential treatment center for men ages 19 and up. The men’s program has two campuses for Phase One, a six-month residential program, The Creek–Chilliwack near the Chilliwack River Valley and The Lake, a 20-acre campus near Logan Lake. Discovery House is its affiliated sober living facility, located in the bustling town of Abbotsford, and is tailored for alumni of the residential programs who are reintegrating into urban professional life and schooling.
Treatment at VisionQuest focuses on providing positive and pro-active care employing a holistic approach. The program was founded using money provided by artist Roy Henry Vicers who was committed to building a facility for those suffering from addiction. He sold his work to honor his friend, Constable Mike Buday, who was killed in the line of duty.
Treatment at VisionQuest is focused on the 12-step framework, and its guiding principles are abstinence, responsibility, structure and discipline. It also operates a residential and sober living program for women—Harte House—in Surrey, British Columbia.
Accommodations and Food
The Lake and The Creek are situated in rustic, secluded settings. There are plenty of wooded areas to explore for outdoor sports and recreation. Men have at least one roommate in rooms with double bunks. Meals are served in the campuses cafeterias and prepared by staff. There’s a recreation room for TV and a small library for reading materials.
In Phase Two, Discovery House residents also have roommates. Up to 10 men occupy the residence at one time. As part of their life skills training, men have cooking assignments although the house staff supplies the food each week.
Treatment and Staff
In Phase One, men rise at 7 am and do chore assignments, then have full days with group therapy and psychoeducation groups, including Big Book study, Relapse Prevention, step work. appointments with doctors and individual counseling. In the evenings, they attend community 12-step meetings followed by quiet time to work on recovery homework. Lights are out at 11 pm on weekdays and 2 am on weekends.
Group topics include establishing healthy boundaries, post-acute withdrawal syndrome and stress management. Treatment uses some CBT and is primarily focused on guiding residents through the 12-step framework.
The staff includes Alcohol and Drug Counselors (ADCs) and house managers, many in recovery themselves. Clients with mild co-occurring disorders also work with psychiatrists through video conferencing. Clients with severe co-occurring disorders are generally referred to outside facilities for more specialized treatment.
In Phase Two, men do not attend treatment groups, but are required to attend a morning check-in meeting. Men are expected to work full-time and/or attend school while at Discovery House. The supervising staff takes clients to Triangle Community Resources for help with education and job skills training.
Residential clients can have visitors Saturdays and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. On Thursday nights, residents attend a talk given by a VisionQuest alumnus or someone with many years of sobriety for support and inspiration.
VisionQuest Recovery Society provides long-term residential treatment and sober living for men at three locations in British Columbia. Residents partake in a thorough exploration of the 12 steps while gaining life skills and learning how to live in a cooperative therapeutic community.
VisionQuest Recovery Society Location
Unit 7–7551 Vantage Way
Canada V4G 1C9
VisionQuest Recovery Society Men’s Residential Cost
Most clients receive no-cost government-subsidized treatment; Self-pay rate is $900 CAD ($684.28 USD per publishing day exchange rate, 30 days). Reach Vision Quest Recovery Society by phone at (855) 637-6356 and by email at [email protected]. VisionQuest Recovery Society on Facebook
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