VisionQuest Recovery Society was founded in 1996 in British Columbia, Canada to provide long-term residential treatment to women ages 19 and up. Treatment at VisionQuest is focused on the 12-step framework, and its guiding principles are abstinence, responsibility, structure and discipline. It operates a combined residential and sober living facility for women—Harte House—in Surrey, British Columbia. It also operates two residential programs for men in Chilliwack River Valley and Logan Lake as well as a sober living facility for men in Abbotsford.
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.
Accommodations and Food
Located near Vancouver in the suburban city of Surrey, Harte House has up to 14 women in residence at one time. Women have roommates in both the residential and sober living phases of treatment. Food is prepared communally and there are laundry facilities where residents are permitted to do up to two loads of laundry each week. The home has a communal TV and reading materials for recreation. Women are not permitted cell phones or computers for the first 90 days of treatment.
Treatment and Staff
Phase One—the residential treatment track—is typically six months in duration. During this phase, women rise at 7 am and do chore assignments, then have full days consisting of group therapy and psychoeducation groups. These include Big Book Study, Relapse Prevention, step work, appointments with doctors and individual counseling. They also have an hour of fitness activities each afternoon. In the evenings, the women attend community 12-step meetings and have 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 are taken to a nearby mental health clinic for therapy and medication management.
In Phase Two, which can last from three months to over a year, women don’t attend treatment groups but are required to attend a morning check-in meeting. They’re expected to work full-time and/or attend school and the supervising staff takes clients to Triangle Community Resources for help with education and job skills training.
Goal setting is an integral part of treatment at Harte House. Women are required to identify their recovery goals at the beginning of treatment and write a “good-bye letter” to their addiction.
Clients are permitted 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 women in Surrey, British Columbia. In residential treatment, clients participate in a thorough exploration of the 12 steps while developing life skills and learning how to live in a cooperative therapeutic community. In the sober living phase of treatment, clients reintegrate into professional life and schooling while benefitting from living in Harte House’s supportive atmosphere.
VisionQuest Recovery Society
Unit 7 – 7551 Vantage Way
Canada V4G 1C9
VisionQuest Recovery Society Women’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 VisionQuest Recovery Society by phone at (604) 946-1841 and by email at [email protected]. VisionQuest Recovery Society on Facebook
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