West Coast Wellness Centre provides women’s-only residential substance abuse treatment in Maple Ridge—a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. The Centre was founded in 2006 by Norma Jean Pettersson, an addiction specialist with a wealth of experience in a broad range of recovery environments who specializes in guiding clients through the 12 steps.
Treatment at The Centre combines evidence-based therapies with the 12 steps and during the course of the program, clients work through each of the 12 steps twice. The Centre’s core program lasts for 60 days and many residents choose to stay on for 90 days. In special cases, the Centre may admit a resident for 45 days of treatment if they’ve been in treatment before and have relapsed.
The Centre offers intervention services and partners with detox facilities for pre-treatment and a nearby outpatient center for aftercare. West Coast Wellness Centre is the only Provincially-accredited, fully private women’s-only rehab facility in Canada.
Accommodations and Food
The Centre is located in a comfortable, well-appointed craftsman-style residential home in Maple Ridge—a quiet upscale suburb. The elegant home houses up to nine women at a time, each sharing a double-occupancy room with one roommate and a shared bath. Furnishings are modern and stylish, with comfortable leather sofas in common areas, a stone fireplace and a fully-equipped kitchen with granite counter-tops and a breakfast bar. The residence has a laundry room (not coin operated), exercise studio and TV area. Residents can also take advantage of nearby trails, mountains and lakes where they can go on daily nature walks.
The Centre employs a chef who works with the staff nutritionist to prepare gourmet meals customized to the tastes and health needs of the women in residence.
Treatment and Staff
The Centre was founded on the belief that addiction most often takes root when a client’s self-esteem has been damaged. In addition to a thorough exploration of the 12-steps, treatment is focused on building confidence through a holistic process that includes evidence-based therapies such as CBT as well as non-traditional and body-oriented therapies such as yoga, massage, and sound therapy.
After rising, residents clean their personal spaces and then attend a schedule of group and individual therapy according to their individualized treatment plan. Therapy sessions focus on changing negative core beliefs, stress management, anxiety, managing feelings, setting boundaries, conflict resolution, relationships, anger management and assertiveness training. Daily on-site AA/NA meetings are also a requirement for each resident. Since family relationships can often be a source of pain for residents, they cannot call home during the first 30 days of treatment. After, they can use the house phone and computer with supervision.
The treatment team at The Centre includes Master’s-level therapists and a psychiatric nurse and is overseen by an IADC-accredited addiction counselor. Clinicians are equipped to treat co-occurring disorders and a physician is on-call for medication management. Hayle Wipf is The Centre’s psychiatric nurse practitioner and yoga instructor. Merging her two professions, she’s created a yoga program for residents that is designed to facilitate healing from addiction.
The Centre uses Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements as a foundational text in its treatment curriculum. Additionally, all residents also take a course on healing from shame developed by best-selling author and therapist Brené Brown.
Off-site treatment includes weekly transportation to HeartQuest Addictions, a nearby outpatient treatment center for conflict resolution workshops. Residents are also treated to off-site recreational trips including designated days at a local luxury spa. Additionally, The Centre provides weekly massage therapy and sound healing to further facilitate each resident’s comfort and recovery.
Aftercare planning starts well before a client’s discharge date approaches and each resident works closely with her counselor to set post-treatment goals. In addition to its relationship with HeartQuest, The Centre also coordinates aftercare planning with a specialist at Positive Life Changes, a nearby counseling center.
The Centre also offers intervention services and has several e-learning courses that families and alumni can purchase to help them move forward in their recovery after their time at The Centre.
West Coast Wellness Centre provides women’s-only residential treatment in a quiet, upscale residence in Greater Vancouver, B.C.. Treatment focuses on teaching residents how to build self-esteem using evidence-based therapies and a thorough exploration of each of the 12 steps. Due to the current strength of the US dollar against the Canadian dollar, American women looking for high-end amenities, holistic treatment, comfort and well-tested therapeutic practices might do well to expand their search across the border.
West Coast Wellness Centre Residential Treatment
10653 Jackson Rd
Maple Ridge, BC V2W 1G6, Canada
West Coast Wellness Centre Residential Treatment Cost: $24,000 CAD ($17,000 USD per publishing day exchange rate, 60 days). Reach West Coast Wellness Centre at (800) 801-8354 and by email at [email protected]. Find West Coast Wellness Centre on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube
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