Admissions

Proven Addiction Recovery Since 1981

Youth Girls and Adult Women

Westminster House offers addiction recovery services for youth girls and adult women and youth. Our team of experts helps women overcome addiction and get their lives back. Our primary program is 90 days in length. Unable to commit to 90 days? Please ask us about our condensed program and the 10-days into recovery.

  • Abstinence from drugs and alcohol

  • Improved overall health

  • Improved family and social relationships

  • Access to educational and employment opportunities

Intake Office: 228 Seventh Street, New Westminster, BC
Toll-Free 1-866‐524‐5633
Fax: 604-524-4634
Email:

Intake

YOUTH * ADULTS * FAMILIES

Our programs provide a unique environment of learning, nurturing, and healing within a connected peer-to-peer community. If you’re struggling with addiction, we can help you get your life back.

Call our toll free confidential helpline 1-866-524-5633 We encourage (when possible) that the clients have their name on the waitlist before we can accept a completed referral package from an agent. We know this is not always possible and will do our best to accommodate extenuating circumstances.

We prefer that clients are abstinent prior to in-take, however, we go on a case by case basis.

Westminster House is a place to recover and therefore free from distractions such as cell phones and computers so if possible leave these devices at home as there is limited storage. Further, we can only store up to a maximum of 1 suitcase.

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Need help with a loved one?

Please Contact one of our Certified Interventionists.

Intake Steps

Contact Us so that we can conduct an intake interview and health assessment.

After being placed on the waitlist please:

FHA Community Substance Use Services Clinics will be happy to support your application to treatment. Please contact your local Fraser Health Community Service:

Fraser Health Help

Intake Criteria

Westminster House welcomes women who satisfy the following requirements:

  • girl or adult who identifies as a female

  • You currently have a negative relationship with drugs and/or alcohol

  • Chemical addiction including alcohol misuse is your primary diagnosis

  • You have funding in place

  • You are prepared to become a non-smoker/vaper for the duration of your stay
    Agree to adhere to Westminster House

  • Primary Care Guidelines

If you are satisfied with the above-noted requirements, please call Westminster House offices and request to be added to our waitlist. If there are special circumstances surrounding one of our criteria, please call and discuss it with our trained intake counselors. We are willing to work with you to help you succeed in your desire for recovery.

If you or a loved one requires assistance, please contact one of our intake staff.

Toll-Free: 1-866-524-5633 or Local: 604-524-5633

Our highly qualified staff are available anytime, 24 hours / 7 days a week. All information is kept confidential.

Referring Agents

Please download and print the referral forms:

WHS Referral Package * FHA Referral PackageEmail:

Fax: 604-524-4634

Referrals are accepted from any source, examples are the following:

  • Community health centres and counsellors
  • Medical detoxification centres and physicians
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
  • School Counsellors, Academic Advisors
  • Self-referrals
  • Physicians, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, etc.

Service Providers

Do you have experience in working with women in addiction recovery? If you offer services that help women in their journey to self-discovery and recovery through one-to-one and group services, get in touch with us. We are always looking to partner with local service providers to help us help women recover.

Philosophy

Westminster House provides addiction recovery services for Youth and Adult women that include medical detox, socialization, primary treatment, transition, and family programs. Westminster House is a longer-term residential program and to complete the full continuum of care, the average stay could be as short as 6 weeks and as long as 6 months. Many residents also access Westminster House long term substance-free sober living program which can be up to one 1 year.

Prospective clients may struggle with the idea of taking 90 days out of their life to participate in addiction treatment, though our treatment is recommended minimum of 90 days, participants can be introduced to recovery on a short term basis that sometimes helps them make better decisions about their future treatment plans.

Call our intake line at 604-524-5633 to start the telephone screening process, and our professional intake coordinator will help determine treatment readiness and suitability. Interventions are available for pre-contemplative clients.

FAQs

If you have further queries, please contact us and we would be happy to answer any questions you have.

What time is intake?

What should I bring with me?

What can’t I bring with me?

What do I do with my medications?

Can I receive visitors, phone calls or letters?

Can I smoke?

Addiction Self Test

Have you felt annoyed by others criticizing your drinking or drug use?

Have you felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?

Have you had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a headache?

Have you ever felt that you should cut down on your drinking or drug use?

Have you ever used drinking or drugs to ‘escape’ or numb your feelings?

Have you ever felt a loss of control over your drinking or drug use, which led to consuming more or for longer than you intended?

Have you had difficulty abstaining from drinking or using drugs for extended periods of time?

Have you made promises to yourself or loved ones about quitting drinking or using drugs and then broken that promise?

Have you ever sought treatment in the past for drinking or drug use?

Do we have permission to contact you?

Preferred method of communication:

Program Length

Westminster House drug and alcohol treatment programs start with primary care. We provide programs for Youth and Adults. During a client’s stay they are supported to explore the core issues that led to their addiction. This includes group therapy, one to one counselling, addiction educational series, introspective writing (12 Steps), and health and wellness. The clients live in a peer to peer environment and participate in peer support at all times to ensure complete safety and accountability to the program.

Clients who need to return to work can attend our 65 day condense program with the option of 25 days of Support Recovery Transitional Living. This program is ideal for those who are dedicated to introspective writing daily to complete the program. The clients live in a peer to peer environment and participate in peer support at all times to ensure complete safety and accountability to the program.

Westminster House offers a 90, 65-day condensed program or 10-day Intro to Recovery Program.

The Second Stage program supports the integration of clients back into society and the workplace. The program consists of group therapy, one to one counselling, work support programs, and family counselling. With the support of their counsellor, the clients develop goals to prepare them for the next stage of their recovery. Clients are supported to attend outside programs without the supervision of their peers. This model of programming allows the client to gain independence, and build self-esteem helping to ensure a smooth process of reintegration into society.

The On-Going Recovery Program is an open ended extension of the Westminster House residential Primary Care Program and it is necessary to provide a full continuum of care to clients seeking an exit to the cycle of addiction. The On-Going Recovery Program is focused on improving long term sustainable recovery. This will improve social outcomes for women, who have been chronic substance abusers, having a positive impact on their families and their communities, reaching the criminal justice system, health care system and social services.

After completion of their program at Westminster House, clients are encouraged to become alumni. They can then volunteer, join event committee’s and share their experience with new women who are entering the recovery program and “give back”. The centre is a permanent sanctuary where alumni are welcome any time.

Are You a Service Provider?

Do you have experience in working with women in addiction recovery? If you offer services that help women in their journey to self-discovery and recovery through one-to-one and group services, get in touch with us. We are always looking to partner with local service providers to help us help women recover.