Finding the Right Treatment Centre in BC



Finding treatment centres in BC must fist be broken down into three drug and alcohol treatment categories.

1.. Co-ed treatment centres

2.  Women only treatment centres.

3. Men only treatment centres.

The second consideration when researching Treatment centres in BC is funding. You have two funding options.

  1. Government Assisted

If you are currently receiving assistance provided by the Ministry of Social Development and Innovation, there is funding available for you, to access Government assisted residential drug rehabilitation programs. Government assisted treatment centres in BC typically offer a harm reduction model of recovery and offer very low counsellor to client ratios. Client load is typically very high and programs are tailored to the group not the individual. If you are currently receiving welfare, or are considered a correctional or military client, you may contact your social worker or administrator directly and they will facilitate your entry into drug and alcohol treatment.

  1. Private Treatment Centres “Urgent Care”

Private treatment centres in BC offers urgent care availability when government assisted waiting lists may prevent immediate access to care. These centres are licenced and accredited and typically have very high counsellor to client ratios. Managing 8-15 beds instead of 40-400 beds you will find in Government assisted programs. Private treatment centres also allow you to access a full continuum of care including a wide range of modalities not accessible in the government system. Within the private system, in many cases, you will find a ratio of 1 to 2 or 1 to 3 clients to clinicians and have the ability to pick and choose modalities that match your needs such as 12 step to self esteem, art therapy, yoga, cbt, smart recovery, timeline therapy, holistic models, satir methods, ptsd, and grief specialization.

Example of Private Treatment Centre’s in BC:

  1. Sunshine Coast Health Centre – is a private, men’s only treatment centre located in Powel River. B.C.
  2. West Coast Wellness Centre for Women – is a private, women’s only treatment centre located in Maple Ridge, B.C.
  3. Edgewood – is a private, co-ed treatment centre located in Nanaimo, B.C.

There certainly are a wide variety of treatment centre’s in BC to accommodate all needs and requirements.

Deciding on which private treatment centre in bc is appropriate for you, we have put together a list of some questions you may want to ask the intake counsellor at the treatment centre you are conducting your due diligence on?

Questions to ask Private Treatment Centre’s in BC

  1. How many years have you been in business?
  2. How many counsellors do you have on staff?
  3. How many hours of one on one counselling will I receive?
  4. What specialized services do you offer?
  5. What is your completion rate?
  6. What does your after-care plan consist of?
  7. If my loved one leaves early, for whatever reason, are they able to return and complete the program?
  8. What is the longest stay at your program?
  9. Do you have any online testimonials, aside from what is listed on your website?
  10. Can I speak with someone that has completed your program and has, at least 1 year of sobriety?

Two more things you may want to consider:

  1. Relatability.

Feeling safe enough to get honest and share with others is very important in recovery and treatment. Can you relate to the current demographics of the other clientele. To get an understanding of this, you will need to speak with the intake counsellor at the drug and alcohol treatment centre. If you can’t relate, you won’t feel safe, and you won’t share and if you don’t share, it impedes your recovery progress.

  1. Are you introverted or extroverted?

Would you be more willing to share in a large group, small group, or one on one. If you are extroverted, you may feel very comfortable sharing in a large group but if you are introverted, this may cause you distress. You may clam up and not share at all and just allow the extroverts to take control of your group time. If this happens, your recovery progress slows down once again.

Feeling safe and being able to relate to others is a critical part of recovery. We have shared some helpful information with you in order to better equip you in making a decision on which treatment centre in bc is right for you.

The good news is British Columbia has some of the most diverse and well constructed treatment programs in Canada. We have a great selection to choose from. It’s just a matter of doing the work, calling around, speaking with the treatment centre’s and making sure it’s a good fit for you.

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